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CHOC Children’s Named One of the Safest Hospitals in the Nation by The Leapfrog Group
December 06, 2013
CHOC earns elite national honor for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients.
CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital Receives Press Ganey 2013 Beacon of Excellence AwardSM for Physician Engagement
December 04, 2013
CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital has been named a 2013 Beacon of Excellence Award winner for physician engagement by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The Press Ganey Beacon of Excellence Award recognizes leading health care facilities that have achieved and consistently maintained excellence for multiple years.
National Health Foundation Recognizes CHOC Children’s Phlebotomist with Hospital Hero Award
November 19, 2013
CHOC Children's phlebotomist Jaime Serna was named a "Hospital Hero" by the National Health Foundation for his extraordinary dedication to patients.
CHOC Children’s Earns “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” Recognition from The Joint Commission
November 04, 2013
The Joint Commission recognizes CHOC for exemplary performance in improving care for children with asthma.
Dr. Michael Cater to Appear on American Health Journal on Friday, September 27th at 5:30 p.m.
September 27, 2013
Dr. Chris Koutures to Appear on American Health Journal on Friday, September 27th at 5:30 p.m.
September 27, 2013
Conference addresses broad aspects of adolescent and young adult cancer treatment
September 12, 2013
An upcoming conference co-hosted by the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s will address the nuances of caring for adolescents and young adults with cancer.
CHOC Children’s Appoints Matthew Gerlach Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
September 10, 2013
Experienced Health Care Executive, Matthew Gerlach, Joins CHOC Leadsership Team
Irvine Valley Air Conditioning Honors "Family" and CHOC with $100,000 Donation
August 21, 2013
Family-owned business donates $100,000 to name conference room used by physicians working in CHOC's pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care units.
Dr. Leonard Sender to Appear on American Health Journal on Friday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m.
July 25, 2013
Dr. Felice Adler-Shohet to Appear on American Health Journal on Friday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m.
July 17, 2013
CHOC Children’s Rheumatologist Andrew Shulman, M.D., Ph.D, to Speak at National Juvenile Arthritis Conference
July 08, 2013
Dr. Andrew Shulman is a featured speaker at the 2013 National Juvenile Arthritis Conference.
CHOC Children’s and World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation Join Forces to Raise Awareness – and Funds - for Pediatric Cancer
June 19, 2013
CHOC Children’s has partnered with World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation in a nationwide effort to raise awareness – and funds - for pediatric cancer through the award-winning feature film, “Ways to Live Forever,” which opens in select U.S. theaters this July 19th.
Eric Mammen to Appear on American Health Journal on Friday, June 21 at 12:30 p.m.
June 19, 2013
CHOC Children’s Ranked Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals
June 11, 2013
CHOC Children's has been ranked as one of the nation's top pediatric healthcare centers in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
Dr. Cindy Kim to Appear on American Health Journal on Friday, June 7 at 12:30 p.m.
June 03, 2013
Dr. James Pierog to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m.
May 01, 2013
Dr. Troy Reyna to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m.
April 24, 2013
Dr. James Pierog to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, February 14th at 12:30 p.m.
February 13, 2013
Dr. Gira Morchi to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, February 7 at 12:30 p.m.
January 25, 2013
Orange County Resident Bill Holmes Donates $27 Million to CHOC to Name New Patient Care Tower
January 21, 2013
Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) today announced that Newport Beach, Calif. resident and retired businessman Bill Holmes made a $27 million gift to name its new pediatric hospital tower, set to open on its main campus in spring 2013. In honor of Holmes’ generosity, the tower will be named The Bill Holmes Tower.
Dr. Gupreet Ahuja to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, January 24th at 12:30 p.m.
January 16, 2013
CHOC Children's otolaryngologist Gurpreet Ahuja, MD, will appear as an expert on the highly rated award-winning healthcare television program American Health Journal on PBS SoCal TV on Thursday, January 24th at 12:30 p.m. He will discuss the topic of tonsils and adenoids.
