Disneyland Resort donates $5 million to “Change CHOC, Change the World”

CHOC Children’s has received steady, generous Disney support ever since Walt Disney became personally involved with the hospital’s founding executive council. From designing the original “Choco” bear logo to hosting CHOC’s largest annual fundraiser, “CHOC Walk In The Park,” Disney is interwoven into the hospital’s history.

In February, the Disneyland Resort contributed $5 million to the “Change CHOC, Change the World” campaign. This generous gift, which has helped push CHOC’s $125 million campaign past the $100 million milestone, includes naming the second-flfloor lobby and designing a Disney-themed interactive element.

“Change CHOC, Change The World” concludes June 2013

CHOC may have entered the home stretch, but there’s still time to participate in this transformative, once-ina- lifetime opportunity.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this success,” said Jennie Wagner, CHOC Foundation campaign manager. “It is a great accomplishment to have reached this point of the campaign because it really reflflects the dedication of the community in supporting our children’s healthcare, as well as CHOC’s vision and values.”

For more information, including naming opportunities, please contact Jennie Wagner, Campaign Manager, CHOC Foundation, (714) 289-4017.


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

With more than 24 years in higher education and health-related development plus a master’s in psychology, Graig Eastin brings highly specialized experience to the CHOC Foundation. Most recently, Eastin worked for eight years at the University of California, San Diego in various executive positions, including associate vice chancellor for development.

Prior to UC San Diego, he led fundraising efforts for Harbor-UCLA Research and Educational Institute, The Scripps Whittier Institute for Diabetes, and the University of San Diego Moore Cancer Center. He was also director of major gifts for the University of Southern California/ Kenneth Norris Jr. Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital.

Eastin has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s from the University of Southern California.

“Physicians who give back philanthropically to their organizations send an important, powerful message to the community,” Eastin said. “I am pleased to be leading efforts to open up new avenues for community support, strengthening relationships with key communities, and being part of such a transformative period in our hospital’s history.”

In the Spotlight: Jon Kramer, M.D.

The term “hospitalist” was virtually unknown anywhere else in the country in 1986. But that was the solution CHOC pediatrician Jon Kramer, M.D., developed to fill the two-year interim between the end of the UC Irvine residency program with a CHOC rotation and the development of the CHOC residency program.

Dr. Kramer was a member of the final UC Irvine residency class that rotated through CHOC. He stayed on and worked with then-Medical Director Harriet Opfell, M.D., to hire 16 pediatricians from across the country to staff the CHOC Clinic, assist in the ICU and NICU, admit patients, and cover overnight shifts.

His efforts filled the vacancies left by the departing residents and helped CHOC successfully bridge a very crucial time. And although Dr. Kramer left CHOC for private practice in 1988, mutual warm feelings persist.

“I still have a warm place in my heart for CHOC because of the residency and working there those two years,” he said. “It still has a special meaning to me.”

“Sending kids off to college you saw the day they were born—that is the fun of this. Signing their college physical forms, going back into the chart, and remembering when you saw them as newborns. You realize all the ups and downs these families have had for 18 years, and you helped them through it.”

Old-School care For New-Generation Families

A native New Yorker, Dr. Kramer graduated from New York Medical College, in Valhalla, and completed both his internship and residency at the University of California, Irvine. After implementing the CHOC hospitalist program, he became the sole pediatrician for an independent medical group in Anaheim Hills. That group grew along with the North Orange County community, and was acquired by St. Jude Medical Group in 1996. Dr. Kramer now works with five pediatricians at his Yorba Linda office.

Dr. Kramer is quick to attribute the success of his practice to his loyal staff, many of whom have worked with him for almost 20 years. They share his philosophy of personalized care, from the warm, friendly voice of his triage nurse, to Dr. Kramer, himself, who handles many of the phone calls and follow-up.

“New parents get so much false information from the Internet, friends and family,” Dr. Kramer said. “I think it is part of a pediatrician’s job to be the authority for correct information. It takes more time, but I know my patients’ parents appreciate it.”

His medical group recently implemented an online patient access program, and Dr. Kramer is curious to see what the results will be a year from now. Will younger parents embrace the technology and prefer getting answers online? Or will they still want a live, friendly voice?

Dr. Kramer certainly has an impressive record for making new ideas work. But whatever the parents choose, he’ll never be more than a phone call away.

Jon Kramer, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician located at 4300 Rose Drive, Suite E, in Yorba Linda. To contact him, please call (714) 577-6677.

Weekly Neuro Clinic at Newport Beach Specialty Center

Consultation for low-acuity neurological conditions is now available on Wednesdays at the CHOC Children’s Specialty Center at Hoag Health Center–Newport Beach. CHOC pediatric neurologists Ying Peng, M.D., and Sharon Kim, M.D., are seeing patients from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on alternating Wednesdays.

The weekly clinic in Newport Beach expands access and convenience for coastal and southern Orange County families. Encompassing eight pediatric specialties, the CHOC Children’s Specialty Center and CHOC Children’s Endocrine and Diabetes Center have already become a specialty medical home for many patients.

Services are available for general neurological problems. For more information or to schedule a referral, please call (949) 631-3603. For a consultation request and referral guidelines, please go to http://specialists.chocchildrens.org/neurology and choose the appropriate links. Patient records may be faxed via Provider Link to (877) 484-4017.

CHOC to build and staff Level II NICU

Construction begins in June 2012 for a CHOC-licensed Level II NICU inside St. Joseph Hospital. CHOC will open the 13-bed unit on 4 North, adjacent to St. Joseph Hospital’s new post-partum unit, which is scheduled to open in November.Construction of the new NICU will be completed by the end of this year.

Staffed by CHOC physicians and employees, the new NICU is designated for infants born at 32 weeks or greater who are moderately ill or at moderate risk for developing complications as a result of prematurity or illness. Infants requiring a higher level of care will continue being transported to CHOC’s 54-bed Level III NICU.

Each private room will contain family space, including overnight accommodation for one parent. According to Linda Glenn, M.N., CHOC NICU clinical director, the smaller unit will provide more personalized care and enhance the infant-parent bond. As with the current Level III CHOC NICU, community physicians will be notifified of transfer and receive copies of discharge summaries.

“CHOC and St. Joseph are both family-centered organizations with a long history of excellence,” Glenn said. “We’ve entered into this joint venture because the missions of our organizations are so closely aligned that it seemed like a natural extension of what we both do.”

CHOC physicians recognized at Doctor’s Day luncheon

CHOC Children’s honored its physicians at a Doctor’s Day Appreciation Luncheon on March 30th, in the Harold Wade Education Center. Kimberly Cripe, CHOC President and CEO,welcomed over 200 guests in attendance, and thanked physicians for their dedication and contributions to the children and families in our community.

A special award was presented to Dr. Araceli Quimbo, CHOC pediatrician, who is retiring, for her remarkable efforts and collaboration with CHOC throughout the years.