Thank You, Angels!

CHOC Children’s has been lucky to have a longstanding relationship with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

We’ll celebrate this partnership at CHOC Night at Angel Stadium on Sept. 20 – and you can you can join in! Purchase discounted tickets and enjoy pregame festivities featuring CHOC patients, physicians and yours truly.

The CHOC-Angels partnership goes back to the hospital’s early days. In fact, CHOC played a special role in the first game ever played at Angel Stadium in Anaheim after its April 1966 opening.

CHOC’s first patient, Ken Spicer, was invited at age 15 to break in the brand-new pitcher’s mound and throw the first ball.

In this touching video, Ken recalls the special experience.

The Evolution of Patient- and Family-Centered Care at CHOC

With the Family Resource Center, Turtle Talk and all things in between, CHOC Children’s has a lot of amenities that help make a hospital stay easier for patients and their families. This is because CHOC is steadfastly committed to patient- and family-centered care.

This means that patients and families feel that they are an integral part of the care they receive at CHOC — and that they have tools, resources and amenities to feel comfortable, happy and at home while at the hospital.

Since it opened its doors in 1964, CHOC has strived to ensure patients and families enjoyed their time there as much as possible, but much has changed on this front in the last 50 years. In this video, CHOC’s first patient, Ken Spicer, recalls how he passed the time while he was in the hospital, and marvels at the hospital’s current amenities.


Meet CHOC’s first patient, Ken Spicer

Of all the people I’ve met since I first visited CHOC Children’s almost 50 years ago, Ken Spicer is one of my favorites. After all, he is CHOC’s very first patient!

Ken and I go way back: He was first admitted to CHOC on Oct. 5, 1964 at age 12 because of a birth defect in his legs, and he remains a steadfast advocate CHOC almost 50 years later. Best of all, he and I are still friends.

In this video, Ken reflects on his experience at CHOC and how his time at Orange County’s only children’s hospital helped him build a bright future.

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