Dr. Goodman is my Hero

By Choco Bear

The other day I witnessed my dear friend Dr. Gary Goodman hard at work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on our Mission Viejo campus (CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital), where he is the Medical Director of the PICU.  His team takes care of the most critically ill and injured kids – an incredible responsibility.  Seeing Dr. Goodman in action, delivering high-quality, family-centered care reminded me of his recent honor of being named a 2008 Hospital Hero by the Hospital Association of Southern California.

In addition to his work inside the hospital, Dr. Goodman lends his expertise, time and voice to education and prevention efforts in Orange County and beyond.  He contributed to the development of CHOC’s drowning prevention video “Three Tragic Seconds – Time to Make a Difference” and was a speaker at the 2008 National Drowning Prevention Symposium.  In the area of traumatic brain injury, Dr. Goodman is the only pediatric representative on a multidisciplinary team that developed a comprehensive traumatic brain injury protocol, which has dramatically reduced morbidity and mortality from traumatic brain injury in children.  On a national level, he is the only pediatric subspecialist participating in the Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative, which trains hospitals all over the country to improve treatment for traumatic brain injuries.

Now you can see why he is a 2008 Hospital Hero.  (He’s always been one of mine.)