Last Christmas Tony Lim came to visit Whittier Hospital's Pediatrics
Sub Acute Unit, accompanied by his mom and stepfather. He wanted to show
how grateful he is to be alive thanks to the exceptional and dedicated
care he received at Whittier Hospital. Tony, now 18, was born with his
esophagus detached from his stomach, which also caused lung and heart
issues. Doctors diagnosed the baby's condition, and he stayed at the
facility in Long Beach for about three months, before being transferred
to Whittier Hospital Medical Center's Pediatric Sub-Acute Center.
He stayed at Whittier for two years. Nurses who cared for Tony while he
was a patient at the Unit, looked on after they greeted the young man
and his family. It's great to see him so healthy, said nurse Belinda
Melnikoff, who along with Groma Chakrapani and John Borsos, cared for
Tony. Belinda called the support of the family strong and loving.
Tony handed out toys, including building blocks, remote control cars, electronic
games and dolls for the kids at the Pediatric Sub Acute Unit. Tony, who
endured several surgeries during his extended hospital stay, said he was
glad to visit the young patients.
The Pediatric Subacute Center cares for children who are too ill or technologically
dependent to receive care at home. The unit has received national accolades
in the sixth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings by U.S. News & World
Report and ranked among the top nursing facilities in all of California.
The center received further commendation in the comprehensive report.
It went on to show that Whittier Hospital's nursing staff provides
four times more personal attention per resident that the national average
and the center's quality measures were nearly impeccable with a ranking
above both state and national averages.
For more information about the Unit, please call 562 464 6345 or visit