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CHOC Children’s CEO receives honorary doctorate

West Coast University distinguishes Kimberly Cripe with the degree in healthcare management

by Griffin RogersPublished: May 24, 2012 08:25 AM

The president and CEO of CHOC Children’s in Irvine has received an honorary doctoral degree in Health Care Management from West Coast University May 20, becoming the first recipient of such an honor in the college’s 103-year-old history.

Kimberely Cripe received the award for her leadership role in the pediatric healthcare system and dedication as a children’s health advocate.

“Ms. Cripe’s commitment to excellence in healthcare and unwavering dedication to serving her community is to be commended,” said Dr. Barry Ryan, president of West Coast University. “We are pleased to honor her remarkable achievements with an honorary doctoral degree in Health Care Management to acknowledge her vision in helping shape one of the finest health care institutions in the country.”

Cripe’s demonstrated commitment to caring for children has been considerable. She currently serves as Chair Elect for the Children and Families Commission of Orange County after being appointed commissioner, and has served on the board of the Child Health Corporation of America and as board chair for the California Children’s Hospital Association.

As the head of CHOC Children’s Hospital, the only hospital in California to earn Gold Level California Awards for Performance Excellence Award from the California Council for Excellence, Cripe leads an institution that has received national recognition for both its superior performance in nursing and pediatric intensive care unit, the recipient of the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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