Children's Hospital Los Angeles – Why Work For Us?


Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hospital for pediatric care.

CHLA has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and is among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.

CHLA is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States.

CHLA is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Each year, we provide more than 107,000 children with pediatric health care in a setting designed just for their needs.

We are a research hospital and believe that it is through research that we can improve the delivery of care to the children of the future.


Founded in 1901, CHLA is the first and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California. CHLA is one of only 10 children’s hospitals in the nation–and the only one on the West Coast–to be named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is referred to by those who know it best as “CHLA,” an acronym that has come to be synonymous with our compassionate brand of care. As a nonprofit hospital, this acronym is one that we use constantly as we rely on generous philanthropists in the community to support the three main tenets of how we fulfill our mission of: 1) compassionate patient care, 2) leading-edge education for the caregivers of tomorrow and 3) innovative research efforts that impact children at our hospital and around the world.

CHLA is:

  • The only freestanding Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Los Angeles County approved by the County Department of Health Services and accredited by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
  • One of only 13 children’s hospitals to be designated a “Top Hospital” for 2013 by The Leapfrog Group.
  • Designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center – an honor held by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.
  • Granted the Beacon Award for Excellence in Pediatric Intensive Care Units from the American Association of Critical Care Nursing.
  • The most recognized and favored hospital in Los Angeles County among families with children, according to a 2010 independent study.
  • A provider of more than $125 million annually in community benefits to the children and families of Los Angeles
  • According to the Children’s Hospital Association, The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ranks eighth in the nation among children’s hospitals in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.


More than 5,200 employees and nearly 650 medical staff deliver care to patients at CHLA. Annual statistics log:

  • 14,600 inpatient visits
  • 343,753 outpatient visits
  • More than 72,000 Emergency Department visits
  • More than 16,000 pediatric surgeries performed – more complex procedures than any other hospital in Southern California.
  • 365 active beds overall
  • 106 pediatric critical care beds (more than any other hospital in the western U.S.)

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, our mission statement was crafted with the help of staff from throughout our hospital. In the video featured here, you'll hear them sharing, in their own voices, what it is that really makes our hospital's mission and values take shape through the care that we provide.


We create hope and build healthier futures.

As a leading academic children’s hospital, we fulfill our mission by:

  • Caring for children, adolescents, young adults, families and each other
  • Advancing knowledge
  • Preparing future generations
  • Building our financial strength


  • We achieve our best together.
  • We are hopeful and compassionate.
  • We are learners leading transformation.
  • We are stewards of the lives and resources entrusted to us.
  • We serve with great care.

We offer full- and part-time employees working 20 or more hours per week a comprehensive, flexible benefits program that allows them to choose a plan that best meets their needs and the needs of their family.

  • Health benefits for MedicalDental and Vision care offered.
  • Eligibility begins on the first day of the month following one full month of continuous employment.
  • You can elect to cover yourself alone or yourself and your eligible family members.
  • You pay your share of the cost through regular payroll deductions on a before-tax basis except for domestic partner coverage which is purchased with after-tax dollars.
  • Medical coverage options include both Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), and Consumer Directed Health Plans (CDHP).
  • Through our PPO plans, you are free to use any physician or facility you choose. However, if you use out-of-network providers, reimbursement levels are lower - and the deductibles and coinsurance payments apply.

Health Benefits Eligibility

All full- and part-time employees working 20 or more hours per week are eligible for health benefits. Per Diem and Casual employees are not eligible. 
Your eligible dependents may also participate.

Eligible dependents include your lawful spouse as defined by applicable state law, natural children, stepchildren, adopted children, children placed in your home for adoption and children for whom you are the legal guardian. A dependent child must be under the age of 26 and rely on you for primary support and maintenance.

Unmarried children of any age who are incapable of self support due to a physical or mental handicap and who are fully dependent on you for support are also eligible.

No other person qualifies as a dependent, including a parent that resides with you.

