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NEW CHOC CLINIC AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF SANTA ANA OPENS FOR MEDICALLY UNDER-SERVED CHILDREN
October 20, 2000

A powerful new team in pediatric health care is welcomed to Santa Ana today. Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana proudly announce the opening of a new CHOC Clinic at the Boys & Girls Club's facility on Highland Street. The clinic is the first free-standing, full-service pediatric clinic in the nation located at a Boys & Girls Club, benefiting at-risk youth and low-income families. It is a model for other health care partnerships at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation.

The new clinic is located where it is needed the most. The median family income in the two census tracks surrounding the Club is $12,000-barely enough to afford transportation to a doctor, much less health care or insurance. And with 26,000 youth living within one mile of the Club-the highest concentration of youth on the West Coast-the need for affordable health care is great.

But it was one little neighborhood boy who provided the inspiration for the pediatric clinic. Two years ago, Felipe Carrillo was only 8 years old when he developed meningitis. His family, poor and uninsured, had no where to turn for help. Felipe's condition worsened and his parents sought emergency care. Sadly, Felipe died in an ambulance on the way to CHOC.

Heart-broken by the tragedy, a Club Board member paid for Felipe's funeral. Determined that no other parents should face the same tragedy, the Board of the Boys & Girls Club decided it was time to act. The Club developed its partnership with CHOC to provide the health services all children need.

The new CHOC Clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana plans to provide nearly 20,000 pediatric care visits over the next three years, as well as thousands of well-child visits and prenatal visits. Children and teens from birth to 18 years of age will be able to see a doctor and registered nurses for their health care needs.

The 1,400 square foot clinic is located adjacent to the Club's parking lot, and houses four exam rooms, an education office and a waiting room. Medical services will include a bilingual staff, physical checkups, preventive care, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings.

For more information, please contact Cindy Brewster or Dina Moore, Boys & Girls Club Public Relations and Marketing, at (714) 565-1098.

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

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’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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