Media Alert:

Media Event Alert: The importance of water safety, June 6


WHAT: With school coming to an end and summer just beginning, kids will be headed to the beach, swimming in pools and inevitably around water to keep cool and have fun. But that fun can lead to tragedy if proper water safety is not prevalent.

As the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the Inland Empire, covering 25 percent of California’s landmass, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) has already received five victims of drowning in the last month. Compared to recent years, this year has seen a surge in the number of drownings, a preventable accident.

Join LLUCH, LLU Drayson Center and Safe Kids Inland Empire as we shed light on the importance of water safety through demonstration, display and an active pool party.

WHEN: 10 – 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 6. Please arrive by 9:45 for check in and set up.

WHERE: LLU Drayson Center pool, 25040 Stewart Street, Loma Linda


  • Michelle Parker from Safe Kids inland Empire will provide statistical data on drownings in the region, highlight the ABCs of water safety and walk through a display highlighting the lives of those who have been affected by drowning.
  • Theresa Doran, RN, BSN, pediatric transport coordinator at LLUCH, will talk about the specialized capabilities of the pediatric transport team who bring the ICU to the patient with the Children’s Hospital ambulance.
  • Shamel Abd-Allah, MD, chief of pediatric critical care at LLUCH, will talk about how the hospital is specially equipped to care for kids; the medical implications of a child submerged in water for specific durations of time; and what life after drowning looks like for those who do survive.
  • B-roll/photo op: LLU Drayson Center will be hosting a pool party for Loma Linda Academy first graders during the event.

Please RSVP by June 5 to Briana Pastorino, by email or by phone at 562-882-0762.

About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH

The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Press Contacts

Briana Pastorino - Manager, Public Relations