I am so excited today because the great people at KIIS FM are broadcasting from CHOC all day today to celebrate Radio Lollipop’s Anniversary! There are so many cool things going on. Just tune your radio to 102.7 FM and you will hear Ryan Seacrest & Ellen, Sisanie, Boy Toy Jesse and JoJo (you can even listen online)! There are so many fun activities and ways to donate. Visit kiisfm.com keyword CHOC for more details, photos, video and so much more. Also, you can watch this video! If it gets 102,000 views, the Anaheim Ducks will donate $10,000 to CHOC!
Did you know that doctors at CHOC can talk directly with patients and doctors at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach without ever leaving the hospital in Orange? It’s true! Using robotic “telemedicine technology”, critical care specialists stationed at CHOC are able to assist Hoag Emergency Medicine physicians 24-hours-a-day in the evaluation and care of pediatric patients in the Hoag Emergency Care Unit. I just read this really great article about one of our docs in yesterday’s Orange County Register. It’s all about how he can talk with patients using this cool, life-sized robot. Click here to read the article.
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.