Dr. Geetha Puthenveetil to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, December 27th at 12:30 p.m.
December 19, 2012
Dr. Anjan Batra to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, December 13th at 12:30 p.m.
December 11, 2012
CHOC Children's Clinical Lab Passes State Survey
December 03, 2012
CHOC Children’s is pleased to announce that its state-of-the-art clinical laboratory successfully passed the State of California survey for Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA) certification and licensure.
Becker’s Hospital Review Recognizes CHOC Children’s CEO and CFO
November 16, 2012
CHOC President and CEO, Kim Cripe, and Senior Vice President and CFO, Kerri Ruppert Schiller, are recognized for outstanding leadership and accomplishments by Becker's Hospital Review.
Dr. Nguyen Pham to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, December 6th at 12:30 p.m.
November 13, 2012
CHOC Follies XVI to Hold Auditions For “VIVA CHOC-VEGAS, Guys Gals & Romance in the Land of Lady Luck”
November 07, 2012
Cast members needed for "VIVA CHOC-VEGAS, Guys, Gals & Romance in the Land of Lady Luck," a unique and contemporary twist on "Guys and Dolls" and "It's a Wonderful Life." Auditions set for November 10 at 10 a.m. and November 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.
Dr. Richard Gates Appointed Surgeon-in-Chief for CHOC Children’s
October 15, 2012
CHOC Children’s announces the appointment of Richard Gates, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.S., to the position of surgeon-in-chief. Given the opening of Orange County’s first dedicated pediatric inpatient surgical facility, the Robert L. Tidwell Surgical Center, in CHOC’s new patient care tower in Spring 2013, Dr. Gates will play a critical part in helping CHOC lead the nation in innovation, quality and patient safety
Mollee Smith, Physical Therapist, to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, October 18th at 12:30 PM
October 04, 2012
West Coast University Donates More than $2.2 Million to CHOC Children’s
September 26, 2012
CHOC Children’s receives more than $2.2 million from West Coast University. Generous donation will help establish a Center of Nursing Excellence at CHOC.
Dr. Michael Cater to Appear on Select PBS stations this Month
September 11, 2012
Julia and George Argyros Donate $5 Million To CHOC Children's For Region's First Pediatric Emergency Department
September 10, 2012
Julia and George Argyros donate $5 million to CHOC for its new pediatric emergency department, set to open in March 2013.
Dr. Michael Muhonen to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, September 27th at 12:30 PM
September 10, 2012
CHOC Children’s Pediatrician Mark Colon, M.D., Honored with 2012 Circle of Care Award
August 27, 2012
CHOC Children’s pediatrician Mark Colon, M.D., was named a 2012 Circle of Care Award winner by CalOptima. The award recognizes health care professionals, medical groups and providers who have gone above and beyond to serve Orange County’s most vulnerable residents.
Melina Rodriguez, Occupational Therapist, to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, August 30th at 12:30 PM
August 20, 2012
New Study to Explore Efficacy of Narcotics in Managing Kids’ Pain
August 15, 2012
Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s is First to Utilize Illumina’s RapidTrack Whole Genome Sequencing Service For Cancer Study
August 13, 2012
As part of a pilot study designed to advance personalized treatment for children and teens battling recurrent cancer, the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s is the first organization to utilize Illumina’s RapidTrack Whole Genome Sequencing (RapidTrack WGS) service for cancer samples.
Dr. Cindy Kim to Appear on American Health Journal on Thursday, August 23rd at Noon
August 13, 2012
CHOC President and CEO Kim Cripe Named Orange County's Most Trustworthy Leader
June 18, 2012
CHOC President and CEO Kim Cripe earns the honor of being named Orange County's "Most Trustworthy Leader."
CHOC Children’s Ranked Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals
June 05, 2012
CHOC Children’s has been ranked as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Specifically,CHOC ranked in the following specialties: Cancer; Diabetes & Endocrinology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; and Urology.
