Construction Begins on Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s New Medical Pavilion Reimagining Pediatric Care in the 21st Century

Date: 11/03/2018

Construction has begun on the new medical pavilion at Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children, the centerpiece of the hospital’s “Vision for Our Future” campaign, which will ensure that OIC’s surgeons, doctors and nurses have the best facilities and equipment to care for the increasing number of children who come through its doors.

The new medical pavilion involves a major reconstruction and reimagining of the OIC 1959 Lowman Building to transform it into a world-class pediatric facility. Housed within the new medical pavilion will be an expanded urgent care center and pharmacy, the nation’s largest pediatric fracture clinic, a new physical therapy center, a state-of-the-art imaging center, a new lecture hall, three new classrooms, and a new virtual-reality surgical training lab. The full project is expected to be completed in winter 2019.

“The entire new medical pavilion has been designed and built exclusively for children with the goal of greatly enhancing quality outcomes and enriching the patient experience for both children and their parents,” said Anthony Scaduto, M.D., CEO of OIC. “It is all part of our mission and our belief that all children, everywhere, should have the opportunity to achieve their best—to grow well and play well.”

The redesigned urgent care center will have 14 private exam rooms, two triage rooms and two procedure rooms exclusively used for musculoskeletal injuries and run by a staff specially trained in accurate triage of trauma injuries. The radiology center, co-located with the urgent care center, will feature the newest and most advanced equipment in downtown Los Angeles with three state-of-the-art diagnostic X-ray machines offering unparalleled comfort for patients and the highest-quality images for providers. The functional and efficient pediatric fracture clinic, the largest in the county, will have 14 exam rooms and a staff as adept at monitoring healing injuries as they are at diagnosing trauma. And the physical therapy center has been expressly designed for a child’s comfort, even having private rooms for highly sensitive kids.

“The Lowman Building was state of the art when it opened nearly 60 years ago and was instrumental in OIC’s growth to national prominence,” said Dr. Scaduto. “But state-of-the-art changes and advances in technology and research relieves most patients of the need to stay in the hospital after orthopaedic surgeries or medical procedures. Our new medical pavilion will allow us to treat kids more efficiently, reduce pain and suffering, and truly serve as a national model of what pediatric medical care should look like in this early part of the 21st century.”

OIC is currently more than halfway toward its $20 million “Vision for our Future” capital campaign. For information on how you can be part of this transformational project, contact the OIC Foundation at 213-742-1500 or