Patient and Donor Stories


Six years ago, Catherine Round, a premier ballet dancer and teacher, was in a very serious car accident. Our staff took great care of her and got Catherine back on her feet, dancing and teaching again. For the past three years, Catherine has put on a benefit dance performance so California Hospital can help others, just as we helped her.



Faye Lee, MD, Elena Rossman, Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner, Ryan Gerber,
and Randall F. Roberts, MD

Ryan Gerber, a downtown Los Angeles resident in his 30s, felt
chest pains while at the gym just a few blocks from California
Hospital Medical Center. He Googled “emergency room” on his
smart phone and came to our hospital. It turned out that he
had a serious heart condition called an aortic dissection and
an aneurysm. There is a very small window of time in which
you can treat this condition before it is fatal. Mr. Gerber is
grateful for the doctors and nurses who saved his life that day
and to California Hospital for being his community hospital.

“The nurses, doctors, and staff were all pretty awesome.
They really looked after me and my mom, who was there
for almost the entire time. Amazing people like Nurse
Practitioner Elena Rossman treated us like family
and really took care of me at my weakest, when I couldn’t
even take care of myself. They’re good people and
I really am indebted to them for the rest of my fortunate
life. Did I mention how awesome they are?”
—Grateful Patient Ryan Gerber


Officer Nelson Fong starts the race.
Los Angeles Police Department SWAT Team Officer Nelson Fong was shot in the line of duty and rushed the California Hospital Trauma Center where the medical team was able to save his critically injured leg.
Due in part to the medical attention he received at California Hospital, he made a remarkable recovery and set a personal goal to finish our Heart of the City 5K race. Nearly six months later, Officer Fong was  the honorary starter to the race and reached his goal by crossing the finish line.

Officer Fong and Wife, Cindy Fong at the finish line at the Heart of the City 5K Run/Walk.


Richard Powelson and Rev. Denise LaChance, CHMC Director of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care

A few months ago, Richard Powelson was brought to California Hospital's emergency room in excruciating pain.
Richard began to have episodes where something as simple as standing for any length of time would put pressure on his spine and his legs would painfully "give out." He visited other medical facilities but never received the proper treatment needed to ease his pain.

His colleague witnessed his condition and brought him to California Hospital's Emergency Department. CHMC doctors found masses on his spine and they operated immediately. Just a few days later, he was released from the hospital and has since gained full feeling in both of his legs, and is enjoying pain-free mobility.

A few weeks later, Richard returned to the hospital to deliver a thank you letter to express his gratitude. View letter.