LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Paris Hilton has made an extremely generous personal gift to support the construction of the New Hospital Building at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles "...to benefit the children and families of Greater Los Angeles for decades," according to the hospital.

Her generosity will be directed toward the New Hospital Building Campaign at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles for construction of the new space for children being treated at the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases in the New Hospital Building.

Ms. Hilton has toured the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and has involved herself with Childrens Hospital in a number of other ways. Ms. Hilton's generosity will name a double patient room on the floor in the New Hospital Building that will house the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and its inpatient facilities.

"I am so happy and fortunate to announce my support for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles," she said. "The children I have met through my involvement with Childrens Hospital have truly touched my heart.

"These fabulous new hospital facilities at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles will provide a caring, healing environment for children and their families for many years to come, and I am proud to make a donation and lend my name to the fundraising effort to help children who are facing terribly serious illness."

When the state-of-the-art, 460,000-square-foot New Hospital Building opens at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in 2010, it will be the finest medical and surgical environment for seriously ill and injured children in the United States, and it will serve as a national model of a family-centered environment in which children and their families can heal and learn together. This new "...place of hope and healing..." will support the most advanced pediatric medical and surgical practice available, anywhere in the United States.

Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been treating the most seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century, and it is acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital is one of America's premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932. It is a national leader in pediatric research.

Since 1990, U.S. News & World Report and its panel of board-certified pediatricians have named Childrens Hospital Los Angeles one of the top pediatric facilities in the nation.

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Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Steve Rutledge
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