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CHOC CHILDREN’S PEDIATRICIAN MARK COLON, M.D., HONORED WITH 2012 CIRCLE OF CARE AWARD
August 27, 2012

CHOC Children’s pediatrician Mark Colon, M.D., was named a 2012 Circle of Care Award winner by CalOptima. The award recognizes health care professionals, medical groups and providers who have gone above and beyond to serve Orange County’s most vulnerable residents. The award honors those who provide compassionate and culturally sensitive care to patients. 

“Our mission is to provide access to quality and compassionate health care for the Orange County residents most in need,” explained Gertrude Carter, M.D., CalOPtima chief medical officer. “Without the full dedication, commitment and generosity of these providers, CalOptima wouldn’t be able to fulfill this mission. The Circle of Care award program is our way of saying thank you to the providers who support our community.”

Dr. Colon, along with the other Circle of Care Award recipients, will be honored at a luncheon on August 29th. 

About CalOptima – CalOptima is a county-organized health system providing publicly funded health coverage programs for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities in Orange County, California. CalOptima serves 410,000 members with a network of more than 5,000 primary care doctors and specialists, as well as 24 hospitals. CalOptima provides access to quality health care through three programs, including Medi-Cal, Healthy Families Program and OneCare (HMO SNP).

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2013-2014) 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 healthcare 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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