October 03, 2006
Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) announces the appointment of Debra Mathias to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO). She will be responsible for the overall hospital operations at CHOC, including overseeing the hospital's master campus plan.
Kimberly Cripe, president and CEO at CHOC, says, "We are glad to have Debra join our organization and are confident, with her proven record of accomplishments and leadership, that she will play an integral part in CHOC’s continued growth and success."
Mathias brings over 20 years of executive healthcare management experience to CHOC. She has served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of The Children's Hospital, Denver, which has been ranked one of the best children's hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report.
In addition to a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Arizona, Mathias holds a master's degree in health administration from the University of Colorado.
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.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680