Kimberly Chavalas Cripe Elected to Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association

Kim Cripe, CHOC Children's president and CEOCHOC Children’s President and CEO Kimberly Chavalas Cripe has been elected to the board of trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association. She will begin her term on January 1, 2015.

Cripe brings more than two decades of health care leadership experience to the board, including serving as CHOC’s president and CEO since 1997. She served two terms as the board chair for the California Children’s Hospital Association, advocating for critical funding for the state’s children’s hospitals. Cripe has served on the board of trustees for both the California Hospital Association and the Hospital Association of Southern California. On a national level, she was a board member for Child Health Corporation of America.

“I look forward to bringing my experience and vision to the Children’s Hospital Association’s board of trustees. I am excited to collaborate with other children’s hospital leaders across the country, working on solutions to our common challenges in improving health care for children,” she said.

The Children’s Hospital Association advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. Representing more than 220 children’s hospitals, the Association is the voice of children’s hospitals nationally.

CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital Opens State-of-the-Art Sleep Center

CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital Sleep CenterFamilies in South Orange County now have access to a state-of-the-art Sleep Center for children who need overnight monitoring to diagnose problems related to sleep.

The new three-room unit at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital offers private, comfortable accommodations and the latest technology for routine polysomnograms. CHOC already performs more than 750 sleep studies a year at its three-bed Sleep Disorder Center in Orange.

Each room includes custom light control, a flat-screen TV, a fold-out bed for mom or dad, and unique artwork that showcases Southern California beaches to promote a soothing, calm environment.

The Sleep Center is equipped with live video monitoring and electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (EKG), electrooculogram (EOG), electromyogram (EMG), thermistor, pulse oximeter and piezo crystal monitoring systems, allowing technologists to track every child’s breath, brainwave and movement during sleep.

In addition to registered sleep technologists, CHOC’s multidisciplinary sleep team includes a board-certified pediatric neurologist fellowship trained in sleep medicine, board-certified pediatric pulmonologists and psychologists.

Click here to learn more about the sleep conditions that affect children.


World’s First “Infusionarium” Comes to CHOC Children’s

Any parent who’s ever tried to get the attention of a child engrossed in a video game or movie can certainly appreciate the concept. Our new, multi-screen “Infusionarium” is an innovative video experience offering a welcome distraction for young patients undergoing treatments that often last for hours.

The CHOC Children’s Infusionarium is the first program of its kind to combine immersive video technology with life-saving infusion therapy, such as chemotherapy or IV antibiotics. Located inside The Dhont Family Foundation Outpatient Infusion Center (OPI) at CHOC Children’s, the jumbo screens and fabric-draped interior look more like a deluxe home theater than a hospital treatment room. CHOC Infsuionarium

Each patient chair is equipped with a laptop, headphones and wireless keyboard. Up to four patients, age 2 or older, may play at a time, together across four screens or individually. Patients may choose from an extensive menu of video options:

  • Watch popular movies
  • Play favorite Xbox video games
  • Skype with friends
  • Take “live” virtual tours, including the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Surf the Internet, watch YouTube videos
  • Check email
  • Listen to music or podcasts using high-end, noise-canceling headphones

Parents may also use the Infusionarium to watch educational videos.

Therapy for Chemotherapy

The soothing space and mental distraction may help reduce the physical side effects of chemotherapy.

“One patient used to dread coming in for treatments due to intense bouts of nausea that required multiple medications,” said Leonard Sender, M.D. medical director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s. “Today, when he undergoes treatment within the Infusionarium, he doesn’t even use anti-nausea medications.” Plans are underway to formally evaluate all possible patient benefits.

The Infusionarium was developed for CHOC by My Bridge 4 Life, a company that uses emerging technologies and digital media to create “immersive healing environments.” Founders Roger Holzberg and Allison Mills collaborated with Dr. Sender to launch a “pop-up” pilot Infusionarium at CHOC last summer. The results were so encouraging that CHOC moved forward with the new pod inside the OPI. Funding was made possible by proceeds from the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K Run/Walk.

Read more in The New York Times.

Learn more about the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s.


CHOC to Hold Toy Drive Dec. 20

The holiday season is upon us! For those families and community members wishing to20130424_0464 donate toys for the patients at CHOC Children’s, a toy drive will be held on:

Sat., Dec. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CHOC employee parking lot located at 557 S. Main St., in Orange.

Please note we are unable to accept donations in the main hospital lobby, as has been the practice in previous years. Instead, we ask that all holiday donations be delivered to the toy drive and that donations be sorted and boxed before delivery.

Due to limited storage space and to ensure a selection of items that are developmentally appropriate for the diverse patient population served by CHOC, donations of gift cards are greatly appreciated. Gift cards to stores such as Target, Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, Walmart, Michaels and Barnes & Noble are used by CHOC’s Child Life Specialists to purchase toys, craft supplies, books, DVDs and gifts when needed throughout the year and based on the developmental age and gender of current patients.

If you wish to donate a toy instead, please refer to CHOC’s wish list for the appropriate toys and guidelines.

Click here for more information, and to learn about other ways to support CHOC this holiday season.

Thank you for your continued support. Happy Holidays!

Dr. Mark Colon Honored with Eddy Award

Dr. Mark Colon Eddy Award 2014A CHOC Children’s pediatrician and member of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Dr. Mark Colon, was recently honored with an Orange County “Eddy Award” for his exemplary volunteer service and dedication to the club.

In awarding Dr. Colon, Robert Santana, chief executive officer of the club, said, “Dr. Colon has had a tremendous impact in the community and as a member of our board of directors. Dr. Colon has been the primary pediatrician at our CHOC clinic for almost 15 years. We are proud of our partnership with CHOC. We are proud to have Dr. Colon on our board of directors, and we are proud to call him a friend.”

Named after local broadcaster Ed Arnold, The Eddy Awards are presented annually by the Orange County Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon meritorious volunteers, typically board members, from each Orange County club in the spirit of service and altruism.