MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach employees create giant human 50 to celebrate 50th anniversary

On Friday, May 14, MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach ended National Hospital Week with a celebration that brought staff together in a large group for the first time in more than a year. Physicians, nurses and clinical staff gathered outside in the shape of a giant 50 in honor of Miller Children’s & Women’s 50th anniversary.

In 1970, Miller Children’s & Women’s became the sixth free-standing children’s hospital in California. Today, it remains one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in the state. However, due to the pandemic, the hospital had to put its golden anniversary celebration on hold.

“It’s been a challenging year for our hospital and staff,” says Graham Tse, M.D., chief medical officer, Miller Children’s & Women’s. “As we emerge from this pandemic, it’s nice to give our staff and physicians an opportunity to pause and take a moment to celebrate. We’re so excited to finally recognize this significant milestone together.”

Five decades ago, Miller Children’s & Women’s was founded by the late Dr. Harry Orme, Long Beach’s first pediatric cardiologist, after recognizing a community need for health care designed to meet the unique needs of children.

Over the last 50 years, Miller Children’s & Women’s has stayed true to its founder’s vision and continues to provide care to nearly 15,000 children who need hospitalization, as well 65,000 children who need ongoing specialized follow-up care each year.

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