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If you watch the news, it’s easy to feel down about a lot of things, and that’s why I like to highlight some good news – like the occasions when an organization that I respect is making waves by doing good. The folks at Mattel are in the business of making children happy, and that extends well beyond simply making toys. One such initiative has been the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, and this week, Mattel announced a $50 million gift to UCLA Health that will fund an expansion of the facility, and “help establish a world-class pediatric care center and research hub focused on improving children’s health.”

As a partner with UCLA for over 20 years, Mattel has contributed over $80 million to support the university and health care system. The latest donation “enables the hospital to build a ‘kids-only’ system of care, ensuring the child’s experience remains the No. 1 focus through facilities designed with patients and families in mind. In addition, the gift will help the hospital continually improve care and outcomes; ensure that all staff is specialized in treating children; and better integrate play and health during treatment to comfort children when they need it most.”

“By combining the resources and expertise of two of Los Angeles’ leaders in children’s health and wellness, we are ensuring world-class care to the neediest in our community,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “This partnership extends our impact far beyond what either of us could achieve on our own, and together, UCLA and Mattel will build on our commitment to establish the best children’s hospital in the world.” 

“Mattel has always been committed to serving our communities in meaningful and impactful ways,” said Richard Dickson, president and chief operating officer of Mattel. “Today’s gift is an extension of that legacy, and more importantly, it will help ensure that even more children and families will benefit from exceptional healthcare at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.”

Mattel’s commitment will also support global children’s health through programs in China, Indonesia, India and South Africa, including doctor exchanges and research partnerships.