February 08, 2008
Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is pleased to announce that Dana Bledsoe, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, has been recognized with the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL). Bledsoe is being honored for her outstanding contributions to CHOC’s professional development, and commitment to the highest standards of clinical excellence and care for our community’s patients and families.
The ACNL Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes individuals throughout the state who have made significant contributions to nursing leadership. Bledsoe is the Southern Region recipient.
Bledsoe, who has been part of CHOC’s Executive Management Team since 2004, has played a key role in the development of the Nursing Research Fellowship and Evidence-Based Practice Scholars programs at the hospital, and the organization’s strategic expansion plan, which includes the recently opened pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care units.
This remarkable, visionary leader will be honored at the 2008 ACNL Annual Conference, Feb. 10-13, in Rancho Mirage, California.
In addition, as part of CHOC’s partnerships with local and national organizations, the Chicago-based Walden and Jean Young Shaw Foundation has earned the ACNL Friend of Nursing Award for their ongoing support to CHOC Nursing.
About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014), CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four 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 Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680