Time to give back: with a fundraising drive IAMCP SoCal helps two prominent local charities – Children Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and Orange County Ronald McDonald House
When IAMCP members collaborate, we're always a powerful team. But when IAMCP Members come together to raise funds for charity, we're an indomitable force.
The IAMCP SoCal 10th Anniversary celebration was such an event, with members coming together to raise over $100,000 for CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) and the Orange County Ronald McDonald House (RMH)!
CHOC is affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, the regional pediatric healthcare network includes a 316-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo. CHOC also offers many primary and specialty care clinics, over 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four "centers of excellence" - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.
CHOC will be using the funds to help implement new technology in its Seacrest Studios, an in-house multimedia broadcast center, such as the Surface Hub „collaboration kiosk“, which will connect with another one at the RMH house so that parents can easily commuicate with one another.
Microsoft HoloLens, an untethered mixed reality headset, will be introduced to help children keep their minds off their treatments. With the assistance of the Microsoft's Justin Slagle and his team, the hospital is also looking at ways to can help the staff with better technology through Surface Hub and Microsoft 365 to assist with staff productivity and better ways to enhance guest satisfaction.
Ronald McDonald House Expansion
Orange County RMH is currently undergoing an expansion and is considering how technology could play a role in the upgraded facility.
A rendering of the RMH expansion
Said Noel Burcelis, Executive Director of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, “We are excited to explore the possibilities of how we can use the funds to enhance guest experience of families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Orange County.”
This could involve providing products for entertaining the patients and siblings who stay at the House in the proposed Teen Room, or using technology to improve the guest check-in experience and decrease the stress of the “admission process.” In addition, RMH is considering using funds to attain products that could assist staff in collecting, analyzing, and reporting on guest data.
“This truly is an exciting opportunity for our charity to use technology to further our mission of providing care, comfort, and support to families with seriously ill children.” – Noel Burcelis
The kitchen at RMH