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Our Local Health Care Hero - Alumnus Marcia Folli

By Sarah Catz on Apr 30, 2014

Health care professionals and administrators are constantly exploring new ways to employ innovative principles in the industry. Brandman University's Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions is proud to train some of the nation's next great leaders in a world focused on improving lives through patient-centered care. Alumnus Marcia Folli is one of those outstanding individuals who has made a positive difference in the health care landscape through her work with the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Southern California.

Folli currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at CHOC. After attaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Marty's College, she went on to graduate with her Master of Health Administration in 2008 from Chapman University College, renamed Brandman University that same year. This groundbreaking degree was developed to challenge status quo positions, lead organizational change, assess  innovations and safeguard quality of care. Graduates like Folli develop skills that allow them to apply data-driven decision making methods, leverage technologies, understand and improve regulatory legislation and practice evidence-based medicine.

Her professional network extends far beyond the hospital grounds. Serving on Brandman's Alumni Association Board of Directors, Folli has a long history in the world of education, previously working for UCI Medical Center in addition to practicing ambulatory care. Manny Montanez, President and CEO at LMP Capital, boasted about her experience working with Folli mentioning on a recommendation posted on the alumnus' Linked In profile:

I have had the opportunity as a former member of the board at CHOC Children's/ Mission and Orange, and to have seen the difference Marcia's leadership has made and continues to make in every area of pediatric health care. Marcia is a dedicated team player and has shown the ability to attract, develop and retain excellent talent. She is a vital asset to the continued quality growth and compassionate patient care at CHOC Children's.

Her education and hard work has helped CHOC advance to receive a Guardian of Excellence Award in 2013 for physician engagement presented by Press Ganey Associates, Inc, a leader in performance improvement. The award recognizes leading health care facilities that have achieved and consistently maintained excellence for multiple years. It is given to only 45 organizations per year, representing the top three performing organizations by category. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to measure and improve the patient experience.

In the spirit of corporate wellness, CHOC Mission has followed a journey of excellence by pledging to create the best environment for staff and practicing medical physicians to provide patients with top notch care. Folli commented on the award from Press Ganey stating, "We are committed to delivering a high quality health care experience, which includes a strong partnership with our physicians. We know our engaged physicians share our deep commitment to compassionate, quality pediatric care."

Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey, further praises the hospital saying, "Achieving and sustaining such a high degree of excellence reflects the organization's deep commitment to delivering outstanding service and quality. Ultimately this accomplishment is a bold statement to the community that CHOC Mission provides excellent patient care and experiences."

All of these statements illustrate the power of innovation in stimulating positive change throughout the industry. Under Folli's direction, the hospital recently expanded its neonatal intensive care unit and added an inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit. Brandman University is excited to hear about these enhancements that create new career opportunities for the next generation of health care leaders. Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions provides a full range of educational programs for students looking to innovate the industry including Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree pathways in neonatal and pediatric acute care.

Topics: Alumni, School of Nursing & Health Professions