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Our Mission: To Nurture, Advance and Protect the Health and Well-Being of Children

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For 50 years, CHOC Children’s has been steadfastly committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, our regional pediatric healthcare network includes a state-of-the-art 279-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, more than 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence – The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

Achieving Excellence

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence. Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC is the first children’s hospital in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

Serving Those in Need

Our mission is straightforward: To nurture, advance and protect the health and well being of children. That’s why at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital, we are dedicated to working cooperatively—assisting and enriching existing services as well as developing programs to benefit the families of Orange County. Over two million children across four counties count on CHOC to be here when they need us most—regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Read our 2012-2013 Community Benefit Plan

CHOC History: 50 Years of Caring

Since 1964, CHOC Children’s has nurtured, advanced and protected the health and well-being of children through innovative care and state-of-the-art facilities. What started as a 62-bed children’s hospital – the first in Orange County – has grown into a pediatric health care system serving multiple counties. CHOC’s rapid growth in size and community impact should be of no surprise, given its leadership and steadfast commitment to defining the future of pediatric medicine.

Proud of it’s rich past, CHOC’s focus is on the future. And because of this, children’s futures are brighter than ever. From Walt Disney to the new Bill Holmes tower, see how CHOC has changed over the years.

CHOC is the first hospital devoted exclusively to caring for children in Orange County. Since opening its doors, CHOC has led the way in many areas of pediatric health care.

Our 30-bed PICU offers the highest levels of care to critically ill or injured children. Our pediatric intensive care specialists are available in the hospital 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, along with highly skilled nursing and support staff. Click here to learn more about our PICU.
Our 54-bed NICU offers critical tertiary and quaternary care for newborn babies suffering from respiratory, circulatory and cardiac problems. Designed with these tiny patients in mind, the unit provides multi-patient rooms, single care rooms, and an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) unit. CHOC’s ECMO unit is the only one of its kind in Orange County, and one of only 72 in the United States. CHOC also has Southern California’s only ECMO transport unit. For parents preparing to take their baby home, the NICU offers an overnight stay room. This room is used to simulate the home experience, but with nurses available to provide assistance. At the forefront of neonatal care, our NICU is the first in the region to offer the Olympic Cool-Cap System to prevent or reduce the severity of neurological injury associated with moderate or severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (damage to the brain or spinal cord as a result of inadequate oxygen). This leading-edge technology has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of newborn death and disability. In addition to the main NICU, CHOC offers a Small Baby Unit, designed for babies born at less than 28 weeks gestation or who weigh less than 1,000 grams., The only one if its kind in Southern California, this unit is staffed by a dedicated team, specially trained to care for these infants and their unique needs. Click here to learn more about our NICU.
The 12-bed state-of-the-art CVICU includes two fully-equipped procedure rooms that enable physicians to perform lifesaving surgery on children who are too unstable to be transported out of the unit. All of the CVICU rooms are outfitted with leading-edge technology equal to the demands of monitoring children after complex operations and surgical procedures. Click here to learn more about the CHOC Children's Heart Institute.
These units occupy two entire patient care floors, and are designed for children who need to be hospitalized while receiving care for an illness, injury, day visit procedure, or recovering from surgery. Click here to learn more about having surgery at CHOC.
The surgical short stay unit is designed specifically with children in mind. This is where our patients stay before and after surgical procedures. Specialized services include access to a Child Life therapist who is skilled in helping calm nervous children. Click here to learn more about having surgery at CHOC.
The only one of its kind in California, our dedicated neuroscience unit meets the special needs of patients with neurological disorders. On the unit, our team offers highly specialized nursing, electrodiagnostics, occupational and physical therapy, case management and dietary services. Click here to learn more about the CHOC Children's Neuroscience Institute.
With disease-specific treatment teams, our Cancer Institute team can diagnose and treat virtually all cancers—from newborns to teens. Our oncology unit is staffed with is specially trained clinical staff that are able to treat the complex conditions that accompany pediatric cancers. Additionally, the CHOC Outpatient Procedure and Infusion Unit (OPI) houses 20 outpatient infusion stations, which include two isolation rooms. Click here to learn more about the Hyundai Cancer Institute.
CHOC provides advanced life support critical care transport services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Premature infants, as well as babies and children facing serious illness or injury can rely on CHOC Transport services for immediate and safe transport to CHOC. The physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists who staff these “mobile intensive care units” offer the highest levels of medical care, performing 4,300 transports annually.

