The existing project between Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) is dedicated to bringing quality care and treatment to Ventura County children who become ill with cancer or blood diseases. It will ensure that these children and their families will not have to make the arduous trek to Los Angeles for treatment.
In August of 2007, VCMC was able to recruit Dr. Francisco Bracho from Georgetown University Medical Center to lead the program. Dr. Bracho is a Board Certified Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist with experience in the clinical care of ill children, including clinical trials, and multi-disciplinary treatment collaboration. Since the opening of the program in 2007, there have been over 5,000 patient visits. This program is rapidly expanding, and we expect over 2,000 patient visits this year. A larger unit in the new building at VCMC opened in October 2010 to meet the growing demand in our community.
Through the silent & live auctions and our supporters’ generous donations, we have raised over $1,400,000 over the past 12 years for our noteworthy causes.
The National Charity League Juniors of Ventura is also working to implement a Ronald McDonald Family Room located at VCMC as part of their hospital repurposing in 2017. This Ronald McDonald Family Room project serves to assist with the psychological, social, emotional care of our pediatric patient families facilitating the Pediatrics Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unity, and the Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Program at Ventura County Medical Center.