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YOUNG PATIENTS GET PRESCRIPTION TO "CLOWN AROUND" WITH RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY'S CIRCUS
July 26, 2006

WHAT: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus is sending in the clowns to cheer up patients at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Two clowns will visit the hospital, delivering laughter to patients and families in the playrooms, in addition to bringing smiles to patients at their bedside.

WHEN: Thursday, August 3rd, 2 - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Children's Hospital of Orange County, 455 S. Main Street, Orange. Media will be greeted in main lobby (near Pepper and La Veta)

PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPS:

 Clowns interacting with patients and families in the hospital's playrooms

 Clowns cheering up patients, who are bedridden

 Hospital staff who can attest to the power of laughter and play in the healing process

NOTE: The brand-new, Re-imagined 136th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey breaks through the iconic three rings to create a more up-close and intimate circus experience. And for the first time ever, Ringling Bros. introduces a fun-filled storyline to the circus experience and features former American Idol finalist Jennifer Fuentes and accomplished Broadway star Chuck Wagner. Ringling Bros. will appear at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim July 26-August 6. Tickets are available online at www.Ringling.com, ticketmaster Ticket Centers, ticketmaster.com, or at the Arrowhead Pond Box Office.

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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