As we celebrate Doctors Day at CHOC Children’s we take this opportunity to honor our physicians for their dedication to the children we serve. Each day they offer hope and healing through their compassionate and world-class care. Take a moment to visit our website and read about some of our docs and the amazing things they do for our kids: http://www.choc.org/100stories/index.cfm?keyword=docs
I had the huge honor of hosting the Anaheim Ducks – including my pal Wild Wing – here at CHOC for the dedication of the new Anaheim Ducks wing on the hospital’s oncology floor. The wing includes a playroom/school room, teen room with a flat screen TV and electronic games, staff lounge, family room and storage space. It has the coolest graphics on the walls – they make you feel like you are right there on the ice with the players. The teen room is great for our teen and adolesecent patients, encouraging them to hang out with each other. As part of the CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute’s Adolescent and Young Adult Program, the hospital wanted to create an environment that would help make teen cancer patients still feel like teens. Allowing these patients to hang out with each other versus with younger patients or with adults at adult facilities is much better for them psychologically, too.
Here I am pictured with Wild Wing and Dr. Sender, the medical director of the CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute.
I have been known to showcase some smooth dance skills every now and again – not easy for a bear my size. There’s nothing like dancing, especially when combined with singing, to cheer one’s soul. That’s why I am counting the days until CHOC Follies XII: The Princess and the Prius, featuring more than 100 of Orange County’s society, business and civic leaders singing and dancing to raise funds for CHOC Children’s. This hysterical musical production will hit the Robert B. Moore Theater at Orange Coast College on April 2 at 8 p.m., April 3 at 8 p.m., and April 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. More information, including ticket prices and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at www.chocfollies.org.
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!
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.