Governor’s Office Appoints Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Nurse to California Commission on Emergency Medical Services

Governor’s Office Appoints Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Nurse to California Commission on Emergency Medical Services

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Kathy Stevenson, BSN, RN, PCS, pediatric disaster resource center manager and house supervisor at , has been appointed to California Commission on Emergency Medical Services by California Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown Jr.

“I look forward to serving on the Commission for Emergency Medical Services,” says Stevenson. “This new appointment will allow me to gain awareness of the statewide efforts and to provide input on pediatric emergency medical services.”

Stevenson has worked at Children’s Hospital since 1983 serving as a pediatric nurse for more than 25 years, and in emergency preparedness for more than 15 years. As the manager of the pediatric disaster resource training center at Children’s Hospital, she has worked with the L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency and served on work groups focusing on various disaster-related topics. When Children’s Hospital moved into their new building in 2011, Stevenson developed a detailed plan for the hospital to coordinate this transfer, including moving ICU and Medical/Surgical patients.

“I can think of no person in California more committed to local, state and national emergency preparation,” says Mary Dee Hacker, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Children’s Hospital. “Kathy is never satisfied with status quo, she continuously raises the bar with every debrief after a drill or a real disaster. She is determined to have a well-prepared society and workforce for whatever disaster might occur. The California Commission on Emergency Medical Services will be better with the expertise of Kathleen Stevenson.”

Stevenson has worked with hospitals throughout Los Angeles County and California and will be representing the California Hospital Association and state hospitals while serving on the California Commission.

Stevenson lives in Saugus in the Santa Clarita Valley, where Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Valencia outpatient center is located and provides pediatric specialty care for the community. The outpatient center offers expertise in 11 pediatric specialties, including gastroenterology, hematology and oncology, neurology, orthopaedics, pediatric surgery, Otolaryngology (ENT), plastic surgery, pulmonary and urology.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital on the West Coast and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospital 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.

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