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An Open Letter to the Staff of OIC

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

An Open Letter to the Staff of OIC


As we begin the new year, it is my privilege to write to you on behalf of the management team, the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) directors, and the Foundation trustees to say thank you for all that you do every single day for the patients and families of OIC.   With sincere appreciation, thank you very much!


2013 was a special year. We changed our name, conducted two budget planning processes, tightly-managed our expenses, recruited exceptional faculty, focused our research on pediatric orthopaedics, maintained consistently high patient satisfaction scores, upgraded our buildings and grounds, reenergized our philanthropic efforts, launched a $10M campaign for the construction of an Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC), and saw our ranking in U.S. News & World Report catapult.  In fact, no other orthopaedic program in the nation improved its ranking as much as did UCLA/Orthopedics, of which we are proud to be a vital part.


While each of these milestones are important in their own right, the achievement we can take most pride in is that we treated more children on the OIC campuses than any previous year in our 103-year history!    It’s most important because we offer the best orthopaedic care available to children in Southern California and beyond.  And, remaining true to Dr. Lowman’s vision and as followed by my predecessors, we care for all children.  


The reach of OIC extended well beyond the tens of thousands of kids we treated here and through our International Children’s Program when you consider our commitment to education and research.  We trained surgical fellows, residents, scientists, medical students, radiology technologists, and nurse practitioners.   We offered internships to students from UCLA and USC, and partnered with two USC classes for the design of our websites.  The students of Orthopaedic Magnet High School logged hundreds of hours with us and gained invaluable insights about the healthcare profession. 


Our research program was among the top ten orthopaedic research enterprises funded by the National Institutes of Health and our scientists were well-published on an array of orthopaedic topics.  Due to our expertise and commitment to the field, we assumed the management of the Skeletal Dysplasia Registry and Tissue Bank - the largest of its kind in the world.  The information it contains is vital to researchers around the globe who are studying developmental bone disease.    


The three pillars of OIC - care, education, and research - are on solid footing due to your daily work and backed-up by our volunteers and donors.   Due to the long-standing leadership of our support groups and hundreds of other volunteers and donors, we were emboldened to fulfill our unique mission.  No other institution west of the Mississippi has the laser-like focus of providing pediatric orthopedics for all…and we simply couldn’t practice such comprehensive academic medicine without significant donations of time and treasure.


As we celebrate the successes of 2013, we look toward 2014 with great anticipation.  This year, we will break ground on a new Ambulatory Surgical Center, unveil a five-year strategic plan, and even bring Ozzie, our mascot, to life.  We will continue to promote our new name and brand, while remaining focused on our vision of being the country’s pre-eminent provider of pediatric orthopaedic care, education and research.


To achieve what has been accomplished and to continue that momentum, it takes the commitment of every staff member, volunteer, and donor.  I’m proud to work alongside each of you and grateful for everything you do to improve the lives of the children we heal, the minds we train, and the impact our science has on children and families around the world.


Happy New Year,


 


Anthony Scaduto, MD


President and CEO