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CHOC’S READING PROGRAM HONORED WITH LITERACY AWARD FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY READING ASSOCIATION
January 23, 2006

(ORANGE, Calif., January 23, 2006) – Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) will be the 2006 recipient of the “Celebrate Literacy” award by the Orange County Reading Association. The honor will be presented at the Association’s conference on Thursday, January 26 at Chapman University’s Beckman Hall from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The Association is part of the International Reading Association.

The “Celebrate Literacy” award recognizes organizations, institutions, and individuals that have made significant literacy contributions at the local, state or provincial level. The award aims to familiarize the public with literacy activities in the community and call attention to the work that is being done to promote literacy world-wide.

“This award is truly an honor for CHOC and for our extended family in the community whom have made this program possible,” said Geeta Grover, M.D., co-founder of CHOC’s Reading Program. “Studies clearly show that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity to promote success in reading.”

The CHOC Reading Program promotes early literacy in children by bringing books and advice about reading right into the pediatrician’s office. CHOC pediatricians discuss reading with all families who visit the CHOC clinic, write a "prescription" for reading and give each child (age 6 months to 6 years) a new book after each well-child visit. The CHOC Reading Program is funded entirely by donations and is affiliated with Reach Out and Read, a national literacy program serving over 2700 pediatric health care centers throughout the U.S.

The International Reading Association seeks to promote literacy worldwide by improving the quality of reading instruction through the study of the reading process and teaching techniques. IRA supports two award programs that recognize significant contributions to literacy.

Editor's Note: For more information on CHOC’s Reading Program, please contact Monica Garcia, CHOC Public Relations, at 714-289-4183 or visit www.choc.org.

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach 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, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four 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 Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Monica Garcia, Sr. Public Relations Specialist
phone: (714) 289-4183
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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