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For children and families dealing with a lifethreatening illness such as cancer, sometimes an enjoyable getaway is just what the doctor ordered. Located in Riverside County near Palm Springs, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times ® provides residential camping opportunities for cancer patients, as well as their siblings and parents, at no cost to the families. Cancer patients up to 18 years at any stage of illness or treatment may participate, which means medical supervision is required. Theodore Moore, M.D., and other pediatric hematology and oncology staff regularly volunteer their time and clinical expertise to support the camp. “When a child has cancer, so much of their life is affected by the stigma of the disease,” Dr. Moore explains. “It’s very important for children and their families, as they go through the therapy for cancer, to have some normalcy in their lives, and camp is one of the things that allow that.” It begins with U Employee News Multidisciplinary team treats children with autism Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are developmental disabilities characterized by signifi cant impairments in cognition, social interaction and communication, as well as the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. An estimated one in 150 children may have an ASD, and the prevalence of reported cases is increasing. Th rough the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program (ECPHP) at Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, children aged 2 through 6 years with ASDs and other behavioral disorders receive comprehensive assessments and short-term integrated day UCLA Health System faculty and staff volunteer at Camp Ronald McDonald continued on page 5 Dr. Moore was recruited as a volunteer approximately 15 years ago by another UCLA employee, Fran Wiley, R.N., who has been a nurse specialist in the UCLA Division of Hematology and Oncology for more than 30 years and was one of the early founders of the camp. continued on page 2 Left to right: Barbara Buchbinder, R.N., Fran Wiley, R.N., M.S.N., Jesset and LaVette Bowles, R.N., F.N.P., Debbie Ward R.N., Ted Moore, M.D. On the web: UCLA Website Provides Interactive Information IN THIS ISSUE UCLA People: 3 Lori Baudino Inspires with Dance Inside Stories: 2 SMUCLA Pharmacy Remodel 2 Transitional Care Program for CHD 4 Med-Peds Program Offers Support 4 PRS Expands Outreach 4 UCLA Monitors Swine Flu 5 Image Gently at UCLA Wellness Initiative: 6 Annual Wellness Fairs 6 Lunchtime Presentation MAY 2009 The UCLA Health System Website provides valuable links to: Flu IQ Health Encyclopedia Women’s Health Center Surgeries and Procedures Heart Center Community Calendar To view these, and more, go to: www.uclahealth.org/HealthResources News Shorts: 6 SMUCLA Newsmakers 6 UCLA Makes List of Top Hospitals 6 May National Healthcare Recognitions

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