CHOC Children’s Research Project Awarded $5.5 Million Grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
May 29, 2012
A CHOC Children’s research project, under the direction of Philip H. Schwartz, Ph.D., senior scientist at the CHOC Children’s Research Institute and managing director of the facility’s National Human Neural Stem Cell Resource, has been awarded a $5.5 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The grant will be used to develop a stem cell- based therapy for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS I).
CHOC Children’s President and CEO, Kimberly Cripe, in Final Ballot for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” Recognition
May 11, 2012
CHOC Children’s President and CEO, Kimberly Cripe, is in the final voting round for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” recognition.
CHOC Children's Receives $100,000 Gift from Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare
May 04, 2012
Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare donates $100,000 to CHOC Children's. Gift supports one of the rapid medical exam rooms in the Emergency Center of CHOC's new patient care tower.
CHOC Children’s Orthopedic Surgeon, Samuel Rosenfeld, M.D., Is First on West Coast to Perform Limb Lengthening with PRECICE™ Remote Control Device
May 02, 2012
Dr. Samuel Rosenfeld is the first on the West Coast to perform limb lengthening with revolutionary new device.
CHOC Children’s Launches Homework Help Center
April 30, 2012
CHOC's online Homework Help Center offers tips for doing homework, studying, taking tests and other school-related topics.
International Experts Recognize CHOC Children’s Hospital for Improving Medication Safety
April 11, 2012
CHOC Children’s Hospital reduced potential serious drug events by 40 percent through its IV infusion pump improvement work, and was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the 2012 RACE for Results award program.
CHOC Follies XV Nets More than $500K for CHOC Children’s
April 10, 2012
More than 2,300 people enjoyed a weekend of laughter and song, courtesy of CHOC Follies XV’s original musical production of “Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set.” This year's event netted more than $500K for CHOC Children's.
CHOC Children's Presents Children's Champion Award to Hyundai Motor America at CHOC Cherishes Children Gala
January 23, 2012
CHOC Children's is Recognized by State as a Leader in Performance Excellence
January 04, 2012
CHOC Children's earns Gold Level CAPE Award - state's top honor for performance excellence.
More than 80 CHOC Children's Doctors Named "Physicians of Excellence"
January 03, 2012
More than 80 CHOC Children's physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are named "Physicians of Excellence" by the Orange County Medical Association.
CHOC Children's Pediatrician-in-Chief Appointed to Emergency Medical Care Committee
December 20, 2011
CHOC Children's Pediatrician-in-Chief Nick Anas, M.D., was recently appointed to serve on the Emergency Medical Care Committee for Orange County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The committee advises the Orange County Board of Supervisors and EMS on all matters related to emergency medical care in the county. Dr. Anas was appointed by Supervisor Bill Campbell for a two-year term.
CHOC Children's is One of Only 10 Children's Hospitals in the Nation - and Only Two in the State - Named "2011 Leapfrog Top Hospital"
December 08, 2011
CHOC is one of only 10 children's hospitals in the nation named to the "Leapfrog 2011 Top Hospitals" list.
CHOC Children's To Host Holiday Toy Drive on December 17th
December 01, 2011
CHOC Children's is hosting a holiday toy drive on Saturday, December 17th, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., in the hospital employee parking lot, located at 557 S. Main Street, in Orange.
CHOC Children's Receives $1,040,000 Grant from Blue Shield of California
November 21, 2011
CHOC Children's was recently awarded with a $1,040,000 grant from Blue Shield of California to support CHOC's efforts to become an accountable care organization (ACO). CHOC was one of only 18 hospitals, health systems, clinics and physician groups - many serving underserved populations - in the state to be awarded the grant.
CHOC Follies XV to Hold Auditions For "Christina and the Crystal Ball, a Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set"
October 28, 2011
CHOC Follies auditions set for November 5th!
