Finally, A Family


After years of trying to start a family, Breanne and Kristopher Kessler were ecstatic to learn they were expecting twins. But when Breanne was only 30 weeks pregnant, something went terribly wrong. She was in unbearable, excruciating pain.

Within days, she was unconscious on an operating room table at Mission Hospital as her tiny babies were delivered via emergency c-section. Immediately, the trauma surgeons began what would be several hours of surgery to stop internal bleeding. The clinical teams from Mission Hospital and CHOC Mission worked furiously to save three lives.

Ready For Every Conceivable Emergency

Micah was born first—without a heartbeat. CHOC Mission physicians and staff performed chest compressions to resuscitate him. Mason followed quickly, also requiring the full expertise of the CHOC Mission neonatology team.

“It is uncommon to perform CPR on a fresh newborn unless something ominous has occurred just prior to delivery, as happened in this case,” said CHOC neonatologist Anthony Liu, M.D. “Our Level 3 NICU staff has rehearsed this scenario many times. We are constantly re-educating ourselves to be on top of every conceivable neonatal emergency.”

Kristopher credits the CHOC Mission team with making a very difficult and stressful situation manageable.  “They were not just incredible nurses and medical professionals,” Kristopher said. “They were truly good people, they cared for our boys as if they were their own.”

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Message from Kim Cripe, CEO

Dear friends,

emt_Cripe_lgYou are undoubtedly aware that CHOC Children’s has entered one of the most dynamic and exciting eras in our organization’s 48-year history. The state of-the-art CHOC South Tower will open to patients in spring of 2013, with a number of pediatric-specialized programs and services that will be new to our hospital. As we prepare to unveil the outstanding new facilities that will house these programs, we recognize that fostering innovation, discovery and advancement in quality and safety of care, while continuing to build alignment with our physician and community partners, will be essential to offering the world-class pediatric our patients and families deserve.

Our increasingly dynamic health care environment requires that we partner closely with physicians to provide the best possible care to our patients. We made important progress toward this goal with the formation of our new medical foundation, CHOC Children’s Specialists, which offers an important option for close collaboration with the pediatric subspecialists and surgeons who practice at CHOC. CHOC Children’s Specialists will facilitate clinical integration, expanded access to care, and help us attract and retain the next generation of pediatric subspecialists.

CHOC Children’s affiliation with UC Irvine continues to present exciting new opportunities for collaboration and synergy. Our two institutions have committed resources to the development of joint research and education strategic plans while building upon our strong foundation of clinical integration. Together, we are realizing the promise of our role as a preeminent academic medical center, discovering cures and training tomorrow’s pediatric experts.

Despite incredibly challenging economic times, evidence of our burgeoning growth is everywhere. Working in collaboration with our longtime community partner, St. Joseph Hospital, we will soon open a 13-bed, CHOC-staffed-and-licensed Level IIB neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) adjacent to St. Joseph Hospital’s new postpartum unit. We also expanded our NICU at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital, adding six new patient beds.

The most dramatic evidence of our growth is our new, seven-story patient care tower in Orange. When the South Tower opens next spring, for the first time in CHOC history, all core patient and ancillary services will be provided under our own roof—making CHOC one of the safest, most advanced children’s hospitals in the county.

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2012-2013) and a 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC also earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction. For a second time in a row, our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) earned the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

Led by our board of directors and the extraordinary efforts of our physicians, our Magnet-designated nursing program, our Associates and volunteers, CHOC Children’s is shaping the future of pediatric medicine. On behalf of the patients and families we are privileged to serve, thank you for your support.


Kimberly C. Cripe
President and Chief Executive Officer

CHOC Connections: Annual Report 2012

ar2012_coverimageEveryone in Orange County is somehow connected to CHOC Children’s. If it’s not your own children that have been treated by our team of pediatric experts, chances are you know a few that have. Among friends, neighbors, coworkers, even people we encounter in our daily travels—CHOC is a common bond we all share. And being connected to CHOC means being connected to our physicians, nurses, Associates, volunteers and supporters who are dedicated to bringing world-class pediatric care to our community.

If you really think about it, perhaps a coworker is part of one of the Guilds of CHOC, or has a spouse that has donated blood at CHOC. Maybe your neighbor is one of our oncology nurses, or a member of the construction crew that has almost finished building our new patient care tower. You could be one of over 40,000 people we engage daily through social media. Your friendly postal carrier might even volunteer as a deejay for CHOC’s in-house radio station. It’s what makes us a community and brings us all together—our shared commitment to nurturing, advancing and protecting the health and well-being of our children. And, thankfully, we’re all connected to CHOC.