In a year of towering achievements, one thing stands out: CHOC Children’s commitment to defining the future of pediatric care.

Our colorful and majestic new Bill Holmes Tower features state-of-the-art medical services delivered in a safe and comfortable environment. The tower is a physical manifestation of our vision to be the leading destination for children’s health by providing exceptional and innovative care. It’s an exciting new era. In this report, you can read about some of the ways CHOC is evolving as your hospital. Like a proud parent celebrating a milestone of a child, all of us are thrilled about the present—and are just as excited about the future.

CHOC Children's Bill Holmes South Tower

Message from our CEO

Kim Cripe, CEO

Life is filled with milestones, and turning 50 is one of them.

At CHOC Children’s, we started the celebration a little early with one of the most transformative years in our organization’s 49-year history. The opening in February 2013 of our seven-story Bill Holmes Tower, home to the region’s only dedicated pediatric emergency department and other world-class services and programs for our precious patients, marks an exciting turning point as we continue to develop into one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals. We are filled with pride as we reflect on our dynamic achievements over the last year while we excitedly look forward to what lies ahead.

For the first time in CHOC history, all core patient and ancillary services now are housed under one roof in our beautiful new tower, which tripled the size of our inpatient care facility in Orange. The Holmes Tower is proof that we have delivered on our promise to provide the best health care for our region’s children, while also serving as a symbol of our vision to continue to grow, with continued help from our donors, into the world-class children’s hospital Orange County deserves.

Along with the generous donors and business leaders who continue to support us, I would like to thank all of the physicians, nurses and staff members who each day dedicate themselves to delivering the state-of-the-art services for which CHOC has become renowned. In addition, I would like to thank the Boards of Directors for our hospitals and the CHOC Children’s Foundation. Their commitment to our mission and vision can be seen throughout our accomplishments this past year. And, we could not fulfill our mission without the energy and devotion of the hundreds of volunteers who take pride in enhancing the experiences of our patients.

Not all the excitement over the past year happened in Orange. You can read in these pages about a new epilepsy monitoring unit at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital that is designed to better serve our patient population in south Orange County.

Our academic affiliation with UC Irvine remains strong, as have partnerships with other health providers. This includes a recently announced alliance with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. The CHOC enterprise has grown to nearly $600 million in annual revenues and more than 3,000 employees. We literally have grown up with Orange County— we are your hospital, now with a combined total of 333 beds in Orange and Mission Viejo.

As we turn the page to prepare for an exciting 50th year, I thank and salute all of CHOC Children’s family and supporters. CHOC Children’s is shaping the future of pediatric medicine, and with the continued support of our generous donors as we enter this exciting new era, we can be confident in declaring that, indeed, the future is bright.

Kimberly C. Cripe
President and Chief Executive Officer

The Bill Holmes Tower is home to state-of-the-art services specially designed to accommodate the unique needs of children and their families.

CHOC ambulances parked outside the emergency departmentState of the Art Emergency Care

Designed to meet the unique needs of children in a safe and serene environment, the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC Children’s is the first in Orange County exclusively dedicated to the treatment and healing of children of all ages—from the tiniest newborns to adolescents.

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Child life specialist blowing bubbles for patientImaging / Radiology

The CHOC Children’s Radiology Department is the only imaging facility in Orange County just for children, offering a wide range of imaging services in a calm and inviting unit for kids of all ages. Our imaging machines are carefully calibrated to provide the highest-quality images using the lowest doses of radiation possible for such services as ultrasound, X-ray, fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) and CT scans.

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Surgical staff in the operating roomSurgery at the Tidwell Procedure Center

We offer one of the most technologically advanced and compassionate pediatric surgical experiences in California, as well as common pre-surgery tests, including blood draws, MRIs, X-rays and electrocardiograms. No matter what type of surgery or procedure your child will be receiving, our surgeons, nurses and other pediatric-trained specialists are dedicated to making the surgical experience a success.

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Scientist looking through a microscope in the labLaboratory Services

CHOC’s Laboratory Services is one of the only dedicated pediatric labs in Southern California. Our 20,000-square-foot lab offers the most compassionate blood draw experience possible, with phlebotomists who have a one-visit, one-poke goal for every patient they see. We pride ourselves on processing tests as quickly and efficiently as possible, and also can provide advanced DNA and microbiology testing.

