SOUTH BAY AUXILIARY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
LOS ANGELES THRIFT SHOP
Founded in 1901 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nations’s highest ranked children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. It is a premier teaching hospital affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of USC since 1932. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the one of only 10 children’s hospitals in the nation and the only one on the west coast to be named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report honor roll for 2014-15. Each year more than 104,000 sick children come to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for care. An outpatient center opened in 2013 to expand Children’s Hospital Los Angeles access in the South Bay at 3340 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.
These were humble beginnings with only four beds and a volunteer physician in 1901. The needs in the early days were great but their scope and scale were quite different from those of today. Women in the South Bay realized the need for support and formed the Hermosa Beach Auxiliary in 1914 and by 1925 raised enough money for a convalescent home at 445 Monterey in Hermosa Beach. The Thrift Shop, operated entirely by volunteers, opened in 1930 to support the home. The home no longer exists but the Thrift Shop continues in the same location for 40 years at 1418 Aviation Blvd., Redondo Beach.
The Associates have committed to funding a $3 million endowment for liver and intestinal research to support new discoveries that lead to cures and therapies for children afflicted by diseases of the intestinal tract, pancreas, and liver. Currently CHLA has many nationally recognized laboratory and clinical research programs, one of which is focused on inflammatory bowel disease and one on obesity-related fatty liver disease. Some of the diseases that our support is helping to find therapies and cures for include but are not limited to:
- Inflammation of the intestine
- Intestinal dysmotility
- Weight-loss surgery
- Pancreatic disorders
- Liver disorders and transplantation
- Allergic disorders of the intestinal tract
- Celiac disease
The Associates have also committed to raising $3 million for the Associates Chair for the Chief of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center which supports the leadership, vision and research of Dr. David Skaggs in the Center which is recognized as one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation. Dr. Skaggs oversees a multidisciplinary team of pediatric surgeons, nurses, oncologists, rehabilitation experts, prosthetists, physical therapists and biomedical engineers who collaborate to provide care through more than 25,000 patient visits and nearly 2,000 surgical procedures every year.