CHOC Children's

CHOC Pressroom

November 16, 2012

CHOC Children’s President and CEO Kimberly Chavalas Cripe and Senior Vice President and CFO Kerri Ruppert Schiller are among an esteemed group of healthcare executives recognized in Becker’s Hospital Review’s “120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” list for 2012.  The list recognizes women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, talents and accomplishments within the hospital and healthcare industry.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the executives featured in the list have led their organizations in the middle of a challenging healthcare environment.  Despite times of uncertainty and unprecedented change in the industry, they have demonstrated considerable skill and promise in the areas of hospital operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.  As a result, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team finds them as women to watch now and in the years to come. 

Cripe recently celebrated her 20th anniversary at CHOC Children’s, with 15 of those years as President and CEO. During her tenure, she has managed to elevate CHOC Children’s to a premier, nationally recognized children’s hospital. A state-of-the-art patient care tower, designed to be one of the safest, most advanced children’s hospitals in the world, is set to open next year.

Outside of CHOC, Cripe lends her time and expertise to various healthcare associations.  She has served as the board chair for the California Children’s Hospital Association, and on the board of the Child Health Corporation of America. A dedicated child advocate, Cripe is committed to expanding healthcare access to underserved children and adolescents in the community. In 1999, she was appointed a commissioner for the Children and Families Commission of Orange County (Prop. 10), for which she currently serves as Vice Chair. Through her involvement with the Commission, she enjoys the opportunity to share her expertise in children’s health and work with other community leaders to improve the lives of children.

In recognition of her leadership in children’s health care, Cripe was recognized in 1999 by the March of Dimes with the Mentor in Medicine Award, and was honored with a “Women in Business” Award in 2000. In 2001, the Forum for Corporate Directors in Orange County named her “Director of the Year.”   Cripe’s most recent honors include the 2012 Champion of Children award and recognition as Orange County’s ‘Most Trustworthy Leader.”

Schiller joined CHOC at a time when the organization was facing a serious financial crisis due to complexities brought on by managed care, skyrocketing costs and dwindling patient counts. By tightening financial controls, renegotiating better contracts with insurance payors and medical groups, and implementing strategic initiatives, she helped to turn a record loss into an operating gain of $4.9 million by the fiscal year ended June 30, 2000, Revenues increased 215% during the first 10 years of Schiller’s financial leadership, with market share increasing from 56% to 68% in the five-year period ended 2008.

Schiller is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (NACH); a past Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI); and a current Board member of Orange County Foundation for Medical Care.  She is also a member of the Hospital Association of Southern California CalOPTIMA Managed Care Subcommittee, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and past Secretary/Treasurer of the California Children’s Hospital Association.

Recent honors for Schiller include being named Outstanding CFO of a Non-Profit Organization by the Orange County Business Journal and CalCPA. 

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.


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