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Technician monitoring patient's heartThe CHOC Children’s Heart Institute

The only pediatric-dedicated heart facility in Orange County offers the latest in advanced cardiac care for an entire spectrum of cardiac conditions in newborns to adolescents. We are the only regional facility that performs neonatal and pediatric open-heart surgery, and our multi-disciplinary team is specially trained in the management of infants and children with congenital heart defects.

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From media to outdoor spaces, amenities abound: The second floor of the Bill Holmes Tower is filled with services for the entire family.

Turtle Talk

Turtle Talk

Located in the new Disneyland Resort lobby, this interactive experience gives patients and families a chance to have live conversations with Crush, the animated sea turtle from the Disney-Pixar film “Finding Nemo.”

Seacrest Studios

Seacrest Studios

Where else can a kid be a disc jockey? A collaboration between CHOC and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, with the generous support of the CHOC Follies, this interactive broadcast multimedia center provides our patients with an outlet to engage in radio, television and new media production.

Outdoor Play Area

Spaces Just for Kids

Patients can enjoy the southern California weather in our 3,000-square-foot play area that includes benches and a bear sculpture—in tribute to our beloved mascot Choco. There is also an indoor play room for younger kids as well as a distinct place for our teen patients to gather and socialize with their peers.

Meditation Center

Meditation & Prayer Room

This beautifully designed space is a quiet and sacred place designed to accommodate people of all faith traditions.

Resource Center

Resource Center

Home to a children’s library and adult business center, our Family Resouce Center, supported by Miracles for Kids, includes three multimedia stations that can be used to research information on pediatric illnesses and injuries.

Nurses at the outdoor cafe

Café and Roof Garden

Our café, funded by the Shannon and Amy Ko Foundation, and roof garden provide more than 7,000 square feet of space designed to promote a serene environment where patients and their families can enjoy some respite and fresh air.

Tower Gift is a Testament to Long Term Investment in CHOC

CHOC patients posing with Kim Cripe and Bill Holmes

Bill Holmes’ history-making $27 million gift to CHOC Children’s represents his commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of children in Orange County and beyond. This extraordinary gift allows CHOC to progress on its journey to becoming the leading destination for children’s health by providing exceptional and innovative care.

The opening of the new seven-story Bill Holmes Tower—colorful and dramatic, a beacon of hope in the heart of Orange County—marks a pivotal moment in CHOC’s proud and eventful history.

Highlights of the new Bill Holmes Tower:

  • The tower has tripled the size of our inpatient care facility in Orange.
  • It contains the region’s only dedicated pediatric emergency department, operating rooms, imaging department and laboratory.
  • New technology and additional resources, as well as world-class talent and research capabilities, combine to make for the best in clinical care, research and education.
  • Safety is built into the tower. Every patient room and operating room is designed as “same handed” with supplies and equipment located in exactly the same places to minimize the potential for human error.
  • An array of interior spaces utilizes light, color and spacious design to help lift spirits and and contribute to a soothing atmosphere that is conducive to healing.
  • Our doctors, nurses and staff employ the latest technology, along with standardized, integrated processes, to deliver the best in pediatric care.

Stories of Caring

Grace and her mother have embarked on a journey to a new unit at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the disorder afflicting Grace: epilepsy.

Mary Aguilar’s girls, Lily and Ella, born just shy of 32 weeks, were among the first patients and the first set of twins to be cared for in the CHOC NICU at St. Joseph Hospital, whose opening coincided with a new mother-baby unit at St. Joseph.

Two months after their son Ricky was born, Richard Alcedo and his wife, Wendy, noticed he was getting small bumps on his face. He was eventually diagnosed with an extremely rare disease that affects only one in 1 million children, typically those 10 or younger.

Stories of Philanthropy

For more than a decade, the cure rate for pediatric cancer has been stalled at about 80 percent. A multidisciplinary team of specialists at the Hyundai Cancer Institute is working to find cures for the other 20 percent—and won’t stop until they do.

Stephen and Cynthia Fry of Newport Coast are longtime philanthropists in Orange County who were introduced to CHOC Children’s three years ago when their young granddaughter was diagnosed with a rare and deadly genetic disease.

The new emergency department, located on the ground floor of the Bill Holmes Tower, is named in honor of CHOC Children’s supporters Julia and George Argyros for their generous gift of $5 million.

Varla and Curtis Knauss have spent their entire careers helping people get the most out of their hard-earned money. Now, the Orange County couple is making sure that some of their money will yield ongoing and lasting benefits to CHOC Children’s.

