Long Beach Hospital Dedicated to Children’s Well-Being

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Long Beach Hospital
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For more than 10 years, Gary Fournier has served as a managing director with JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Los Angeles securities office. A 2017 Barron’s article ranking him among the top 100 financial advisors in California listed assets under his management of more than $1.3 billion. In addition, Gary Fournier supports numerous charitable causes in his community, including Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, for which he previously served as a board member.

The Long Beach hospital assists in 6,000 births every year, about 800 of which are particularly high-risk. With more than 800 doctors and pediatric residents and more than 400 nurses, Miller Children’s serves some 80,000 outpatients annually as well. Its staff concentrates not only on general medicine, but on treating a number of specific conditions, such as cystic fibrosis and infectious diseases.

The hospital traces its beginnings back to the 1960s, a time in which Long Beach hospitals offered few pediatric services other than surgeries. But a forward-thinking Physician, Dr. Harry Orme, decided to change that.

Dr. Orme wanted to create a family-and child-centered facility in Long Beach similar to those he had seen in his travels. The philanthropic Miller family, and other local donors, contributed the capital funding necessary for the new hospital’s construction. It opened its doors in 1970, with Dr. Orme as its first medical director.

Over the years, Miller Children’s has expanded its services to encompass physical rehabilitation, dentistry, genetics, and programs designed to address behavioral and emotional issues.