May 05, 2008
The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation donated $25,000 in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s (CHOC) Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Program, which is designed to train medical residents – already licensed physicians- in the specialty of pediatric oncology. Under the tutelage of a senior CHOC oncologist, the pediatric cancer fellow will see oncology patients and assist with a research project in the field of pediatric cancer.
This recent donation to the Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Program brings the Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation’s philanthropic support of CHOC to more than $188,000 since 1996. The Foundation has donated $100,000 towards the construction of an adolescent wing on the hospital’s existing oncology floor. The wing will include three new inpatient rooms with décor more appropriate for teens and young adults, and a teen room.
“Ralphs and Food 4 Less believe strongly in giving back to the community,” said Mike Donnelly, president of Ralphs Supermarkets. “We’re excited to extend our commitment by continuing our long-time support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County. We cannot think of a better way to invest in our community than by giving families and children hope through our support of the innovative work CHOC is doing to provide world-class medical care to children.”
About The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation: The Ralphs/Food 4 Less Foundation reflects the supermarket companies' role as one of the region's largest supermarket operators and its philosophy of giving back to the communities it serves. Since 1991, The Foundation has provided grants in excess of $30 million to nonprofit organizations focused on health, education, the fight against hunger, the advancement of women and minorities, and developing out youth.
About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, 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