Ground-Breaking Mental Health Inpatient Center Opens Its Doors
The April 2018 opening of the 18-bed CHOC Children’s Mental Health Inpatient Center is a historic milestone for the region, representing the culmination of years of vision and hard work.
The only facility in Orange County to treat patients younger than 12 and the only facility in California to offer all private rooms, the Center fulfills CHOC Children’s commitment to ensure Orange County youth receive the mental health care services they need in a safe and nurturing environment. Learn more.
Dining Room Donation Embodies Marriott’s History, Core Values
Chris Harrison has a very special place in his heart for pediatric healthcare. It could stem from the fact he was born prematurely and needed serious medical attention to thrive.
Or the fact his great grandparents, who founded the Marriott Corporation, were strong advocates for protecting and giving opportunities to the youth of the world.
In September 2017, Chris, who serves as the general manager of the newly opened 271-room Marriott Irvine Spectrum Hotel, and is a husband and the father of three young children, put his convictions into action. Learn more.
Determination, Grit And Vision Place CHOC Children’s On Forefront Of Clinical Research For Batten Disease
One of a physician’s most difficult responsibilities is counseling a family whose child has been diagnosed with a rare condition where there are no treatment alternatives available.
Until recently, one such rare condition was CLN2 disease, also known as late infantile Batten disease— a condition that typically begins with language delays and seizures before age 3, and rapidly progresses to dementia, blindness, loss of the ability to walk and talk, and death in childhood. Learn more.
Celebrating Ely – A Homecoming Story
It is the word that best describes March 24, 2017—the day Bekah and Danny Bowman brought their son Ely, then 3, to CHOC Children’s to receive a new, novel drug to treat Batten disease.
Homecoming because during the previous six months, the family had to fly every 10 days to Columbus, Ohio, for Ely’s infusion of Brineura. Learn more.
CHOC Children’s At Mission Celebrates 25th Anniversary
In 1993, CHOC Children’s made the commitment to address a healthcare gap in south Orange County by opening an innovative, state-of-the art, separately licensed, 48-bed pediatric facility on the 5th floor of Mission Hospital.
Twenty-five years later, the program has expanded dramatically, earning a nationwide reputation for its unique model of care. This achievement can be attributed to a dedicated staff and physicians, grateful patients and families, and tremendous community support. Learn more.
CHOC1 Helicopter Takes Flight, Elevating Patient Transport
On April 1, 2018, the “CHOC1” helicopter landed for the first time on the South Tower roof, marking the launch of a new era for Emergency Transport Services at CHOC Children’s.
“Our helicopter is a game changer,” says Tari J. Dedick, BS, RCP, NPS, manager of Emergency Transport Services. “On a typical afternoon, when minutes really matter, we can fly down to CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital in seven minutes as opposed to driving for one hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the crowded freeways.” Learn more.
Creating A Survivorship Community For Young Adults
Adolescents and young adults with cancer (AYAs) travel a different road than do younger children and mature adults. These AYAs are at an age where they feel invincible— they are young, healthy and on the verge of independence. Yet a diagnosis of cancer abruptly puts their plans and dreams on hold. They are caught in-between two worlds – pediatric cancer treatment, with its focus on children, and adult cancer programs where they can feel lost and isolated.
“Research has shown that overall long-term survival rates are exponentially better for AYAs treated at a pediatric facility that has cancer clinical trials and program activities geared to their unique needs,” notes Sharon Bergeron, RN, BSN, CPON, Research Educator. Learn more.
Donation Recognizes Unique Challenges Of Teen Oncology Patients
Our junior high, high school and college memories shape who we become. From football games and dances, to dating and learning to drive, to concerts and college applications, the adolescent and the teen years are typically filled with a combination of promise and and discovery.
Yet a cancer diagnosis can challenge adolescents and young adults in ways they cannot imagine, inter- rupting activities and memories that should be a source of joy. For these oncology patients, the risk for depression is high as they deal with the loss of their normal routines and friendships while often undergoing rigorous treatment. Learn more.
From Vision To Reality: New Autism Center To Serve Needs Of Orange County Families
Bill Thompson is a man of action. Once he sets his sights on something important, he gets things done. Case in point: helping children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families.
“Years ago, when I began looking at philanthropy and how I wanted to give back, my first priority was healthcare— hospitals and children,” Bill says. “When I became aware of the need for more services for children and families with ASD, I knew this was where I wanted to invest both my time and funds.” Learn more.
Raising A Child On The Autism Spectrum: It Takes A Village
One of the most poignant moments of a celebratory night to unveil plans for the new Thompson Autism Center at CHOC Children’s (please see accompanying article) occurred when Jennifer Lehman, the mother of 23-year-old Bradley, shared her story.
Her talk at the April 24 event put a face on the challenges parents of children on the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience day in and day out, and the urgent need for more resources to help these families. Learn more.
Bridge of Hope Recognizes Professional Advisors Who Advocate For CHOC Children’s
Long before Doug Corbin launched his career as a philanthropic leader, he worked in the life insurance business. And he discovered something that continues to inform him to this day as Vice President and Chief Development Officer of CHOC Children’s Foundation.
“I discovered that often times when I developed a relationship with clients, it would extend beyond the service I was providing,” Doug stated. “I would find myself helping them explore their passions and values and how they could express their values through philanthropy. It was in those moments that I discovered how valuable professional advisors can be in the philanthropic process.” Learn more.
Planned Giving: Turning Inspiration Into Action
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Mark and Cindy Chandik of Dana Point attended an event at CHOC Children’s that would literally change their lives.
They had accepted an invitation to the grand opening celebration of CHOC Children’s Inpatient Mental Health Center in Orange… and were completely amazed and inspired with what they saw and heard. Learn more.