Coming full circle at CHOC, from being a former CHOC patient to a CHOC nurse, Veronica Mercado is fully committed to CHOC’s mission and lives it out wholeheartedly.
Supported by philanthropy, Mini Medical School is a science and health education series for homeless youth in Orange County. The program was created in 2019 by CHOC providers to spark children’s interest in a STEM discipline—science, technology, engineering and math—and to offer consistent contact with caring healthcare workers to make the hospital experience less intimidating.
After an evaluation at Providence Speech and Hearing Center (PSHC), it was discovered that Esther had a speech and language disorder that made it difficult for her to communicate. A year after participating in PSHC’s individual and group therapy, working with speech and language therapists, Esther has made incredible progress.
Seacrest Studios, CHOC’s in-house multimedia broadcast center, provides entertainment, welcome distractions through activities and music, and a creative outlets for patients throughout the hospital. And it’s all thanks to our partnership between the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and the Cherese Mari Laulhere Chid Life Department.
Through philanthropy, The Sharon Disney Lund Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) continues to make groundbreaking developments toward a healthier future, including the creation of their new augmented reality app with an animated Choco Bear that will help ease the nerves of patients ahead of an MRI.
As one of CHOC’s largest cause marketing partners, Costco Wholesale Corporation’s generosity helps provide critical resources to meet the essential needs of CHOC patients and their families. Their charitable giving is especially meaningful for Dawn, a Costco employee for the last 23 years whose son, Ethan, is a former CHOC heart patient.