The Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach cares for children — from birth to age 21 — with behavioral and developmental conditions, such as autism, Fragile X, ADHD/ADD, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, behavioral sleep conditions and craniofacial abnormalities, like cleft lip and palate. The Stramski Center often serves as the transitional care center for infants and toddlers, who have developmental delays following hospitalization in either the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Cherese Mari Laulhere Pediatric Intensive Care Unit — many times following the child’s care for years.

The Stramski Children’s Developmental Center was founded in 1975 by Dr. Geraldine A. Stramski, a developmental pediatrician who recognized the need for a team approach to the multiple health issues so often encountered in children with developmental conditions. For nearly 50 years, the Stramski Center has continued to provide comprehensive care and create specialized programs that address the unique needs of our patients, thanks in part to the generous support of our community. Major donors for the Stramski Center include the Steel Magnolias – an all-volunteer organization based in Long Beach. Through an annual golf tournament, signature gala and other imaginative events, the Steel Magnolias have raised more than $5.7 million over 25 years to benefit children and their families treated at the Stramski Center.


Advancing Care through Research

The Miller Children's & Women's research team seeks to produce more meaningful, applicable discoveries that directly improve the health of women and children across our region, both in real time and for future patients.

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Other Team Members

Nurse Practitioner

A registered nurse with special training for providing primary health care, including many tasks customarily performed by a physician.

Nurse Specialist

Nurse specialists are responsible for arranging authorizations for procedures, appointments, special tests and studies and communication among the child, family, school, primary care physician, team and others involved in the care of the child. The nurse specialist also assists the child and family in obtaining medical supplies, laboratory appointments and other care as needed.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Social workers are trained in psychotherapy and helps the child deal with a variety of mental health and daily living problems to improve overall daily life.


A psychologist supports the medical team through psychological assessments, appropriate referrals, treatment recommendations and support for the patients and their families.

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