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Physicians Committed to “Change CHOC, Change the World”

How does a local pediatric facility become a sustainable, world-class children’s hospital? This process requires three key elements: a state-of-the-art facility, a significant endowment, and an affiliation with an academic medical center.

In order to accomplish this, CHOC has embarked on the “Change CHOC, Change the World” comprehensive campaign to raise $125 million by July 1, 2013. And thanks to the support of many Orange County business and community leaders, the campaign is off to a healthy start. CHOC Children’s physicians are also rallying around the cause to help make Orange County one of the medically safest and healthiest places for children. Leading this effort is Medical Director of the CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute and physician campaign chair, Michael Muhonen, M.D.

Dr. Muhonen and his wife, CHOC pediatric cardiologist Linda Muhonen, M.D., have personally committed $500,000 to support the campaign and encourage others to join them.

“We want to make CHOC an institution that will last forever and always be able to attract the best physicians,” said Dr. Michael Muhonen.

As the hub of a regional pediatric health care system, CHOC is responsible for two million children — more than the child population in any one of 39 states. These children and their families are counting on CHOC to do what no one else in Orange County possibly can. Dr. Muhonen’s goal is to create awareness about the campaign and achieve 100 percent giving from all CHOC physicians.

“This campaign is about our children’s future and ensuring that Orange County has the best hospital facilities available to all children, including the underserved,” Dr. Muhonen said. “It is about leaving CHOC a better place than when we first found it.”

For more information about the “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign including naming and endowment opportunities, please contact Jennie Wagner, Campaign Manager, CHOC Children’s Foundation, at jwagner@choc.org or (714) 532-8690.


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