Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Expands Cardiology and Hematology/Oncology Staff in South Bay Outpatient Center

CHLA’s Torrance medical facility continues to grow and offer
unparalleled pediatric care for outpatients

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has seen a surge of growth in its
South Bay outpatient care center, allowing even more local families to
experience the exceptional care of California’s top pediatric medical
center closer to home. Since opening its doors in 2013, the
Torrance-based pediatric medical facility has doubled its staff of
physicians and increased the number of pediatric specialty offerings,
including the addition of clinical specialty care service in
hematology-oncology, a new cardiology hire and laboratory services.
Patient visits to the South Bay clinic have grown by 32 percent in the
past year alone.


“Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is constantly striving to extend its
mission of creating hope and building healthier futures, and expanding
our nationally-ranked pediatric specialty care services in the South Bay
community is a reflection of that,” says Lara Khouri, MBA, MPH, senior
vice president and chief strategy officer, Children’s Hospital
Los Angeles. “CHLA is proud of its reputation for hiring the brightest
and most dedicated physicians, and with the expansion of staff and
service lines in the South Bay clinic, we are able to serve more local
families with our exceptional pediatric care.”

The newest addition to the South Bay Outpatient Center is pediatric
heart specialist Brandy Hattendorf, MD, FAAP, FACC, FASE. Dr.
Hattendorf, who formerly served as medical director of non-invasive
pediatric cardiology at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long
Beach, is a pediatric cardiologist with specialized expertise in cardiac
imaging to diagnose and treat prenatal, infant and pediatric patients
with congenital heart defects or acquired heart disease. In conjunction
with Dr. Hattendorf’s arrival, the South Bay clinic has been equipped
with a state-of-the-art cardiovascular ultrasound machine to better
evaluate, diagnose and treat all forms of heart conditions, in addition
to the electrocardiogram, X-ray and laboratory services already offered.
A nationally recognized cardiologist, Dr. Hattendorf is a fellow of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), American College of Cardiology
(FACC) and American Society of Echocardiography (FASE), and holds
national committee positions with the two latter organizations. She
joins a stellar staff of CHLA South Bay cardiologists – Sarah Badran,
MD; Pierre Wong, MD; and Arash Sabati, MD.

“Dr. Hattendorf brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as for a familiarity with the
South Bay community. We could not be more thrilled to have her on board
to serve as the primary pediatric heart specialist on staff at the CHLA
South Bay Outpatient Center,” says Frank Ing, MD, chief of the Division
of Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and co-director of the
hospital’s Heart Institute. “CHLA is ranked among the top 10 children’s
hospitals in the nation for pediatric heart care, and Dr. Hattendorf’s
presence in the South Bay ensures CHLA’s brand of personalized care in
cardiology will be available to families five days a week.”

Meanwhile, hematology-oncology is the newest specialty care service to
be offered at the South Bay clinic, adding six physicians – Jacquelyn
Baskin, MD, MSc; Girish Dhall, MD; Cecilia Fu, MD; Josephine HaDuong,
MD; Amanda Termuhlen, MD; and Guy Young, MD. CHLA’s pediatric cancer
center is consistently ranked as a top 10 pediatric specialty in the
nation for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report, and the same quality
of care is now available in the South Bay.

“We are thrilled that the expanding footprint of Children’s Hospital Los
Angeles’ cancer reach will allow families to receive the best care
available closer to home,” said Amanda Termuhlen, MD, director of
outreach services and medical director of inpatient services at
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Children and teenagers with the most
common form of pediatric leukemia can now receive checkups and
maintenance chemotherapy here in the South Bay, and patients with other
hematology and oncology diagnoses can have laboratory tests obtained and
follow-up performed here as well.”

Orthopaedics and endocrinology have also seen substantial growth. Due to
high demand, the orthopaedics specialty created a walk-in clinic to make
it even easier for patients to see CHLA specialists. The need for
pediatric care in endocrinology is high as well, with physicians often
booked up completely for the week. CHLA’s orthopaedics and endocrinology
programs are both ranked No. 8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The CHLA South Bay Outpatient Center provides the community with a
medical facility staffed by 26 physicians with expertise in 12 pediatric
specialties: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology,
hematology/oncology, neurology, neuropsychology, ophthalmology,
orthopaedics, otolaryngology, plastic and maxillofacial surgery,
pulmonology and urology. The medical facility also offers specialized
services in radiology and laboratory services, with a board-certified
pathologist available for consultation at all times.

Clinic Details and Hours:

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles South Bay Outpatient Center is
located at 3440 Torrance Blvd., Ste. 100, Torrance, CA 90503, a block
from the Del Amo Fashion Center. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 12
p.m., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Appointments can be made at 310-303-3890. For
additional information visit CHLA.org/SouthBay.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s
hospital in California and among the top 10 in the nation for clinical
excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World
Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research
Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research
facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital is also one of
America’s premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation with the
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since
1932.

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Lauren Song, Media Relations
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