Antelope Valley Hospital Announces Partnership With UCLA for Pediatric Services

LANCASTER, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has entered into a partnership with
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA for inpatient services, bringing UCLA’s
world-class care to the region’s tiniest, most vulnerable patients.

According to Dr. Murugesa Thangavel, chief of pediatrics and medical
director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at AVH, the
partnership expands the neonatal and pediatric sub-specialty care
available at AVH, including such treatments as total body cooling, a
therapy that may prevent or minimize the consequences of brain injury in

“Babies who are born or diagnosed with a very serious condition can now
receive the complex level of care they need, right here in our
community,” said Dr. Thangavel. “As neonatal medicine continues to
evolve, I am proud to say that the capabilities of our NICU have
continued to evolve, too, from two rooms in 1985 to 21 licensed beds

As part of the agreement, ten UCLA board-certified neonatologists are
assigned to AVH and at least one is on call at AVH 24 hours a day 7 days
a week to provide the highest level of care to babies in the NICU. In
addition, three board-certified pediatric hospitalists are available to
provide specialized inpatient medical care and emergency room
consultations to well newborns as well as sick or injured infants and

AVH offers the area’s only NICU and pediatric services. For over 30
years AHV has provided lifesaving, specialized care to babies that
required immediate care after birth.

About Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, one of the highest-rated children’s
hospitals in California, is a vital component of Ronald Reagan UCLA
Medical Center, ranked the third best hospital in the nation and best in
the western United States by U.S. News and World Report. Mattel
Children’s Hospital offers a full spectrum of primary and specialized
medical care for infants, children and adolescents. The hospital’s
mission is to provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment
for children in a compassionate atmosphere and to improve the
understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases.

About Antelope Valley Hospital

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420-bed district hospital located in the
city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County, has been serving the
community for more than 60 years. The area’s only full-service hospital,
AVH provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric
treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. It is a Level II
trauma center, Accredited Chest Pain Center and Advanced Primary Stroke
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