June 18, 2012
CHOC Children’s President and CEO Kim Cripe was named Orange County’s “Most Trustworthy Leader” at the 3rd Annual Trust Summit, held on June 12th at the Disneyland Hotel. The event, attended by more than 400 community and business leaders, was sponsored by OC Metro, The Values Institute at DGWB, and California State University, Fullerton.
The Trust Summit was formed three years ago to honor local and regional brands for building a level of connection, loyalty and trust among consumers, employees and the community. CHOC Children’s was honored last year, and is now considered a member of the Most Trusted Brand’s highly regarded alumni.
This was the first time a leader was recognized for inspiring trust, with the thought that behind every great brand is a great leader. Steve Churm, publisher of OC Metro and CEO of Churm Media, presented Cripe with the Most Trustworthy Leader award.
Cripe joined CHOC in 1991 as Director, Planning and Marketing. Her business skills and leadership ability were duly noted by the hospital’s board of directors when they appointed her to the top position of President and CEO just a few short years later, in 1997.
Cripe could have gone the easy route of tightening the belt by cutting programs - quick “fixes” that could have resulted in a rebound for the hospital in the short term. Instead, she opted to make smart, long-term business decisions that would lead CHOC out of the red and on to the path of becoming a nationally recognized premier children’s hospital.
Under Cripe’s direction, significant investments have been made in technologies that transform and elevate the safety and quality of care provided at CHOC. And, in partnership with UC Irvine, CHOC has been able to recruit top pediatric talent to Orange County and enhance research capabilities to benefit children.
CHOC’s $560 million, seven-story patient care tower represents the organization’s greatest transformation. In addition to featuring the most advanced design and safety principles of any children’s hospital in the nation, the 425,000-square-foot building will house new and expanded pediatric services. When it opens in early 2013, it will add 28 private rooms, as well as pediatric surgical suites, laboratory, pathology and imaging departments, and Orange County’s only emergency department exclusively dedicated to children. It will also provide space for further growth in later phases. The tower allows CHOC – for the first time in its history – to concentrate all of its core services under one roof, with a focused pediatric environment and staff. This is a significant milestone for CHOC - and for the community - that could not have been accomplished without the guidance of Orange County’s “Most Trustworthy Leader.”
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