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Why robots are cool.

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.

CHOC Walk is Coming!

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 And be sure to visit to sign up for the walk. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Chivas Come to CHOC

Chivas USA visit patients at CHOC
Chivas USA visit patients at CHOC

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!

M is for Magnet

Proud to be Magnet

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.

Choco Appreciation Day

Choco Appreciation Day
Choco Appreciation Day

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!