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CALOPTIMA CONTINUES SUPPORT OF CHOC CHILDREN'S BREATHMOBILE
February 13, 2013

CHOC Children’s Breathmobile provides comprehensive asthma care to underserved, school-aged children, including CalOptima’s Medi-Cal children. For the second consecutive year, CalOptima has supported the mobile asthma program to help expand care for Orange County’s low-income children with moderate and high risk for asthma. The public health plan recently provided $300,000 to support the program, which will allow 50 percent more Medi-Cal children to receive services at 24 schools and community sites.

“Continuing our partnership with CHOC enables more of our members to participate. Parents won’t have to worry as much about their child’s asthma,” said Himmet Dajee, M.D., Interim Chief Medical Officer at CalOptima. “Among our Medi-Cal members, asthma is one of the top 10 chronic conditions. Asthma can be managed with a comprehensive asthma management plan that includes monitoring, medication adherence and education.”

A four-year study completed in 2010 showed significant decreases in emergency department visits, inpatient admissions and missed school days due to asthma for the CalOptima’s members in the Breathmobile program. A subsequent study nearing completion indicates similar outcomes. The CHOC Breathmobile delivers preventative asthma specialty care, diagnosis, education and treatment to children of all ages through bilingual staff.

“Fewer visits to the emergency department improve the quality of life for children with asthma,” said Stanley Galant, M.D., a pediatric allergist at CHOC and medical director of the CHOC Breathmobile. “A child with well-managed asthma can participate better in school and be more active.”

About CalOptima A county organized health system, CalOptima provides publicly funded health plans coverage for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities in Orange County, Calif. CalOptima’s mission is to provide members with access to quality health care services delivered in a cost-effective and compassionate manner. One in seven Orange County residents is a CalOptima member through Medi-Cal, Healthy Families Program or OneCare (a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan). The dedication of more than 500 staff to ensure our members have quality care earned CalOptima’s Medi-Cal plan National Committee for Quality Assurance “commendable” accreditation. In total, CalOptima serves more than 416,000 members with a network of more than 6,000 primary care doctors and specialists, as well as 27 hospitals.

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:
Andrea Woodhouse, Public Relations Specialist
phone: (714) 509-4183
email: awoodhouse@choc.org

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