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Through the Eyes of: The CHOC Children's Vision

Fulfilling CHOC Children’s mission “To nurture, advance, and protect the health and well-being of children” is a team effort. From the courage of our young patients, to the expertise of our medical and nursing staff and associates, to the efforts of our Foundation and Board, to the generosity of our donors and volunteers – every single individual makes a difference. We invite you to see how some of these truly shining stars view CHOC Children’s. Without a doubt, you will be inspired by their “Through the eyes of…” stories.

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Message from our CEO

DEAR FRIENDS,

CHOC Children’s doesn’t operate alone. Our success is due to a community of stakeholders who together support our organization in countless ways. From our outstanding associates, medical staff and boards of directors to our tremendous donors, patients and families, every single individual makes an enormous impact.

Why has CHOC attracted such a loyal and enthusiastic community of support, both within our walls and throughout the region and even nationwide? We devoted the 2017 Annual Report to finding out.

Our goal with the Annual Report theme “Through the eyes of…” was to discover how a variety of individuals—and even a therapy dog—view CHOC. How has CHOC touched them? What motivates them to become deeply involved in the organization? Every story sheds light on what makes CHOC truly inspiring.

All of this, of course, leads me to reflect on how I view CHOC. Without a doubt, 2016-2017 has been a tremendous year. There are so many highlights—from opening our new, private-room neonatal intensive care unit in July, to pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Afshin Aminian being awarded $1 million from CHOC Children’s Foundation’s innovative Philanthropic Venture Funding Program, to continued progress on building our mental health inpatient center.

Through my eyes, I see a selfless community ready to go the distance to advance pediatric care. This includes the thousands of walkers who participated in last year’s CHOC Walk in the Park, presented by Disneyland® Resort, donating close to $3.2 million, to the volunteers who spend hours upon hours improving the lives of patients and families.

I see CHOC Children’s Network—a health system that includes 1,500 pediatric primary care and specialty providers in the region—deliver seamless, quality care to patients. And I see an active Board of Directors and Foundation work together to raise crucial funds, design innovative projects and ensure that children, adolescents and young adults receive the highest quality care in a compassionate, pediatric-centered environment.

I see our precious patients battle diseases day in and day out, supported by a tremendous team of physicians, nurses and associates who are devoted to the health of young people. I feel the energy every day I walk through the doors; the energy of diverse people coming together for a common goal.

Through my eyes, I see a bright future for CHOC Children’s as we continue on our path of excellence in clinical care, innovative research and training the next generation of medical professionals. I am excited for what the next few years will bring.

Kimberly Chavalas Cripe
President and Chief Executive Officer
CHOC Children’s

THROUGH THE EYES OF…

FINDING FUN, FRIENDS AND SUPPORT DURING A RIGOROUS CANCER TREATMENT REGIMEN

Imagine one day you are a enjoying a carefree life as a college student, with your biggest worry revolving around your next midterm. And then, in a split second, you find yourself hospitalized for an aggressive cancer—torn from your friends, your normal routine, your studies.

In November 2016, this scenario became a reality for Angeliki Pelehrinis, then a 19-year-old junior studying biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Learn more.


Eyes of a ParentA MOTHER’S 19-YEAR JOURNEY TO KEEP HER SON HEALTHY, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY

Giselle M. Bailey’s 19-year relationship with CHOC Children’s began shortly after the birth of her third child, Gavyn. Her baby boy underwent surgery for kidney failure two hours after being born, and was then transported to CHOC’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

For almost three years, Giselle would drive Gavyn to CHOC twice a week for blood work—with his older siblings tagging along. “Gavyn was too young for a transplant, and the goal was to maintain him until he got older and a kidney could be found,” Giselle recalls. “CHOC became a huge part of our routine.” Learn more.


Eyes of a NurseBUILDING STRONG BONDS WITH BABIES, FAMILIES AND FELLOW STAFF

On July 18, 2017, after years of planning, CHOC Children’s opened an advanced, family-centered 36-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

In the unit, you will find specially designed private rooms, each with a bassinet, a chair that allows the mother to recline while nursing, a sofa that converts into a bed, locked cabinet, television with a DVR for baby education and privacy curtains. Learn more.


