What We’re Thankful for This Year: 2015

The community of physicians, staff, patients and special visitors at CHOC has much to be thankful for this year. In addition to launching our Trauma Center and our Mental Health Initiative, we’re thankful to be able to offer best-in-class care to kids in Orange County and the greater community. A few members of our CHOC family share what they are most thankful for this year.

Berkeley, Pet Therapy Dog 

Pet therapy dog“I am so grateful for the privilege of visiting patients and families at CHOC. No bone, dog park visit, or belly scratch brings me as much happiness as seeing a smile stretch across a patient’s face when I visit. Thanksgiving especially reminds me that the CHOC canine crew is one lucky pack!”

Kimberly Chavalas CripeKim Cripe
President & CEO

“I am grateful for the privilege of working alongside the most compassionate, dedicated and brilliant team of clinicians and staff. I have the honor of witnessing our physicians, researchers and nurses advance innovative and life-saving care, securing bright futures for our community’s children. And I am humbled by the courage of our patients, who inspire me each and every day to push the limits of what is possible for them and their families.”

David DukesDavid Dukes
Chair, CHOC
Board of Directors

“I am thankful to reside in a county that is home to an excellent children’s healthcare system, and honored for the opportunity to help guide CHOC towards its vision to be a leading destination for children’s health by providing exceptional and innovative care.”


Melanie PattersonMelanie.PattersonIMG_0292_2
Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer

“I am thankful for the amazing patient care staff we have at CHOC.  All are committed to every patient and family that walks in the campus.”



Lindsey Clark
Child Life Specialist

“I am thankful for a wonderful team of child life specialists. I could not do my job without each one of them. Thank you for your support, encouragement, wisdom and laughter each and every day. Each of you are making CHOC a place where kids feel safe and would want to visit again.”

Choco Bear, Beloved Mascotchoco bear

“I am thankful for weak tree branches. Yes, really! If I hadn’t fallen out of that tree so many years ago and hurt my arm, I never would have met the wonderful people at CHOC. Not only did they fix me up, but they started my longtime friendships with CHOC doctors, staff, patients and families. These relationships continue to grow and deepen every day, and I am one grateful bear.”

Dr. Nick Anas
Pediatrician-in-Chief and Medical Director, PICU

Nick Anas

“As I reflect upon the last year, I am most thankful for the incredible support and confidence provided to me by both CHOC administration and the pediatric intensive care unit team of physicians, nurses, and specialty staff with whom I have worked for so many years. It’s awe-inspiring to witness and to be part of a collaboration that is committed to excellence in the care of our patients and their families. As we approach this holiday season, I am so proud that CHOC is here to protect the health of our children.”

mom of Jordin, age 8

“I am thankful for all the employees and volunteers at CHOC, and their commitment to keeping Jordin healthy, safe and happy. This year has been one of her most challenging years with sickle cell disease. CHOC Hospital and CHOC Foundation was there for Jordin and our family to help us see through some of our darkest moments. Without CHOC we would not be able to raise Jordin to be a strong healthy young lady.”

Bill Holmes, Donor

Bill Holmes

“I am thankful for my success in business because it has given me the opportunity to support wonderful organizations, like CHOC.”

Alan Ramirez
CHOC Patient, age 10

“I’m grateful for my nurses because they help me with my medicines.”




Marion Van Eeden - CCMH GP of the YearMarion Van Eeden
Clinical Nurse, Pediatrics,
CHOC at Mission Hospital

“I’m so thankful for the privilege to work at CHOC at Mission Hospital and for being a part of such a wonderful team that provides excellent family-centered care for our pediatric patients. “

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