Cherese Laulhere, a 21-year-old UCLA student, was killed in a tragic bus accident in India in 1996, but continues to make a difference.
A foundation created in Cherese's memory by her parents, Chris and Larry Laulhere, and her brother, Todd, has given a philanthropic gift to purchase a specialized monitor for the Miller Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This digital system monitors heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure, and allows physicians and nurses to retrieve the patient's history from data storage within the monitor. This is the first of 18 monitors needed for this particular unit.
"This monitor provides our intermediate level patients with the same monitoring they receive in the intensive care area," said Chris Lombardi, RN, manager for the NICU.
Cherese Mari Laulhere Foundation also has given a Pediatric Continuous Venovenous Hemodialysis Pump, support to establish Miller Children's Abuse and Violence Intervention Center Conference Room and two Neonate Micro Lites with Stand. Larry Laulhere said, "The foundation will continue to support worthy causes. It's what Cherese would have wanted. She was interested in helping people, especially children. This is all really her doing. We're just fulfilling her wish."