Travel to Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA

Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA is dedicated to providing care for the emotional and physical health of children in all stages of life from newborn babies to young adults. The hospital is located on in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the third and fourth floors and has a dedicated entrance on the Gayley Avenue. The facility is specialized in dealing with critically ill child patients by offering the most sophisticated and empathetic healthcare in an atmosphere that is not only welcoming but also healing to both the child patients and their parents and friends.

Many patients and their families travel long distances to come and receive healthcare services in this hospital.

While insurance companies cover treatment costs, the traveling expenses are not covered. Careful planning is required to keep travel expenses to a minimum.

If you are planning to travel to UCLA, the resources on this page will help you navigate the area and select the best possible travel options.

If you cannot afford travel for medical treatment, use our directory of charitable organizations that can help arrange no-cost transportation for you.

Getting to Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA

By Air

Getting to Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA from any location in the world is simple. This is because the hospital’s area is served by both domestic and international airports and flights. Search for low fares to these airports near UCLA Hospital:

Once you are in the airports, you can catch a taxi or a cab. There are also many private and public means that one can use in order to reach the hospital from any of the above airports. The information desks in the airports are important in providing brochures and other materials that can help you to reach the hospital quickly. Among the taxi service providers that you can choose from include Yellow Cab, Bell Cab, United Independent Cab, Checker Cab, Beverly Hills Cab and Absolutely Pet Taxi.

If you need to fly to Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, use our Flight Search to find the best fares. The closest airport to Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA with commercial service is Los Angeles International Airport. Mattel Children’s Hospital is around 10 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (Get Directions Here).

If you are flexible, or have not yet booked your appointment, use our Price Calendar to find the best days to fly and book your medical appointment accordingly.

By Public Transportation

Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA is served by six public transportation service providers. Some of these transportation service providers offer services that are subsidized by the hospital. You should be aware of this. Among those that are subsidized by the hospital include the following;

  1. BruinTAP for Transit
  2. LADOT Commuter Express (Los Angeles Department of Transportation)
  3. Santa Clarita Transit
  4. Antelope Valley Transit Authority
  5. EZ Transit Pass

Other public transportation providers include the following;

  1. Go Metro
  2. Culver City Bus
  3. Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
  • Uber and Lyft are inexpensive and convenient options for local transportation. Click on the links to sign up with one or both of these services before your trip.
  • If you need medical transport, for example, wheelchair transportation, use our medical transport directory to find options in the San Diego area.
  • Finally, if you would prefer to book a ride in advance, use our advance ride finder.

Lodging Options for Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA

There are many lodging options that visitors and out-patients can use when accessing Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.

The UCLA Tiverton House is a UCLA facility for families of patients at the UCLA Medical Center. They offer a subsidized rate to patient’s families, and the facility is very convenient to the medical center.

Among the best hotels that one can get lodging and accommodation during their visit to the hospital include the following. All of these are within a mile from this medical facility;

  • Hilgard House Hotel & Suites:
  • Royal Palace Westwood:
  • Claremont Hotel:
  • Plaza La Reina:
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills:

About Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA

It was in 1998 when the philanthropic arm of Mattel Inc, Mattel Children’s Foundation pledged 25 million dollars for the foundation of the hospital. Later in 2017, Mattel Inc. gifted UCLA Foundation 50 million dollars for the children’s health. With this support, the hospital is set to carry out expansion of pediatric health regionally, increase its global reach in order to improve and enhance children’s health throughout the world. It will also promote the worldwide sharing of the best healthcare practices and research of the hospital.

The health experts in this hospital provide high quality healthcare using a family-centered approach. It employs multidisciplinary approach in the planning, evaluation and delivery of pediatric healthcare that ensures the best allocation of resources, greater patient and family relief, better results and collective communication.

The facility is alive to the fact that children are not small adults and therefore pay the best attention to the emotional and social needs of the admitted children and their loved ones. The hospital also provides experts from the Chase Child Life program that ease fears and anxieties that come with being hospitalized. These professionals are experts in communicating truthful and age-specific information. They also look out for potential sources of stress and educate patients and their loved ones on how to cope with health situations. The hospital understands that therapeutic activities such as music, art, movements, or dance are important in reducing stress and anxiety while enhancing physical well-being of child patients.

The Staff and Faculty in the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and the Pediatrics Department have for more than 60 years delivered healthcare, research and education. The hospitals Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute has also taken into these achievements to enhance collaborations among the professionals in the hospital.

According to U.S. News & World Report, Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the United States as “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” in the country.

Visitor/ Family Access Information

The hospital considers the well-being of their patients as the most important thing in the process of dealing with visitors and visiting time. Among the most important considerations include the following;

  • If the patients are able to, they choose who to visit and when. In this way, visitors are allowed to visit 24 hours.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Those suffering from illnesses such as flu are kindly requested to postpone their visit
  • Patients are discharged at 11am.

Departments and Services in Mattel Children’s Hospital

Here are the services that one can get from the facility. In case you need more information regarding the hospital physicians and healthcare services, you can place a call using (800) UCLA-MD1 (825-2631) Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST) between 8am and 5pm weekdays.

Hospital Services

  • Child Life/Child Development Program
  • Volunteer Services
  • People Animal Connection (PAC)
  • Operation Mend

Clinical Services

Here are the clinical services that you can get in the hospital;

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Clinical Trials
  • Dental Services
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Donated Body Program
  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmaceutical Services
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
  • Radiology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Surgery
  • Respiratory Care Services
  • Urology
  • Transplantation Services


For more help or to find a doctor, kindly contact Physician Referral Service at (800) UCLA-MD1 (800-825-2631).