Hey everyone! This year’s CHOC / Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park is October 19th!!! This is my absolute favorite CHOC event. I love getting up early, going to Disneyland and hanging out with all my Disney pals. Thousands of people come out to show their support for CHOC. Last year, we raised over $1.6 million for the hospital–and I’m sure we can raise even more this year! I heard we even have a cool, new social networking website just for CHOC Walk participants. Anyone can join and add their video, photos and stories about the walk. Check it out at http://members.chocwalk.org. And be sure to visit chocwalk.org to sign up for the walk. Can’t wait to see you all there!
My new friends on the Chivas USA soccer team stopped by the hospital to visit with patients on July 18th. What a welcome these players received here! CHOC kids and their families are big fans of the team, and had a lot of fun meeting the players and getting autographs. The players hung out with the patients in our playrooms and were just the coolest. I can see why they have such a large fan base. Be sure to cheer them on this season!
I always knew our nurses were cool…but this proves it. On July 16, 2008 we received the call that CHOC had been awarded “Magnet recognition” for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). What’s Magnet you ask? Well, The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANCC to recognize quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. It also provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. (I got that from the ANCC web site.) Receiving this designation puts us in the top 3% to 4% of hospitals in the nation! I’m so proud of all our nurses and to belong to such an amazing organization. But don’t just take my word for it, as the lead Magnet appraiser put it, “Magnet is what CHOC nurses and Associates do everyday and you do it exceptionally well.” Go CHOC Nursing!!!
For more about this incredible honor, visit CHOC’s website.
Wow…who would have thought they would have an appreciation day, just for me! June 28 was a happy day for me as patients and CHOC Associates celebrated “CHOCO Appreciation Day”. Associates wore CHOCO attire and Maggiano’s Little Italy supported the day by providing CHOCO-shaped cookies for patients to decorate in the Cafeteria. Maggiano’s also graciously gave treats to Associates and designed a huge, edible CHOCO Bear made out of (what else?) chocolate cake! Members of our Executive Management Team and patients helped decorate the huge cake and then we all enjoyed a great big piece. Many thanks to Maggiano’s for bringing lasting smiles and providing tremendous support to CHOC. This day was so much fun. I can’t wait for next year!
Okay, so ask me how cool it is to ride the Zamboni! I had a blast at CHOC Night at the Honda Center. Fun and excitement filled the air at as the Ducks took on the Calgary Flames. Limited edition “CHOCO” bears dressed in replica jerseys autographed by Ducks players, were a big hit again this year – with 1,000 bears sold! CHOC patients got to ride on the Zamboni, too, and one was named Honorary Duck. In addition, giveaways were distributed at the entrances and large poles were on display for visitors to sign encouraging messages for our patients. In a partnership with the Orange County Register, CHOC received a $1 donation for every spectator who text messaged “Go Kid Go” from their cell phone. All of the proceeds raised that night benefit CHOC and CHOC at Mission.
I sure had a great time–I got to hang out with the kids, the Ducks and of course my pal Wild Wing–he’s one crazy duck! In fact, Wild Wing and I have so much fun we made a video together. Click here to check it out.