Eyes of a PediatricianCHOC CHILDREN’S NETWORK HELPS ORANGE COUNTY DOCTORS DELIVER SEAMLESS CARE

Ever since he can remember, Eric H. Ball, MD, wanted to be a pediatrician. “I realized the longer you wait to intervene in patients’ lives, the harder it is for them to change their habits,” says Dr. Ball. “However, children are teachable. You can give them essential tools about healthy lifestyle choices and preventive care that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

For the past 12 years, Dr. Ball has treated thousands of patients in his practice at Southern Orange County Pediatric Associates (SOCPA). Learn more.


Eyes of a ResearcherA MILLION DOLLAR IDEA AIMS TO HELP CHILDREN WITH MOVEMENT CHALLENGES

Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and researcher Afshin Aminian, MD, is driven by one goal: to “give children with movement challenges a life without limits.”

Dr. Aminian sees patients with a wide array of conditions, from rare genetic disorders and neuromuscular diseases to scoliosis and fractures. All have one challenge in common: problems with simple movement in their daily activities. “We know every one of these young patients has a dream—to be up and out on the playing field, running around and having fun with their peers,” says Dr. Aminian. Learn more.


Eyes of a DonorA TRUE HEART FOR CHILDREN LEADS TO A $5 MILLION GIFT

Cherese Mari Laulhere had a great love of adventure and a huge heart for children. Both passions were on display throughout a study abroad program named “Semester at Sea” in 1996 when the 21-year-old UCLA student visited such exotic locales as Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa and Kenya. At every stop, Cherese made connections with local children, and each experience touched her heart. Learn more.


Eyes of Pet Therapy DogBRINGING SMILES AND SUNSHINE WHEREVER SHE GOES

Let me take a moment to introduce myself. I am an active volunteer at CHOC Children’s, both at the main campus in Orange and at the CHOC Children’s Corona Health Center. And even though I dress up in a tutu, never leave the house without one of my many sets of Minnie Mouse ears and wear incredibly sparkly nail polish, I take my job very seriously.

My name is Savvy, I am 7 years old and I am a proud pet therapy dog. Learn more.


Eyes of a VolunteerCHOC FOLLIES MEMBER’S PHILANTHROPIC JOURNEY REFLECTS HER HEART FOR CHILDREN

When the curtain rose on the 20th Anniversary CHOC Follies production, “CHOC Around The Clock,” in spring 2017, Lauren Karg Johnston took to the stage and did what she had done for 17 continuous years: perform her heart out to raise money for the CHOC Children’s Foundation.

“Children are our future and it is so important to have every child be the healthiest he or she can be,” Lauren says. “CHOC Children’s is dedicated to helping children thrive and succeed, regardless of their ability to pay, and it is vital that we support this mission.” Learn more.

CHOC Foundation Reinforcing a Culture of Philanthropy

Dennis McClellan

DEAR FRIENDS,

The CHOC Children’s Foundation just completed an unparalleled year of fundraising success and innovative initiatives, continuing a tradition of compassion and caring that defines all who support CHOC Children’s mission. Without a doubt, this extraordinary success is due in large part to a vibrant community of donors who understand and support CHOC’s mission of providing excellence in clinical care, research and training.

A culture of philanthropy runs deep at CHOC. For a vivid example, you need look no further than 9-year-old Jordin Jackson, who, along with her dedicated family, made it their mission to single-handedly improve care for patients with sickle cell disease. When just 3 years old, Jordin was admitted to CHOC for complications due to her painful and life-threatening condition. With technology constraints at the time, her specialized laboratory tests had to be analyzed offsite, resulting in stressful delays waiting for results. Determined to resolve this problem, Jordin’s mother, Karen, recruited family and friends to raise $32,000 to purchase the sickle cell testing equipment needed to provide results faster, greatly improving the clinical experience for these patients and their families. On August 27, 2017 Jordin fulfilled a personal dream to serve as the CHOC Walk in the Park Ambassador, beautifully representing the unique stories of thousands of participants who have a deep personal attachment to CHOC.

