Dr. Mary Zupanc: Sharing My Story with Patients

Dr. Mary Zupanc

Undergoing brain surgery herself made Dr. Mary Zupanc a better, more sensitive clinician when working with epilepsy patients, the CHOC Children’s neurologist writes in The New York TimesWell Blog.

Following a late-night seizure and months of seemingly unrelated symptoms, Dr. Zupanc was diagnosed with a bifrontal meningioma in early 2014.

The questions and fear surrounding her subsequent surgery, as well as the recovery process, have clarified Dr. Zupanc’s understanding of the patient and family experience, she writes.

In The New York Times column, Dr. Zupanc tells her story and explains how becoming a patient herself has changed her practice and how she works with patients and families. Read the column to learn more.

ICD-10 Conversion – An Update from Dr. Bill Feaster, CHOC Children’s Chief Medical Information Officer

CHOC Children’s has just gone live with a new learning management tool, Healthstream, that is accessible to all CHOC physicians, non-physician providers and

Bill Feaster, William Feaster, MD, MBA, CHOC Children's Chief Medical Information Officer
William Feaster, MD, MBA, CHOC Children’s Chief Medical Information Officer

associates who have access to Cerner and CHOCPort. We intend to use Healthstream for all our education surrounding the electronic health record, as well as continuing education for our Clinical Documentation Improvement initiative (CDI), the transition to ICD-10 coding and other provider-focused education.

CHOC’s current information technology systems are designed around the ICD-9 CM code set. To get ready for ICD- 10, all of these systems are being remediated. This includes Cerner, SoftMed, NeoData and every other application at CHOC that codes a diagnosis or procedure, or supports sending out a bill. This change also impacts any applications currently running in community physicians’ private offices.

The initial educational offering will be “Precyse University” content surrounding the transition to ICD-10 coding. This education will be launched in phases starting this month. In August, more specialty specific educational courses will be offered, followed by a documentation simulator and review courses in September. In addition to taking a course, the Precyse content will be available for future reference when coding questions arise.

Access will be fairly simple. Your login and password will be the same as your current active directory password that you use for sign in to CHOCPort and Cerner.   The link to Healthstream is http://www.healthstream.com/hlc/CHOC.   This link will also be available on remote.choc.org and PAWS intranet.

For any questions please contact Stephanie Murphy, ICD-10 Education and Training Lead at CHOC at smurphy@choc.org, or me at wfeaster@choc.org.

William Feaster, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Information Officer, CHOC Children’s

U.S. News Ranks CHOC Among Best Children’s Hospitals

Best Children's HospitalsU.S. News & World Report has ranked CHOC Children’s as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in the 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. CHOC ranked in eight specialties: oncology, neonatology (“top 25”), neurology/neurosurgery, pulmonology, orthopedics, gastroenterology and GI surgery, diabetes and endocrinology (“top 25”), and urology.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available.

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources.

Learn more at choc.org.


Dr. Maria Minon Selected as UC Irvine Pediatric Residency Alumna of the Year

Maria Minon, MD, FAAP

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Minon, CHOC Children’s vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, has been selected by the UC Irvine Champions of Child Health as the UC Irvine Pediatric Residency Alumna of the Year. The award recognizes an alumnus who has made unique contributions to pediatrics in teaching, mentoring, scholarship, community service or clinical activity.

The award will be presented at the pediatric residency graduation on June 6.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Minon has served in her current role at CHOC Children’s since 1998. She is responsible for medical quality and patient safety, risk management and accreditation for the pediatric healthcare system, in addition to overseeing and facilitating the activities of the medical staff, psychology training program, graduate and continuing medical education programs, mental health and pediatric psychology services and operations for the CHOC Children’s Research Institute.

In addition, Dr. Minon currently chairs the Children & Families Commission of Orange County as well as the Board of Trustees for the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.

Dr. Minon received her medical degree at the University of California, Irvine. She conducted her post-graduate training at UC Irvine Medical Center and CHOC, where she was appointed chief resident. UC Irvine School of Medicine appointed her to a faculty position as associate clinical professor of pediatrics. Dr. Minon worked in private practice for general pediatrics and adolescent medicine from 1979 to 1998.

Congratulations, Dr. Minon, on your stellar contributions and dedication to CHOC and the children and families in our community!

2015 Physician Engagement Survey Winners

CHOC 2015 Physician Engagement SurveyCongratulations to the following CHOC Children’s 2015 Physician Engagement Survey raffle winners!

Harpreet Sandhu, MD – mini iPad
Mark Colon, MD – $250 Ritz Carlton gift card
Mike Ritter, MD – $200 Mastro’s gift card
Richard Mungo, MD – $100 Roger Dunn Golf Shop gift card

Thank you to all the physicians who participated in this important survey. Your support and responses are invaluable and will provide us direction as to how we can continue to improve CHOC Children’s.

For any questions, please contact Leslie Castelo, CHOC Business Development, at 714-509-4329.