Cedars-Sinai’s first pediatric center is nearing completion.
The 26,000-square-foot, 26-bed Guerin Children’s Center is slated to open later this summer on the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center campus in Beverly Grove.
The new center opened after a $100 million donation — the largest lifetime donation in Cedars-Sinai’s 119-year history — from the Shapell Guerin Family Foundation. The foundation’s president, Vera Guerin — who ranked him 47th on Business Journal’s list of the richest Angelenos last year with a net worth of $1.8 billion — is the immediate past chair of the Cedars-Sinai Health System Board of Directors.
They are longtime supporters of Cedars-Sinai along with her husband Paul Guerin and their three children.
“So it was about time that Paul and I had to think, ‘What kind of legacy do we want to leave and to whom?'” Vera Guerin said in a Cedars-Sinai blog post.
“After some thought, we both came to the conclusion that our gift should primarily benefit the children’s health and quality of life.”
The gift also honors the memory and legacy of Vera Guerin’s parents, Nathan and Lilly Shapell, both Holocaust survivors. Guerin said in the blog post that her father helped smuggle children out of a Jewish ghetto, which inspired the family’s desire to support a new pediatric health facility and incorporate some features to help families cope with a sick child.
“We intend to establish Guerin Children’s as an international destination for children and their families and as a leader in pediatric care and research in the United States,” said Thomas Priselac, CEO of Cedars-Sinai, in the blog post.
“The support and vision of Vera Guerin and the Shapell Guerin Family Foundation will have a lasting impact on the health of generations of children and families.”
The center includes several features specifically designed to help children temporarily forget they’re being hospitalized, the blog post says. There is a cinema/games room. The halls feature specially curated kid-friendly art installations and a wall of 3-D clouds. For children who can go outside, the gardens will have a play area and chat corners.
Each of the 26 patient rooms is equipped with a pull-out bed and a recliner that lies flat, allowing two adults, whether parents or other caregivers, to sleep comfortably with their patient’s child. Each room also has a window overlooking the campus garden.