Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Photo by Debster88 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Photo by Debster88 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A $5 million commitment from a nonprofit group dedicated to raising funds for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will support care for children diagnosed with neurological conditions, it was announced Wednesday.

The gift from Las Madrinas establishes the Las Madrinas Chief of Neurology Chair, to be held by Dr. Douglas Nordli Jr., chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurology at CHLA, and supports the improvement and expansion of the Neurological Institute’s Epilepsy Program.

“With the advent of precision medicine and novel diagnostic tools, this is a pivotal time in the field of child neurology,” said Nordli, who’s also vice chair of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. “This generous donation provides CHLA the opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of children with neurological challenges here in Los Angeles and beyond.”

Las Madrinas, initially known as The Godmothers, was founded in 1933 to support  health care and research at CHLA.

Support from Las Madrinas will fund a substantial expansion and upgrade of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at CHLA, permitting the institution to double the size of the EMU and upgrade equipment to include portable and wireless monitoring systems to track a patient’s brain activity.

“Early diagnosis and precise treatment of epilepsy are critical for a child’s developing brain,” said Las Madrinas President Lisa Brandt. “For a child with uncontrollable seizures, it is vital to have timely access to a pediatric epileptologist to receive immediate care and ultimately prevent devastating consequences.”

—City News Service

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