CHOC Children’s Hospital Earns Beacon Award

Can a proud bear boast for a moment?  CHOC Children’s just earned another national accolade!  The pediatric intensive care unit on our Orange campus became the first in the nation to be recognized with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award given by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  This honor represents extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.  You see why I am so proud?

Ralphs and Food 4 Less Funds Donate to CHOC Children’s

The kind people at the Ralphs Fund and the Food 4 Less Fund, the philanthropic arms of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, recently donated $25,000 in support of The CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult Program.  This program gives our teen and adoloscent cancer patients access to the latest clinical protocols and psychosocial services tailored to meet their unique needs.  This is not the first gift from the Ralphs and Food 4 Less Funds.  Since 1996, they’ve donated more than $213,000.  What an awesome demonstration of corporate philanthropy!

Santa Spreads Holiday Cheer with Help from Local Firefighters

I have always counted firefighters among my list of heroes – along with CHOC doctors and nurses, of course.  Today, firefighters from the City of Orange were big heroes to our patients for escorting Santa to our campus – despite the rain.  Patients gathered in the playrooms to see the big guy in the red suit riding on a firetruck,  with sirens blaring, behind the hospital.  Santa, along with the firefighters, came into the hospital to spread a little holiday cheer.  Our young patients could not take their eyes off of our special guest.  (See the photo if you don’t believe me.)

Out of respect for Mr. Claus, I stayed low key – I didn’t want to take the attention away from him.

CHOC, UCI Create World-Class Center for Children’s Health

I have always admired UC Irvine’s mascot, Peter the Anteater, but now we’re practically family!  For anyone who has not heard, CHOC, UC Irvine Healthcare and UC Irvine School of Medicine have formed a strategic affiliation to better serve children and families.  The affiliation will create a pediatrics center that integrates high-quality, comprehensive patient care; leading-edge research and excellent teaching programs.  With this affiliation, CHOC and UC Irvine are transforming the way pediatric care is delivered in Orange County, enhancing and combining premier services to increase access to the best treatment for our community’s children.  How cool is that? Peter and I are very proud!

CHOCO at the Canyon Cruise for the Kids

I had a blast at the 2008 CHOC at Mission Toy ride. Motocycle riders from all over Orange County gathered at Daily’s Grill in Rancho Santa Margarita on Sunday, December 7.  They were escorted by  Orange County fire fighters through Rancho Santa Margarita and Trabuco Canyon, before arriving at CHOC at Mission to spread lots of holiday cheer, including gifts and cash donations, to my young friends. 

Here I am pictured with some of  our Associates.  Aren’t I photogenic? Hope to see you all again next year!

CHOCO for President

Today we celebrated Halloween at CHOC Children’s and I officially announced my candidacy for the President of the United States.  I promise honey in every pot and a toy bear for every child in the nation if I am elected President.

All joking aside, this is one of my favorite events here at the hospital. It is so much fun to see all of our Associates dressed up for Halloween. Many of our patients get dressed up too and they get to walk through the halls trick or treating. Just because they can’t be home for Halloween doesn’t mean they can’t have fun and based on the smiles I saw today I think everyone had a spooktacular day! 

Support Children’s Hospitals – Vote Yes on 3!

Every day, California Children’s Hospitals save lives. (I know. I see it every day.) Children with leukemia, cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease. 80% of kids with leukemia are making it. 90% are coming through delicate heart surgery. Proposition 3 doesn’t raise taxes. It gives the sickest kids in California the chance for a better life.

Proposition 3 will help California’s children’s hospitals meet the current and growing needs of our state’s most critically ill children.  If the bond is passed, CHOC is eligible to receive up to $98 million for expansion, renovation and the purchase of medical equipment.  The Children’s Hospital Bond Act is an investment in the lives of children served who will be cared for over the next three decades in the state’s premiere pediatric facilities, including CHOC.  Please visit to learn more.

Lollipop Live Was a Hit!


Lollipop Live! will likely make the record books for CHOC as one of the most memorable days for our patients and their families. The exciting day started out with Ryan Seacrest broadcasting his top-rated morning show from inside CHOC’s Radio Lollipop studio. Celebrities stopped by throughout the day, including Heidi and Spencer from “The Hills,” Jesse McCartney, Ne-Yo, Misty May Treanor, Shawn and Kim Wayans, and more!

Families and guests were wooed with performances by Jesse and other artists who have hits on the R & B and pop charts. Disney sensation (and former Cosby kid) Raven Symone, was spotted on the floors and inside the patients’ rooms. She was a hit with patients and parents, alike.

The event also featured crafts and activities, with help from merchants from the Downtown Disney District and from Children’s Miracle Network sponsors. Patients, volunteers and staff took to the stage for “CHOC’S Got Talent,” giving the celebrity performers tough competition. (Check out our Residents in this video!)

KIIS-FM raised about $60,000 for CHOC – as of the last DJ sign off at 10 p.m.

I had such a blast…I can’t wait until next year! To view photos and more video from the event, visit keyword CHOC!

KIIS FM is in the House!

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 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!

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.

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