|Change CHOC, Change the World Campaign Newsletter
CHOC Children’s Launches Campaign to Fulfill Destiny of the Hospital
CHOC Receives Largest Gift In Its History
Sometimes there’s a compelling and profound
sense of humility in the quiet advocate for
children. CHOC Children’s came to understand
this when it received a $30 million estate gift—
the largest gift in the hospital’s history—from
a private, compassionate philanthropist whose
ideals matched CHOC’s mission to improve the
lives of children locally, nationally, and globally
for generations to come.
The gentleman was former investment banker Robert L. Tidwell, who lived modestly in Garden Grove, California, and gave extraordinarily to drive the growth of a children’s hospital. With his transformative gift, CHOC is now more than 80 percent of the way toward meeting the goal of its $125 million “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign, a major fundraising effort that will help CHOC evolve from a regional pediatric care center into one of the nation's leading children’s hospitals.
Mr. Tidwell’s gift will be balanced between helping build the new...
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Building the Tower from the Inside Out
Once the patient-care tower is finished, how do you bring it to life?
CHOC Children’s new patient-care tower strikes an impressive form with its massive footprint and wonderfully playful color scheme. The physical presence of the building, however, is only half the story. The building will spring to life by what gets put into it.
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CHOC Children’s Patient-Care Tower on Target to Open Spring 2013
Construction of CHOC Children's new sevenstory
hospital tower, designed to provide
a flexible platform to serve this region now
and into the future, stands more than 70
percent complete. The state-of-the-art facility
enables CHOC to take its place among
our nation’s premier children’s hospitals
with the ability to advance the research and
practice of pediatric medicine.
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|People Make Greatness Happen
Dr. Mustafa Kabeer, a pediatric surgeon at CHOC Children’s, works eighty to eighty-five hours per week and performs nearly 600 operations a year. Dr. Michael Muhonen, CHOC’s director of Neurosurgery, rarely has a week that doesn’t include multiple emergency brain surgeries. Dr. Antoine Khoury, chief of Pediatric Urology, spends twelve-hour days at CHOC, plus teaches at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, and directs vital research in the evenings and on weekends. For these doctors and many others, however, it's not a competition; it's a calling, a responsibility and a duty to keep Orange County’s children as safe and healthy as possible.