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2 SANTA MONICA Pharmacy Remodel When Facilities Manager Pat Rugg met with SMUCLA Chief Administrative Offi cer Posie Carpenter and Diane Zalba, director of Pharmaceutical Services, earlier this year to discuss remodeling the SMUCLA pharmacy, it probably seemed like “mission impossible.” He was asked to convert the basement-level space into a more effi cient and aesthetically pleasing work environment for pharmacy staff members so they, in turn, could better serve caregivers — and do so with little budget. Th ree months later, “mission impossible” has become “mission accomplished!” Th e 5,000- square-foot pharmacy has been completely reconfi gured to create more open work spaces, larger storage areas and a better overall design. Pat collaborated with Director of Transition Planning Amy Wills, Posie, Diane and her pharmacy staff to design a better layout for the department, then utilized his Facilities team to execute the vision, including the installation of new casework, countertops and fl ooring. He also worked with Security, MCCS and Telecommunications on necessary infrastructure. Th e remodeled pharmacy features larger IV Prep and Receiving areas, as well as a staff break room and a new waiting area so employees no longer have to sit in the hallway waiting for prescriptions. Th ere are also more storage areas in more logical places, enhancing productivity. Landscaping was even added to a niche outside one of the windows. Although pharmacy staff ers are still getting accustomed to their new space, the feedback has been favorable. “Once everyone gets used to things in new places, I think they’re really going to like it,” says pharmacist Harry Sands. Transitional care provides support for adolescents, young adults with congenital heart disease Congenital heart disease (CHD), one of most common birth defects in the United States, affects one out of every 120 babies. But with major advances in diagnosis, medical treatment and surgical techniques, up to 90 percent of these infants will live into adulthood. The Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center recognized the need for a seamless, gradual transition for their adolescent patients and partnered to create the UCLA Transitional Care Program for Adolescents/Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease, coordinated by Anthony Chang, M.D., and Mary M. Canobbio, R.N. The program prepares teens, young adults and their parents to move from child-focused to adultbased healthcare by providing comprehensive treatment for adolescents ages 15 to 20 years old. The monthly clinic provides education about the importance of life-long cardiac care, selfmanagement and an understanding of critical lifestyle choices facing adults living with CHD, including exercise, nutrition, medication coverage, health and life insurance and psychosocial development. Additionally, a number of noncardiac services have been added, including gynecologic services. “Teaching the patient to assume responsibility Mary M. Canobbio, R.N. for his/her own care and feeling confi dent about it is a very important goal of our program,” Mary observes. “Everyone needs a support group, and we hope we can provide that to our patients and their families.” Camp Ronald McDonald continued from page 1 Theodore Moore, M.D. During each camp session, as many as 140 campers take part in activities ranging from swimming, horseback riding and hiking, to crafts, pottery and dancing. The goal for the children and their families is to relax and have fun. The goal for Dr. Moore and the other clinical volunteers in the camp’s medical clinic, known as Camp Med Shed, is to provide medical care ranging from daily chemotherapy treatments to fi rst aid for scrapes and bruises. No distinction is made between the children with cancer and their family members, which, says Dr. Moore, allows him to spend quality time with entire families affected by cancer. “It’s an opportunity to build relationships and trust that you would not otherwise have in a clinic or critical care setting,” he says. “We get to see the children playing and having fun, which is what we really treasure.” Dr. Moore encourages his UCLA Health System colleagues to participate as camp volunteers. Those interested in volunteer opportunities may contact the camp director at (800) 625-7295.
What is dance therapy? Dance/movement therapy is an expressive psychotherapy that combines the theories of psychoanalysis and early child development to facilitate and foster positive psychological and emotional growth for an individual. Th is therapeutic approach incorporates movement expression into everyday action to provide a place for self-exploration, self-awareness and overall well-being. Th e wonderful thing about dance therapy is that you don’t need to speak the same language because movement reveals so much without words. What do you do as a dance therapist? I conduct 15- to 30-minute sessions with children from 2 to 18 years old, all enduring long-term hospitalization, heightened pain or anxiety. I meet the children, join them in their current activity, whether they are lying down in their room or playing in the playroom. I typically start with a warm-up to get their bodies moving based on how they are feeling in that moment — jumping around or just deep breathing — it doesn’t necessarily have to be dancing. I just try to make my interactions very non-intrusive and fi nd that my play-based and fun approach really helps children open up and express themselves. Sometimes it’s hard for children to express themselves verbally, to try to fi nd the right words to communicate and articulate their feelings. By analyzing their most basic body movements, I can get a full range of their feelings and they can feel supported, as there is no wrong way of moving. UCLApeople Lori Baudino, Psy.D., ADTR, Dance/Movement Therapist Dance therapist inspires patients with movement As a clinical psychologist and dance/movement therapist, Lori helps patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA to turn their emotions into motion. How did you get connected with Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA? I have bachelor’s degrees in psychology and dance, and a master’s degree in creative art therapy, specializing in dance/movement therapy, and a doctorate in clinical psychology. I’ve always been a dancer and have always believed that our body language helps us express how we feel emotionally and psychologically. As the West Coast dance therapist for the Andrea Rizzo Foundation (Dréa’s Dreams), which provides grants that exclusively fund dance therapy/expressive movement programming for children with cancer and special needs, I approached Amy Bullock, director of Child Life/Child Development Services, and talked about the program we wanted to provide to the pediatric patients at Mattel. Since November 2008, my time here has grown from one hour a month to six hours a month. Is there a particularly memorable experience you’ve had? Every time I come to UCLA, I leave with happy memories. I recently met with a 7-year-old patient who was in his room with his family, where no one was interacting. I started a movement exploration with him and we ended up in imaginary play, with the child taking us to his favorite store and to his house. Th rough movement, the child explored walking, fl ying and moving his body in ways he was unable to physically accomplish. He was able to explore and express his needs and wants to his family, and he discovered appropriate coping strategies and skills for maintaining his stay in the hospital. Th e child and his parents began to share stories and past memories and everyone laughed. Th e boy really livened up, and the nurse joined us and was amazed by how much he expressed himself in that short time. Th e family connected with each other, and through this experience, the boy was able to share with us his feelings of missing home. Th is was a way he could visit, while still being in the hospital. “ Our body language helps us express how we feel emotionally and psychologically.“ What do you fi nd most challenging about being a dance therapist? People are unsure of what dance therapy is, and it’s challenging teaching and educating them. It’s usually easier to have people observe and participate in order to understand and support their child’s individual challenges, fi nding ways to express their every need and want in a place of acceptance and understanding through movement. What are your personal hobbies? I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, hike and to dance for fun. I’ve been a therapist for more than seven years and have had the opportunity to travel around the world to work with children. I’ve lived and worked in Australia, Africa, Ecuador, Washington, D.C., New York and now California. 3