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Every day, California Hospital Medical Center makes a difference in patients' lives. Our doors are open 24/7 to help all who need care, regardless of their social or economic status.


Meet Glenn Laird.
Glenn came to California Hospital Medical Center following a routine motor vehicle collision but things quickly took a drastic turn:

“I started out as a routine traffic accident victim, but soon I began to crash. My brother and his wife gathered at my side to say their goodbyes. But be
fore I lost consciousness, I was asked a simple question: Do you want to live? I responded, yes.

One doctor became an orchestra leader. He summoned all of the various professionals that a trauma center could muster and then the magic began as everything possible was done to bring me back from the brink of death. Through the technology and skills of a well-trained team, I made it and awoke four days later to realize that I had just been given the gift of continued life. For that, you can never understand the depth of my gratitude.”


Why I Run: Catherine's story.
Nine years ago, a vehicle crashed at full speed into Catherine Round (center in photo) an accomplished ballet performer and instructor. She wasn't sure she would ever be able to dance again. But after receiving emergency care and extensive rehabilitation at California Hospital Medical Center, she returned to ballet and now enjoys doing the things she loves again ... including giving back.


This marks the 7th year of the Heart of the City 5K and Catherine has been a participant since the beginning. As a team captain, she recruits other ballerinas and friends to join her on race day and raises funds for the hospital. It's easy to spot Catherine's team on the course ... just look for the group in pink tutus!

It's a wonderful hospital that helps people get back on their feet. We always have so much fun at the race and look forward to it each year!"
- former patient, Catherine Round

If you'd like to share your story with us, please call or email Maggie Trigueros at 213-742-6301 or 
We'd love to hear your story!