“An Angel,” and Baseball Friends, Help Raise Money to Benefit Children with Cancer at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

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Jerry Finklestein, MD, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s shows Former LA Angels first baseman, Wally Joyner the tremendous gratitude Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach feels to the Wally Joyner Foundation for supporting the expansion of Miller Children’s Hematology/Oncology Unit.

The Wally Joyner & Friends Golf Classic was held at Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa benefitting Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Los Angeles former Angels first baseman, Wally Joyner, hosted the golf tournament in which 144 players and 23 current and former Major League Baseball players such as Bruce Bochy, Bud Black, Mickey Hatcher and Tim Salmon participated. More than $120,000 was raised to support the $5 million expansion initiative to build a new pediatric hematology/oncology unit in Miller Children’s new pavilion.

The new pediatric hematology/oncology unit is a collaboration of ground-breaking research, along with care team and patient feedback, to design the optimal, family centered hematology-oncology unit. The new pediatric hematology-oncology unit will have private rooms, which not only gives patients and families more privacy, but potentially is better from an infection control and health stand point. Each patient room will be equipped with a “patient zone” that will include a bed and a desk, a “family zone” that will include a sleep chair, desk, and controlled lighting for that area, and a “care team zone” that includes a charting area. In addition, there will be a large playroom, and a state-of-the arthepa-filtration system, creating 100 percent clean air, important for cancer patients who are immunocompromised.

“Our patients and their families will benefit tremendously, through the expansion of our pediatric cancer unit,” says Jerry Finklestein, MD, founding medical director, JJCCC. “We thank Wally Joyner and everyone who came out and supported advancing our care and research.”

About Miller Children’s Hospital:
Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex—as well as maternity care for expectant mothers—all under one roof. Only five percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community, but across the region. Miller Children’s is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California.

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