Dear Friends

At this time every year, I like to take a moment to celebrate the incredible generosity of CHOC Children’s supporters and friends like you. You are making a significant difference at CHOC—thank you! Our patients and families are eternally grateful for the many ways in which you have brightened their lives.

Thanks to the extraordinary support of more than 194,000 donors, we are proud to announce that more than $174 million has been raised to go toward our “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign.

This campaign is the first phase of a large-scale fundraising effort to ensure that CHOC is the safest, most advanced children’s hospital in the world providing unparalled care while advancing research and training tomorrow’s pediatric professionals.

In fiscal year 2013, CHOC topped off the campaign by raising more than $55 million. We are deeply grateful for the $27 million gift from Bill Holmes, as well as gifts of $1 million or more from our leadership donors – The Argyros Family Foundation, the Harold & Henrietta Lee Estate, Shannon and Amy Ko, The Fry Family Foundation and West Coast University.

Other highlights in this extraordinary fiscal year include the 22nd Annual CHOC Walk in the Park presented by Disneyland Resort, which attracted more than 15,000 participants and raised more than $2 million. And the CHOC Cherishes Children Gala, which raised almost $1 million, and was the highest-grossing and highest-attended gala in CHOC’s history.

With the opening of the Bill Holmes Tower comes an increase in families depending on CHOC for their children’s health care needs. This patient growth increases the importance of and need for continued philanthropic support like yours.

We have built a solid foundation for CHOC, but our journey doesn’t end here. We are now focused on the critical work of growing our endowments and raising funds to expand programs and services.

Together, we can accomplish so much more than what we could ever achieve alone. Thank you for making lives brighter!

Graig R. Eastin
Vice President, CHOC Children’s Foundation

Click here for a list of our fiscal year 2013 donors. 

Graig Eastin

Board of Directors

Richard Ackerman
Ralph Clayman, M.D.
Michael Colglazier
Kimberly Cripe - President
Janet Davidson
Vijay Dhar, M.D.
David Dukes - Secretary
Joseph Dunn
Jeff Elghanayan - 2nd Vice Chair
Mustafa Kabeer, M.D.
George Kalogridis
Jay Kear
Doug McCombs - 1st Vice Chair
Phillip Richardson, M.D.
Tim Ristoff
Mark Stevens - Chair
Thomas Tierney
Maureen Zehntner

Invited Members of Affiliate Boards, Administrative & Medical Staff:
Sam Auriemma
Marcia Folli
David Gibbs, M.D.
Paul Lubinsky, M.D.
Maria Minon, M.D.
Kerri Schiller - CFO/Assistant Secretary
Paul Van Dolah - Interim, COO
Louise White
Mary Ann Wilkinson, M.D.
Sam Auriemma - Chair
Terry Adams
Stephanie Argyros
Christine Bren, Psy.D.
John Carpino
Rob Colby
Kimberly Cripe - President
Jeff Elghanayan
Allen Fazio - Vice Chair
Jerry Flannery
Chris Furman
Ali Kavianian, M.D.
Jason Knight, M.D.
Delphine Lee
Heather Madden - Secretary
Caroline Marchant
Adrienne Matros, Psy.D.
Barry T. Ryan, J.D., Ph.D. - Vice Chair
Kimberly Sentovich
Steve Solomon

Invited Members of Affiliate Boards, Administrative Staff:
Susan Brennan - PADRE Chair
Graig Eastin - Vice President
Marshall Rowen, M.D. - CHC Finance
Committee Chair
Kerri Schiller - CFO/Assistant Secretary
Lori Stenovich - Guilds’ Representative
Mark Stevens - CCO, CCMH & CHC Chair(s)
Ralph Clayman, M.D.
Kimberly Cripe - President
Janet Davidson
David Dukes
Jeff Elghanayan - Secretary
Jay Kear
Tim Ristoff
Marshall Rowen, M.D. - Vice Chair
Patrick Salas
Mark Stevens - Chair
Thomas Tierney
Maureen Zehntner

Administrative Staff:
Kerri Schiller - CFO/Assistant Secretary
Paul Van Dolah - Interim COO
Kimberly Cripe - President
Janet Davidson - Vice Chair
Jeff Elghanayan
Marshall Rowen, M.D. - Chair
Mark Stevens - Secretary

Administrative Staff:
Kerri Schiller - CFO/Assistant Secretary


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