The past year was a record setting one for our community-based fundraising, showcasing the tremendous generosity of the CHOC community. The Gala raised $5.2 million, the largest ever in Orange County, and the CHOC Follies celebrated its 20th season by raising more than $1.2 million secured to support CHOC’s mission.

The Cherese Mari Laulhere Foundation donated $5 million to the CHOC Child Life Department, which has been named the Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department. According to Chris and Larry Laulhere, the family-centered mission of the department eloquently aligns with their late daughter’s dreams for helping children in need.

Fundraising efforts also supported the CHOC Children’s Foundation’s new Philanthropic Venture Funding Program, for which the Foundation was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s Innovator of the Year award. CHOC orthopaedic surgeon Afshin Aminian, MD, and a team of researchers from Chapman University were awarded $1 million to implement a series of novel research projects to address movement challenges in children. The first involves placing wearable sensors on patients to collect data that will eventually lead to the production of smart, wearable customized orthotics.

From our grassroots fundraising led by our Guilds and the partners and programs of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, to record-setting signature events, to generous endowments for innovative programs and research, the CHOC Foundation is reinforcing a culture of philanthropy that continues to advance the care of children.

Thank you for your role in helping CHOC Children’s vision become reality.

Dennis K. McClellan
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
CHOC Children’s Foundation

Board of Directors

David Dukes - Chair
CHOC Children’s Orange
CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital
Children’s HealthCare of California

Shruti Miyashiro - Chair
CHOC Children’s Foundation

Marshall Rowen, M.D. - Chair
CRC Real Estate Corporation

Senator Dick Ackerman (Ret.)
Sam Auriemma - Vice Chair
Michael Colglazier
Kimberly Cripe - President & CEO
Janet DavidsonD
Vijay Dhar, MD
David Dukes - Chair
Jeff Elghanayan
Joe Kiani
Doug McCombs
Marshall Rowen, MD
Kimberly Sentovich - Vice Chair
Michael Stamos, M.D.
Thomas Tierney

Invited Members of Affiliate Boards, Administrative & Medical Staff:
Marcia Folli – CCMH CNO & Administrator
Jay Gabriel - Secretary
Matthew Gerlach - EVP/COO
Ken Kwon, M.D. – CCMH Chief of Staff
Francois Lalonde, M.D. – CCO President of the Medical Staff
Paul Lubinsky, MD
Maria Minon, MD
Shruti Miyashiro – CCF Board Chair
Melanie Patterson
Kerri Schiller - SVP & CFO/Assistant Secretary

Tony Boutelle
Doug Cavanaugh
Michael Chao, M.D.
Annika Chase
Kimberly Cripe – President & CEO
Lili Daftarian
Jeff Elghanayan
Jerry Flannery
Christopher Harrison
Steve Holley
Cary Hyden
Daniel Hyman – Vice Chair
Jason Knight, M.D.
Gigi Kroll, M.D.
Delphine Lee
Heather Madden – Secretary
Adrienne Matros, PsyD
Shruti Miyashiro – Chair
Chris Rommel – Vice Chair
Jon Storbeck
David Sugden
David Lee Willis

Invited Members of Affiliate Boards, Administrative & Medical Staff:
David Dukes – CCO/CCMH/CHC Chair
Nicole Hall – Guild Liaison to the Board
Marshall Rowen, MD - CHC Finance Committee Chair
Kerri Schiller – SVP & CFO/Assistant Secretary

Sam Auriemma
Kimberly Cripe - President & CEO
Janet Davidson
David Dukes - Chair
Jeff Elghanayan
Doug McCombs
Marshall Rowen, MD - Vice Chair
Michael Stamos, M.D.
Thomas Tierney

Administrative Staff:
Jay Gabriel - Secretary
Matthew Gerlach
Kerri Schiller – SVP & CFO/Assistant Secretary

Kimberly Cripe - President & CEO Janet Davidson - Vice Chair

Jeff Elghanayan
Marshall Rowen, MD - Chair
Patrick Salas

Administrative Staff:
Jay Gabriel - Secretary
Matthew Gerlach - EVP/COO
Kerri Schiller – SVP & CFO/Assistant Secretary

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