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Two of CHOC Children’s Nurses Recognized by Association of California Nurse Leaders

I have a confession to make – I love the nurses at CHOC Children’s, and here’s one more reason why:  two of our nursing leaders were recently recognized by the Association of California Nurse Leaders.  Julie Vaupel-Phillips was honored for best practices in recruitment, retention and outreach and Jan Kidwell was recognized for best practice in innovation.  These two nurse leaders are shining examples of the nursing profession and CHOC Children’s is lucky to have them!

CHOC Cherishes Children Gala

I had such a great time at the inaugural CHOC Cherishes Children Gala – a fundraiser for CHOC Children’s.  It was wonderful to see so many supporters (close to 300!)  I was a little star-struck by guest of honor Manny Guevara, known to his fans as Manny on the Streets on 102.7 KIIS-FM.  Manny is such a cool guy and a regular visitor to the hospital.  He accepted the first-ever Children’s Champion Award on behalf of KIIS-FM.  As you probably know, KIIS-FM has been a long-time supporter of the hospital and played a key role in helping bring Radio Lollipop to CHOC.  We are so thankful for their friendship.  We are also so thankful for the support we received by everyone at the gala.  An auction that evening helped to increase net proceeds to $335,000 for the night!  For those of you who missed the event, stay tuned for details on next year’s gala – or you can find ways to support the hospital on our website www.choc.org.

California Recognizes CHOC Children’s

Another BIG honor for CHOC Children’s – we were recently recognized with a Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council for Excellence.  CHOC Children’s is the only children’s hospital in the state to ever earn this distinction.  What a honor!

The CAPE Award is the highest recognition in the state for performance excellence and honors organizations that demonstrate continuous improvement and superior performance in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement/knowledge management, human resources, process management and business results.

This recognition is a reflection of CHOC’s clinical excellence and of the hospital’s organizational-wide commitment to the highest standards of patient safety and quality of care.  Our patients deserve nothing less, right??

Dr. Goodman is my Hero

By Choco Bear

The other day I witnessed my dear friend Dr. Gary Goodman hard at work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on our Mission Viejo campus (CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital), where he is the Medical Director of the PICU.  His team takes care of the most critically ill and injured kids – an incredible responsibility.  Seeing Dr. Goodman in action, delivering high-quality, family-centered care reminded me of his recent honor of being named a 2008 Hospital Hero by the Hospital Association of Southern California.

In addition to his work inside the hospital, Dr. Goodman lends his expertise, time and voice to education and prevention efforts in Orange County and beyond.  He contributed to the development of CHOC’s drowning prevention video “Three Tragic Seconds – Time to Make a Difference” and was a speaker at the 2008 National Drowning Prevention Symposium.  In the area of traumatic brain injury, Dr. Goodman is the only pediatric representative on a multidisciplinary team that developed a comprehensive traumatic brain injury protocol, which has dramatically reduced morbidity and mortality from traumatic brain injury in children.  On a national level, he is the only pediatric subspecialist participating in the Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative, which trains hospitals all over the country to improve treatment for traumatic brain injuries.

Now you can see why he is a 2008 Hospital Hero.  (He’s always been one of mine.)

Autism Event Offers Latest Information for OC Families

Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability that affects 1 in 150 births. The condition is caused by a neurological disorder that affects brain function – impacting the normal development of the brain that controls social interaction and communication skills. CHOC and UCI Medical Center are leaders in the diagnosis and management of autism through a collaborative, state-funded program known as “For OC Kids.” The program allows experts from both CHOC and UCI Medical Center to take an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to children with autism, offering patients access to the latest alternatives.  

CHOC and UCI, joined by the Grandparent Autism Network, are combining forces to bring an autism event “Today’s Autism Research”  Tomorrow’s Promising Outcomes” to Orange County on Saturday, January 31st, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Mariner’s Church in Irvine.  The event will feature the latest research information and some of the top autism experts. 

For more information or to register, visit www.choc.org.