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Help for Those Who Need It Most

Physician helps young children in local community.
UCLA is committed to serving the community, including the most vulnerable.

Patients routinely are referred to UCLA hospitals because of the system’s expertise in complex care and its commitment to serving the community, including the most vulnerable. The UCLA Health System assumes an obligation to provide for that population’s care, and the President’s Strategic Fund and the Rape Treatment Center, both part of UCLA Health, just received $1 million from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to help meet that obligation.

Easing Financial Burdens

Complex care requires considerable resources, and patients’ existing financial hardships become magnified by their hospitalization and the loss of wages that results from it. The Strategic Fund is used to meet these patients’ medical needs, with UCLA underwriting many of the essential elements of healing. These include co-payments for medication, family housing during treatment, recuperative care housing for homeless patients, and basic living expenses during emergency situations and extended hospitalizations.

Caring for Every Need

The foundation’s gift also will benefit the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, and Stuart House, its internationally recognized model program that serves the special needs of sexually abused children. Stuart House provides expert, free, comprehensive, and compassionate care for child victims 24 hours a day, including emergency medical care, forensic services, advocacy, trauma-informed child and family therapy, and the support of an innovative on-site multiagency child protection team. Stuart House fosters healing and resilience.

Inspiring Others to Help

“Steven and I are humbled to support UCLA and their efforts to provide high-quality medical care for disadvantaged and at-risk populations,” says Alexandra Cohen, president of the foundation. “We are committed to supporting our local communities and the challenges many face. In partnering with UCLA Health, we hope to help others and inspire our communities to give back to Los Angeles in a significant way.”

Published December 2018

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