As I spent the last 50 weeks gearing up for this special day, I met so many wonderful people who help make CHOC special: its patients and families, staff, physicians, volunteers, community supporters and more.
I also realized that CHOC, after 50 years of care, is truly part of the fabric of Orange County.
I think you’d have a hard time finding someone in these parts who hasn’t somehow been affected by CHOC. Possibly they, a friend or family member received care here. Perhaps they or a loved one once worked or volunteered here. And maybe they have given to CHOC, either through participating in the CHOC Walk or by making a donation.
No matter the connection, they are are a welcomed and valued part of the CHOC family. And I hope you all will join with me in acknowledging this special milestone.
We have a lot to celebrate: Since 1964, CHOC has nurtured, advanced and protected the health and well-being of children through innovative care and state-of-the-art facilities. What started as a 62-bed children’s hospital – the first in Orange County – has grown into a pediatric health care system serving multiple counties. CHOC’s rapid growth in size and community impact should be of no surprise, given its leadership and steadfast commitment to defining the future of pediatric medicine.
CHOC has evolved a lot through the last half century. And while the hospital is proud of its rich past, CHOC’s focus is on the future. I can’t wait to see what it does in the next 50 years to continue giving children bright futures in Orange County and beyond.
I hope you’ve enjoyed following my gratitude tour. This may be my final post, but the celebration can continue. Share your special CHOC memory or anniversary congratulations on social media by using the hashtag #thxCHOC.