CHOC Children's Ranked Among Nation's Top Pediatric Facilities
May 17, 2011
CHOC Children's is ranked in eight specialties by U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals survey.
CHOC Receives Largest Corporate Gift in Hospital History
May 11, 2011
CHOC received $10 million gift from Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Hope on Wheels to fund groundbreaking pediatric cancer research.
Work of Diane Nugent, M.D., Medical Director, CHOC Children's Hematology, Lays Foundation for Recent FDA Approval of Factor XIII Concentrate to Treat Rare and Potentially Fatal Bleeding Disorder
April 12, 2011
In 1998, Dr. Nugent, CHOC Research Administration and Dr. Nugent's clinical research team at CHOC Children's assumed oversight of a compassionate use drug study for FXIII- deficient patients. Since that time, they have supplied treatment to more than 60 patients, and collected safety and efficacy data that helped create the foundation of evidence for the successful FDA approval.
Leonard Sender, M.D., Medical Director of CHOC Children's Cancer Institute, Helps Launch Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
March 17, 2011
Dr. Leonard Sender, Medical Director of the CHOC Children's Cancer Institute, is adding the role of Editor-in-Chief of a new journal to his Curriculum Vitae. The Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology will launch in April 2011.
CHOC Receives Largest Gift in Hospital History
February 24, 2011
CHOC has received the largest gift in history - a $30 million estate gift in support of the "Change CHOC, Change the World" campaign.
CHOC Children’s Announces 2011 Campaign Ambassador
February 05, 2011
CHOC Children’s proudly announces 13-year-old cancer patient Tommaso “Tommy” Conforti as the 2011 CHOC Children’s Campaign Ambassador. Tommy was selected as one of three finalists through an application process, before securing the community’s support (and the most votes) through online voting. In his role as Ambassador, Tommy will represent CHOC and share his personal experience at various events, helping to engage the community in the “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign.
CHOC Children’s Presents Children’s Champion Awards to Anaheim Ducks and Lady Ducks at “CHOC Cherishes Children" Gala
January 24, 2011
CHOC gala honors Anaheim Ducks and Lady Ducks - and raises $606,000 in support of "Change CHOC, Change the World" campaign.
CHOC Children's Scientist Honored with Trailblazer Award From Autism Speaks
January 06, 2011
Philip H. Schwartz, Ph.D., senior scientist at the CHOC Children’s Research Institute and managing director of the facility’s National Human Neural Stem Cell Resource, was recently awarded a “Bob and Suzanne Wright Trailblazer Award” from Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.
More than 60 CHOC Children’s Doctors Named “Physicians of Excellence”
January 04, 2011
More than 60 CHOC Children’s physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are featured as "Physicians of Excellence" in the January 2011 issue of Orange Coast magazine. The "Physicians of Excellence" program was developed by the Orange County Medical Association, one of the largest medical societies in the United States. The annual program honors the region's outstanding physicians for their dedication to the medical profession and their service to the community.
Talkradio KABC 790 AM Supports the Children's Miracle Network "Commitment to Kids" Radiothon Benefiting CHOC Children's
November 11, 2010
KABC 790 AM will air "Commitment to Kids" Radiothon to benefit CHOC on November 17th
Celebrities will Brighten the Day for CHOC Patients by Attending the "Kids Help CHOC" Event
November 05, 2010
Orange County families will enjoy a rare opportunity to see some of their favorite young celebrities who will come to the Anaheim Hilton on November 14, 2010 for an afternoon of fun and games for a great cause: a fundraiser and toy drive benefiting CHOC Children’s
CHOC Children's Nurse Leader Receives Highest Nursing Honor
October 12, 2010
Jill Fargo, RN, MSN, FNP, NEA-BC, earns the NurseWeek Excellence Award for Management
CHOC Children's Patient to Represent California as Part of a Group of Young Medical Champions
May 14, 2010
CHOC patient named Champion for California
CHOC Follies XIII Raises More Than $800,000 For CHOC Children's
April 08, 2010
After singing and dancing for packed houses, nearly 100 of the county's most prominent business, civic and society leaders helped raise more than $800,000 for CHOC Children's.
