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CHOC Children’s receives $2.2M donation

West Coast University’s gift supports ‘Change CHOC, Change the World’ campaign

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: September 27, 2012 02:30 PM

CHOC Children’s has received another contribution to its philanthropic fund to support the new Children’s tower and its advanced operations and services. West Coast University has donated $2.2 million to the ‘Change CHOC Change the World’ campaign, which aims to raise $125 million by June 2013.

West Coast University, headquartered in Irvine with locations in Southern California and Texas, is a private, healthcare-focused institution, with several programs in nursing, as well as healthcare management. West Coast University’s board chairman, David Pyle, has made community giving a key initiative of his leadership.

“Witnessing the deep collaboration between our institution of higher learning and the renowned CHOC Children’s is the realization of a goal I’ve held for nearly 35 years,” Pyle said. “Education institutions and hospitals working hand-in-hand to develop the best in patient care is what it’s all about.”

The gift will be allocated in three parts. Almost $1.1 million will be used to establish the new West Coast University Nursing Research and Education Center at CHOC Children’s. The center will include a nurse researcher and provide professional development programs for the hospital’s nursing staff, with the aim of advancing research and education in the field of nursing. Another portion, $600,000 will be used to name three conference rooms in the new CHOC Children’s South Tower, set to open in April 2013. And $550,000 will be dedicated to fund academic scholarships for the hospital’s nursing staff.

Kim Cripe, president and CEO of CHOC Children’s, expressed the hospital’s gratitude for the gift and for their partnership with West Coast University. “This generous gift supports our commitment to education, enhancing our nursing practice and promoting our culture of safe and quality patient care.”

With this latest gift, the Change CHOC, Change the World campaign has raised more than $120 million towards its $125 million target, eight months ahead of the June 2013 goal. The campaign will establish CHOC Children’s endowment to support the hospital, its programs, centers for research, operations and staff, and will enable its leadership to recruit top pediatric experts to Orange County.

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