PROVIDE YOUR FEEDBACK IN CHOC’S PHYSICIAN ENGAGEMENT SURVEY, APRIL 25-MAY 23

The 2016 Physician Engagement Survey will be held April 25-May 23, 2016 for CHOC physicians on our medical staff. Don’t miss this opportunity to provide CHOC with your valuable input, which will allow the organization to further strengthen and improve its programs and services, to better serve you and our children.

In the coming weeks, please look for a survey invitation via email from Press Ganey, who is conducting the survey on behalf of CHOC. The email contains the survey link and your individually assigned password. Please be assured all individual responses and comments are confidential. Your responses will be consolidated and reported in aggregate.

In appreciation of completing the survey, all participants will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win one of the following prizes: gift card to The Resort at Pelican Hill; gift card to The Ritz-Carlton; gift card to Mastro’s Restaurants; and gift card to Amazon. One winner will be selected each week of the survey.

We highly encourage your participation in this brief online survey. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leslie Castelo, director, business development at CHOC, at 714-509-4329 or lcastelo@choc.org.

Local Businessman Shares Why the CHOC Follies Is A Must-See Show!

Known as one of Orange County’s most unique and popular fundraisers, the CHOC Follies is back again with the newest musical production, “Carly and the Choco Factory: An Orange County Musical of Sweethearts, Swindlers and Swashbucklers!” benefiting CHOC Children’s.

Featuring a talented cast of local social and business leaders, who graciously donate their time rehearsing for the show and fundraising for CHOC, the humorous production promises to be a crowd pleaser yet again.

We talked to Michael Velasco, a new CHOC Follies cast member and vice president of fulfillment services at Meridian in Tustin, about the upcoming show.

CHOC Follies

Q: How did you get involved with the show? Why is this important to you?

A: I’ve been a long-time supporter of CHOC, and have worked as a partner with CHOC Marketing and Communications and the CHOC Foundation for many years. This is important to me because I care about people, especially children. We are a community and are all one family, and should help each other. The Meridian team and I like to support all the good work that CHOC does.

Q: What character will you play in the show?

A: I don’t play a main character, but participate in all group acts. I’m happy to support awareness of CHOC Follies and the philanthropic goals raised by the cast members. I’m in awe of the cast and their skill sets. We’ve been rehearsing since January, twice a week. This is new and challenging for me, but I’m having a good time!

Q: What is your favorite part of the show so far?

A: The cast and everyone involved. This is a group of genuinely great human beings. The cast camaraderie and support of each other are admirable. You can’t participate and fly solo. You have to trust in the directors and cast, and they have to trust in you. I’m humbled by and grateful for this experience.

Q: Who should come to the show?

A: Everyone – family, friends and coworkers!

Q: What’s going to surprise people about the show?

A: The CHOC Follies directors and cast do an outstanding job of creating a high-quality musical. It’s going to be an exciting performance. Come see us, make time to relax and recharge!

“Carly and the Choco Factory” will be held on March 31-April 2, at the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa.

Purchase tickets and learn more here.  Or, call the CHOC Foundation at 714-509-8690.

CHOC Celebrates Child Life Week

The team of child life specialists at CHOC Children’s strives to “normalize” the hospital environment for patients and families. By making things like medical procedures and equipment less foreign, patients can focus on what’s important: feeling better.

“At a children’s hospital, we are doing much more than treating illness.  We are healing children and caring for families, says Dr. David Gibbs, division chief pediatric surgery, CHOC Children’s Specialists.  “Child life gives our young patients a sense of comfort, control, and understanding that is not only helpful to them but reassuring to their families.”

CHOC Children's Child Life

Child Life’s work includes surgery preparation and support; therapeutic medical play; new diagnosis education and support; developmental stimulation; sibling support; and specialized therapeutic programs like pet, art and music therapy.

As a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Gibbs sees first-hand the impact this unique team has on a patient’s recovery.

“Child Life helps calm, cheer, and inform the child before surgery.  This actually reduces the need for medication and promotes more rapid healing and recovery,” he adds.

In recognition of Child Life Week, CHOC celebrates our dynamic child life team, and the role they play in our commitment to patient and family-centered care. Watch this video for a glimpse into CHOC child life.

To reach CHOC’s child life department, please call 714-509-8473. 

Learn more about CHOC’s child life services.

CHOC Experts Provide High Level of Care for Brachial Plexus Surgery

CHOC Children’s offers the highest level of care for children requiring brachial plexus surgery.

Brachial plexus surgery is a complex procedure that repairs damage to the bundle of connected nerves in the neck region. Damage to these nerves is often caused by birth complications, contact sport collisions and automobile accidents. A severe brachial plexus injury can cause a patient to lose function and sensation in their arm, impairing their ability to perform everyday tasks.

Surgical procedures such as nerve grafts and transfers can restore this function and sensation and help the patient regain their lost quality of life.

“While many patients will regain movement with therapy alone, a small percentage will require nerve surgery,” says Dr. Joffre Olaya, pediatric neurosurgeon at CHOC. “Patients may even need a series of surgeries,” he adds. “The first surgery may be focused on the nerves, where the second would be focused on the transfer of muscle or movement of bones.”

The experienced multidisciplinary team at CHOC is fully equipped to handle all aspects of the repair and guide the patient and their family through every stage of treatment and healing. The surgery is performed in the Tidwell Procedure Center at CHOC, which features seven operating rooms and advanced technology and information systems.

“We like to evaluate patients as early as possible,” says Dr. Amber Leis, a CHOC and UC Irvine plastic surgeon. “We want to be part of the child’s journey and provide long-term care to ensure the best possible outcome.”

Whether or not these patients end up requiring surgery, they all benefit from therapy, explains Dr. Leis. CHOC is proud to offer the latest, research-based physical therapy in one of the most comprehensive rehabilitation centers in the area. Further, depending on their age, diagnosis and treatment plan, some brachial plexus patients may benefit from aquatic physical therapy, which takes place in the center’s pool.

Dr. Olaya and Dr. Leis are committed to building a robust, one-of-a-kind brachial plexus program for children in the region and beyond.

They offer community physicians the following guidelines on when to refer:

  • As early as possible, after a brachial plexus birth palsy with impaired arm movement.
  • After a sports or motor vehicle accident with impaired arm movement or sensation.

Learn more about surgical services at CHOC.

Grand Rounds Video – Bone Fragility in Children: Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Osteoporosis

Threats to bone health are increasingly a pediatric concern. Genetic or acquired disorders can compromise the expected gains in bone quantity and quality, and lead to osteoporosis early in life. Recurrent fractures in otherwise healthy youth may also be an indication of underlying bone fragility.

In this grand rounds video presentation, Dr. Laura Bachrach, professor of pediatrics, division of endocrinology, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, briefly reviews recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric osteoporosis. Common clinical scenarios are also discussed to underscore current practice and ongoing controversies in the pediatric bone field.

View upcoming continuing medical education and grand rounds presentations.

View previous grand rounds videos.