CHOC Children's Nurse Receives Chris Stewart-Amidei Writing Excellence Award
March 25, 2010
CHOC Children's Clinical Nurse Specialist Jennifer Cohen, MSN, CNS, RN, CNRN, CCRN, was awarded the Chris-Stewart Amidei Writing Excellence Award from the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing (JNN) for her article "Interrater Reliability and Predictive Validity of the FOUR Score Coma Scale in a Pediatric Population."
CHOC Children's Names Lynn H. Grieves Chief Compliance Officer
February 05, 2010
CHOC Children's announces the appointment of Lynn H. Grieves to the position of Chief Compliance Officer.
CHOC's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is the Nation's First to Receive the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence for Two Consecutive Years
January 27, 2010
CHOC Children's Hospital earns prestigious Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
More than 50 CHOC Children's Doctors Named "Physicians of Excellence"
January 04, 2010
The Orange County Medical Association names more than 50 CHOC doctors "Physicians of Excellence."
CHOC is One of Only Eight Children's Hospitals in the Nation Named a 2009 Leapfrog Top Hospital
December 03, 2009
CHOC is named a 2009 Leapfrog Top Hospital - an elite recognition honoring high standards of patient safety and quality of care.
Harley Toy Drive to Help CHOC Children's Patients Enjoy a Magical Holiday Season
November 02, 2009
Harley Toy Drive Offers Community the Opportunity to Spread Holidy Cheer to CHOC Patients
CHOC Surgeon Named 2009 Person of Honor
October 28, 2009
Dr. John German, CHOC surgeon, is named "Person of Honor" by the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.
The 45 Facts You May NOT Know about CHOC Children's
October 01, 2009
In honor of CHOC's 45th anniversary, here's a list of 45 facts Orange County residents may not know about their children's hospital and can take great pride in learning.
Baskin-Robbins Launches Cones for Kids in Support of California Children's Hospitals
August 17, 2009
Throughout the month of August, visit participating Orange County Baskin-Robbins stores to make a donation to CHOC and receive a paper cone to signify support. On August 19th, from 6 p.m. - closing, these same stores will donate 20 percent of their sales to CHOC.
CHOC Children's Receives $3 Million NIH Award To Use Stem Cells To Sudy The Impact Of Autism On The Living Brain
August 11, 2009
CHOC Children's announced today that its Research Institute has received a five-year, $3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grant to generate, investigate, and store neural stem cells derived from skin cells (fibroblasts) donated by children with autism. The research program is designed to provide an important new tool for studying the impact of autism on the developing brain -- in a completely harmless and non-invasive way -- while assembling the first repository of neural cells from living patients as a resource for the entire autism research community
CHOC Pediatric Psychologist Mery Taylor Awarded National Minority Fellowship
July 08, 2009
CHOC Children's is proud to recognize pediatric psychologist Mery Taylor. Taylor was recently invited to participate in the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program, an honor bestowed upon individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the mental health needs of ethnic minorities.
CHOC Children's Raises its Voice for Kids in Health Care Reform Debate
May 06, 2009
CHOC Children's joined the National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) and other leading children's organizations today as they launched a grassroots mobilization campaign asking Congress and the Obama Administration to make health care reform work for children.
Family Autism Network Provides One-Stop Resource for Orange County Families Impacted by Autism
April 24, 2009
The Family Autism Network, a collaboration of two CHOC Children's and UC Irvine neurodevelopmental programs and the Grandparent Autism Network, announced its opening on April 22, 2009.
Dancing and Singing for CHOC Pays Off
April 06, 2009
Orange County leaders helped raise more than $575,00 in CHOC Follies XII: "The Princess and the Prius"