Medical Insurance

Health care coverage is an important part of your benefits package at our hospital and there are four medical plans to choose from.  In considering any of the plans, please consider your health care needs and the health care needs of your family very carefully before making your elections. The plans are outlined below:

  • Blue Cross Prudent Buyer PPO plan is a preferred provider organization (PPO).  Under this plan, you have the freedom to choose, each time you need care, between in-network providers who offer their services at discounted rates or out-of-network providers.  You may see any licensed in-network or out-of-network provider without a referral from a primary care physician; however, it costs you less if you see an in-network provider. The annual deductible for this plan is $250 per individual and $750 per family.
  • Consumer Directed Health Plan 1250 or 2500 is a high deductible preferred provider organization (PPO) designed to give participants PPO flexibility along with financial incentives and tools to make better, more cost-conscious health care decisions. The individual deductible is a choice of either $1,250 or $2,500 per person ($2,500 or $5,000 Family Deductible).  These plans have lower premiums each pay period to take into consideration the higher deductible. With these options there is a companion Health Savings Account (HSA) that that allows you to save money in a tax-free account to cover eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Blue Cross CaliforniaCare HMO plan is a health maintenance organization (HMO) that offers you economical medical coverage.  An HMO is a medical plan that requires you to receive all of your care from a network of participating physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers.  With this plan, you must choose a primary medical group (PMG) and a primary care physician (PCP) for yourself and each dependent that you are covering.   You can choose your medical group or your PCP from the Blue Cross Provider Directory when you enroll.  Your PCP will coordinate all of your medical care and make any necessary referrals to specialists and hospitals.
  • Kaiser HMO provides services through Kaiser facilities.   Kaiser providers (e.g., physicians, hospitals, etc.) work for Kaiser at Kaiser Permanente facilities around the country. You have access to full-service medical care if you use Kaiser physicians, hospitals and other health care providers. Otherwise, you will receive no benefits, except in a life threatening/emergency situation.

Dental Insurance

Dental coverage is also an important part of the benefits plan we offer for you.  In considering any one of these two plans, please consider your needs and the needs of your family very carefully before making your dental election. The two plans are outlined below:

  • Delta Dental PPO Plan  A PPO plan allows you to choose care from in-network and out-of-network providers. When you obtain preventive care, from in-network providers the plan pays 100%, Delta Dental PPO will pay a percentage for basic and major services based on a negotiated rate that has been agreed upon by Delta Dental dentists. When you obtain any care from out-of network providers, the plan pays a smaller percentage. The percentage of the cost Delta pays non-participating dentist is based on   what is considered reasonable and customary (R&C) for the area.. This means that when you seek care with an out of network dentist your out of pocket expenses will be higher.
  • DeltaCare USA HMO Plan is an “HMO-style” dental plan. Dental care is provided through a network of private practice dental offices. When you enroll in the DeltaCare Plan, you must select a dental office for you and the dependents that you are covering.  Your dental office will coordinate all of your dental services. For your dental care to be covered, you must obtain dental services through this office, or obtain pre-authorization from DeltaCare PMI for services elsewhere. For most basic and preventive services, you pay no co-payment. For other covered services, your co-payment ranges from $5 to $1,800, depending on the procedure.  

Vision Insurance

We offer vision coverage through Anthem Blue View Vision, one of the nation's largest provider of eye-care coverage, with access to more than 44,000 providers and provider locations.  Under your vision plan, you can choose between network and out-of-network providers - but you will receive a higher level of benefits, and enjoy greater convenience, if you go to a provider in the Blue View Vision network. Blue View Vision contracts with thousands of doctors across the country, so you should have no problem finding a Blue View Vision network provider near you.  There are no claim forms to fill out when you go to a Blue View Vision network provider. If you decide to go to an out-of-network vision care provider, you will have to pay your entire bill up front, then file a claim with Blue View Vision for reimbursement.


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is excited to present a new training program for the experienced registered nurse who is interested in transitioning to an acute care pediatric setting. The Versant Transition Residency at CHLA will prepare and support the experienced nurse as they enter into a pediatric specialty area. This program will be offered twice a year, August and February. 

