Every year, since opening our doors in 1964, CHOC Children’s clinicians and staff have advanced pediatric treatments and cures, helping secure bright futures for our community’s children. Our team’s dedication to our mission and vision resulted in numerous achievements in 2015. From opening Orange County’s only pediatric-dedicated trauma center to launching a bold initiative to create an outstanding mental health system of care for all children, teens and young adults in Orange County, CHOC enjoyed an exciting year. Here, we share brief highlights of our year, including accolades and community support. We look forward to serving our community in 2016 and beyond.
Did you hear our good news? CHOC Children’s Hospital is one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the nation and only two in the state to be named to the “Leapfrog 2015 Top Hospitals” list. What an honor! This is a reflection of CHOC’s commitment to providing the safest, highest quality health care.
The selection is based on results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas:
- How patients fare
- Resource utilization
- Management structures established to prevent errors
“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, CHOC has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency, and provides exemplary care for children and families in Orange County. I congratulate the hospital’s board, staff and clinicians whose efforts achieved these results.”
I have a confession to make – I love the nurses at CHOC Children’s, and here’s one more reason why: two of our nursing leaders were recently recognized by the Association of California Nurse Leaders. Julie Vaupel-Phillips was honored for best practices in recruitment, retention and outreach and Jan Kidwell was recognized for best practice in innovation. These two nurse leaders are shining examples of the nursing profession and CHOC Children’s is lucky to have them!
Another BIG honor for CHOC Children’s – we were recently recognized with a Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council for Excellence. CHOC Children’s is the only children’s hospital in the state to ever earn this distinction. What a honor!
The CAPE Award is the highest recognition in the state for performance excellence and honors organizations that demonstrate continuous improvement and superior performance in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement/knowledge management, human resources, process management and business results.
This recognition is a reflection of CHOC’s clinical excellence and of the hospital’s organizational-wide commitment to the highest standards of patient safety and quality of care. Our patients deserve nothing less, right??
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?