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CHOC CHILDREN'S RAISES ITS VOICE FOR KIDS IN HEALTH CARE REFORM DEBATE
May 06, 2009

CHOC Children’s joined the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) and other leading children’s organizations today as they launched a grassroots mobilization campaign asking Congress and the Obama Administration to make health care reform work for children.  

The campaign Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform utilizes interactive Web technology to allow advocates to register online as champions for children’s health, express their priorities for children in health reform and upload testimonials about experiences with children’s health care coverage, delivery, quality and costs. Gathered data is then broken out by state, Congressional district and rolled up nationally to display advocates’ opinions.

“We are seizing this historic and immediate opportunity to ensure children’s needs are included in health reform,” said N.A.C.H. CEO and President Lawrence McAndrews.  “This week and in the coming weeks, Congress will draft health reform legislation to put before the President. We cannot allow children to be marginalized or overlooked in this process, so we are asking parents, grandparents, family members of children, physicians, nurses, teachers – child advocates everywhere – to raise their voices for kids in health reform.”

National partners of the Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform campaign are the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Health Fund, First Focus and March of Dimes.
 

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

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