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Children's 101 Gives Valley Leaders Inside View of Hospital


On May 21 and again on June 10, Children’s Hospital Central California hosted community leaders as part of the hospital’s Children’s 101 program.  Launched in 2009, Children’s 101 provides participants a hands-on look at the exceptional care provided at the hospital and helps create greater public awareness of our unique role as the only pediatric specialty hospital in all of Central California.

The half day events began with presentations by William Haug, former President & CEO, and Dr. David Christensen, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs, who talked about the depth and quality of specialty care provided at Children's Hospital.  Participants then attended three separate 50 minute rotations in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Pediatric Subspecialty Practices, and Radiology and Imaging Department.

May Children's 101 participantsOn May 21, Children’s hosted eleven community leaders as part of the hospital’s Children’s 101 program. Participants attending the May program included Assembly Member Tom Berryhill, staff representing Assembly Members Mike Villines and Connie Conway, staff representing state Senators Dave Cogdill and Dean Florez, Madera County Administrative Officer Steve Rodriguez, representatives from the California Health Facilities Financing Authority, and other community leaders. 

June Children's 101 participantsAmong those individuals attending the June 10 event included representatives from local First 5 Agencies.  Created in 1998, First 5 Agencies have invested millions of dollars into improving the social service delivery system for our communities' youngest, most vulnerable children. Also attending the event included the Executive Director of the Central California Children's Institute, Hospital and Hospital Foundation Board members, and the President of Color the Skies.  Along with First 5 agencies, all of these organizations play a critical role in improving the health and wellbeing of children in our valley.

During the debriefing luncheon, participants expressed strong praise for the care they saw being provided and the staff’s competency and commitment in providing that care.