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UC Irvine Affiliation

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An exciting new era in pediatric care has begun.

CHOC Children’s and University of California, Irvine have a strategic affiliation, working together to create a world-class pediatrics center that integrates high-quality, comprehensive patient care; leading-edge research; and exemplary teaching programs.

CHOC provides inpatient and outpatient pediatric specialty care to patients, while UC Irvine Medical Center continues to provide pediatric emergency services, burn care, trauma services requiring immediate surgery, neonatal intensive care, newborn nursery care, and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Bringing advanced treatment to the bedside

CHOC and UC Irvine have a history of collaborating on research that brings advanced treatment to patients, including the National Children’s Study, which is the largest and most comprehensive long-term study of environmental effects on child health and development. Through the formal affiliation, additional grants have been awarded to both institutions, and CHOC researchers have access to valuable University resources, like the Beckman Laser Institute, in an effort to bring breakthrough therapies and cures to pediatric patients.

Training the next generation of physicians

Committed to training the next generation of pediatric experts, CHOC and UC Irvine have integrated their pediatric residency and fellowship programs. Currently, UC Irvine medical students conduct their clinical clerkship rotation at CHOC, providing them with increased access to a greater number of pediatric cases and enhancing their overall training and education.

While both CHOC and UC Irvine remain separate institutions, the strategic affiliation will transform the delivery of pediatric care in Orange County and beyond.

Honors and Awards

CHOC Children’s has been ranked as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, available today at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals. CHOC ranked in seven specialties: cancer; pulmonology; neonatology, which earned a “top 20” spot; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; gastroenterology and GI surgery; and urology.

“Every Best Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “We know how important it is for parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness.”
CHOC Children’s Hospital has earned the “Top Hospital” designation from The Leapfrog Group for providing the safest and highest quality health care services to patients. CHOC is one of only 13 children's hospitals in the nation named to the "2013 Leapfrog Top Hospitals" list, based on results from The Leapfrog Group’s national survey.

A record number 1,324 hospitals participated in the survey, which measured performance in patient safety and quality. Specifically, the survey focused on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare; resource use; and management structures in place to prevent errors. Demonstrating the highest standards in quality of care and resource use, Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions.
CHOC Children’s has been recognized with the Gold Level CAPE (California Awards for Performance Excellence) Award from the California Council for Excellence (CCE). CHOC is the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction.

The CAPE Program, administered by the CCE, emulates the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and is the highest recognition in the state for performance excellence. The CAPE Program, employing the same rigorous criteria used on the national level, recognizes organizations that demonstrate continuous improvement and superior performance in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement/knowledge management, human resources, process management and business results.
CHOC was awarded “Magnet designation” from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). With this award - the highest honor bestowed to a hospital - CHOC has joined an elite group of hospitals nationwide. Magnet recognition honors healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards. It officially recognizes our tireless commitment to the highest standards of nursing practice, quality of care, and patient safety.
CHOC Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the nation to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, an award presented by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). This recognition represents CHOC’s extraordinary commitment to high quality critical care standards, and dedication to the exceptional care of patients and their families.

As a Beacon Award recipient, CHOC’s PICU succeeded in the following areas, as measured against evidence-based criteria:
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Education, training and mentoring
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Patient outcomes
  • Leadership and organization ethics
  • Healing environment
CHOC Children’s was voted a “Most Trustworthy Brand” by Orange County residents in 2011. The designation is the result of a six-month research effort designed to determine not only the most trustworthy brands based in, or with a strong presence in Orange County but also the reasons why these specific products and services hold the public’s trust more than others.

Organized jointly by the Values Institute at DGWB and OC METRO, the 20-question Most Trustworthy Brands: Orange County Edition™ online survey is based on a proprietary research initiative developed at DGWB. The complete list and a profile of each honored brand is published in the June 2011 issue of Newport Beach-based OC METRO magazine and online at ocmetro.com.

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CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine