FEBRUARY 2012

COVER STORY
 

New Mattel Wall Inspires Healing

Our pediatric patients are getting a colorful and friendly welcome on the fifth floor of the hospital in Westwood thanks to new artwork that adorns the walls. Mattel, Inc., in collaboration with Blik Design Firm, partnered with Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA to design the murals. The characters and themes are based on suggestions from patients and families.

“One child was so excited to see all the characters around the wall, she walked all around the unit, despite her discomfort following surgery. The young girl said she wanted ‘to see all of the pictures’ before returning to her room,” remarks Amy Bullock, director of UCLA’s Chase Child Life department. “The murals add positivity to the unit and put smiles on everyone’s faces.”

Future phases of the project will include the third floor, PICU and NICU at RRUCLA, and the pediatric units at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.