Unique Features

  • The Transition Residency, ranging from 12 weeks to 16 weeks depending on the area of specialty, includes competency-driven clinical immersion and curriculum, as well as formal mentoring and debriefing.
  • Each transition RN receives an individualized learning plan for competency acquisition based on a performance gap analysis process.
  • Vital professional development topics, such as career planning, conflict resolution, the culture of a new unit, self-confidence and goal setting, are presented and discussed.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for the Transition Residency Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles: 

  1. A registered nurse with at least 1 year of experience working as an RN in an acute care or non-acute care setting, however acute care experienced is preferred
  2. Bachelor’s degree in any field, BSN or MSN degree preferred
  3. Current American Heart Association CPR and PALS certification

Important Dates 

Online applications for the August 2015 cohort will open in May 2015.


Apply online using our Nursing Career Opportunities Search. You will be able to view and apply to the areas that will be accepting applicants for this program.

Please complete the entire online application, attaching a resume is highly recommended.

Upcoming Program Dates 

  • August 2015
  • February 2016


David Davis, RN, MN

David missed “the lifelong learning environment” in an academic facility like Children’s Hospital. “We encourage people to keep growing,” he says. His own growth pattern included eight positions at Children’s Hospital between 1989 and 2003.

Then a department restructuring left him wondering about other opportunities. He began working for a home health and hospice provider, eventually becoming its executive director and CEO. He later joined two Southern California hospitals in high-level administrative positions. In spring 2008, he returned to Children’s Hospital as director of PCS Medical/Surgical Services.

Davis knew he’d be back at some point because Children’s Hospital is different from any other organization he’s worked in. “This is a unique environment in terms of the collaborations that happen between all the professionals,” he explains. “It’s palpable — everyone’s on the same page. We’re here to help the children.”

Dialysis Unit 

Barbara O'Flynn, RN
35 Years of Service

"The atmosphere in Dialysis is one of family. We get to know our patients and their families over months and years.  It is very nice to have ongoing long term relationships. Working ten years in our unit is the norm.  Many of our staff have been working in this division over twenty years. We support each other and work to help each other to accomplish our goals for better patient care and free time away from work."

Heart Institute

Barbara Gross, RN

Patient Care Services Director, Heart Institute
35 Years of Service

In all my years at Children's I have never been bored. I have found that there is limitless opportunity if you are willing to take the risk of going outside your boundaries, and doing different things. I have learned something new almost every single day.


Karen Baker, RN, BSN

4 West
Karen discovered a ... disconnect after she moved to New Jersey in 2006 so her husband, Dennis, could get his master’s degree in theater education at New York University.

Baker signed on at a pediatric facility associated with an adult hospital. Procedures, tools and medications were produced in volumes intended for adults and scaled down.

“The child just wasn’t the first priority,” she says. Her husband’s degree completed, Baker started back at Children’s Hospital in September — “a big relief!”

She’s excited by the need to be on top of her game. “You’re expected to know more here,” she says.

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    I received a phone call to interview with two labs at CHLA. I interviewed with the first group, then the second group. First, I took a brief quiz on general biology/chemistry, then was led to interview with both groups. Each group asked me general questions about my background, where I saw myself in the next couple of years, and what sort of lab experience I had.

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles Awards & Accolades

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Best Children's Hospital Honor Roll (5) , US News & World Report, 2015
100 Great Hospitals in America , Becker’s Hospital Review, 2014
Magnet Recognition , American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2013
Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll (Cardiology & Heart Surgery ranked 3) , US News & World Report, 2016
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Additional Info

Headquarters Los Angeles, CA
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1901
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Health Care
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is dedicated to treating the youngest critical care patients in the region. It specializes in treating seriously ill and injured children, from its neonatal intensive care unit to its pediatric organ transplant center. CHLA's pediatric specialists also provide care at its ambulatory care center in Arcadia and through about ... More

Mission: At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, our mission statement was crafted with the help of staff from throughout our hospital. In the video featured here, you'll hear them sharing, in their own voices, what it is that really makes our hospital's mission and values take shape through the care that we provide. Mission We create hope and build healthier futures.

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