CHOC at Mission: South OC’s Best-Kept Secret

When I fell out of that tree almost 50 years ago, I was so lucky to be near CHOC’s campus in Orange. The doctors and nurses there fixed me right up, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

But my furry friends down in south Orange County don’t have to worry: CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is ready and waiting to care for young patients with any tCCMHype of ailment, arbor-related or otherwise.

I think CHOC at Mission might be south Orange County’s best-kept secret. Here are five reasons why the hospital stands out as a leader in pediatric health care in Orange County:

  • CHOC at Mission is a separately licensed, 54-bed facility located on the fifth floor of Mission Hospital that is dedicated to patients ages 18 and younger.
  • CHOC at Mission’s level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) offers the NICView system, which allows parents and families to see their newborn in the NICU from far away. How cool is that?
  • All CHOC at Mission nurses are registered nurses.
  • CHOC at Mission is a part of the trauma team at Mission Hospital, which handles critical cases, including traumatic brain injuries.
  • Ronald McDonald House has partnered with CHOC at Mission to provide the Ronald McDonald Room and sleep rooms so families can stay close to their children and feel comfortable throughout long hospitalizations.

Open since 1993, CHOC at Mission and its medical staff of more than 350 pediatric specialists treat more than 2,000 patients a year! You know, maybe I should take a trip down there. I hear there are excellent tall, climbing trees in south Orange County …

How has CHOC at Mission helped you, your family or friends? Tell me in the comments section, or let me know on social media with the hashtag #thxCHOC.

A Bright Future: Bryan’s Story

I count myself as one lucky bear for being a part of the CHOC Children’s family. Ever since the doctors and nurses patched me up after my unfortunate fall, I have never wanted to be too far from this wonderful facility and the caring staff. And, guess what?  I am not alone. During my 50-week gratitude tour, I have met so many people who have bright future’s thanks to CHOC. Bryan is just one of them. Read his story to learn more.

When he was 10 years old, Bryan Mundia spent the majority of his time with physicians and nurses.Bryan Mundia

He suffered from a severe case of reflux; one that threatened his kidneys. Following a two-week stay for observation at CHOC Children’s Hospital, he underwent surgery to repair the valve between his ureter and bladder.

While most young boys would choose to put the hospital experience quickly behind them to focus on other pastimes, Bryan couldn’t let go. He had a strong desire to give back to CHOC.

Some 20 years later, Bryan is doing just that.

“My experience with CHOC changed my perspective on hospitals,” recalls Bryan. “I remember how friendly everyone was, from the doctors and nurses to the candy stripers. I remember playing video games – definitely not something I had expected prior to being admitted.”

Bryan speaks of his experience at CHOC with pride.  It was a life-changing event for me, he says.

As soon as he was able, Bryan became a hospital volunteer. His wife, Katie, and their dog, Molly, who is a certified pet therapy dog, are also volunteers, making it a family affair. It didn’t take long for Bryan to realize he wanted to do something even more.  He made the decision to change careers, from land surveyor to the media programs coordinator for Seacrest Studios at CHOC.

In his new role, Bryan manages the multi-media broadcast center, which provides patients with the unique opportunity to engage in activities related to TV, radio and new media.  He, along with his energetic team of interns and volunteers, provides a positive experience for patients and their siblings – one they likely didn’t expect they’d get when being admitted to the hospital.  Bryan can certainly relate to that!

“I know, from personal experience, the impact this hospital has on children and their families.  I am so proud to be a part of CHOC and try to give back in this way,” says Bryan.

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Video: The Bill Holmes Tower Rocks!

Many cool things have happened at CHOC Children’s since it opened in 1964. And if you ask me, I think the opening of the Bill Holmes Tower this year is at the top of my list.

The seven-story tower tripled the size of CHOC’s former campus in Orange, and its opening added a host of new services to CHOC’s offerings. It’s vibrant and colorful, and I bet it would look beautiful from a tall treetop. Thank you, CHOC for building it!

Have you seen inside yet? Check out this video for a special tour from the people who know and love the tower most — CHOC kids.

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!