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AFTER-HOUR PEDIATRIC URGENT CARE COMES TO NEWPORT-MESA
January 05, 2004

Families in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach now have a place to turn for medical help when their children's physician offices are closed. UrgiKids, the only pediatric, after-hour, urgent care clinic in the Newport-Mesa area, opened Saturday, January 3, 2004. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. UrgiKids is located in the Hoag Health Center, 1190 Baker Street, Suite 100, in Costa Mesa. The phone number is (714) 668-2540.

Staffed by pediatricians and nurse practitioners, UrgiKids treats children, ages newborn to 18, for a variety of illnesses including high fevers, asthma and other respiratory problems, sinusitis, ear infection, pneumonia, as well as a host of other illnesses and discomforts that can strike after hours and on weekends. Traumatic injuries should be directed to the nearest emergency room.

"We're delighted to open a quality, pediatric-only, after-hour urgent care clinic that provides much needed care, comfort and peace of mind to local families," says Dr. Andrew Blumberg, medical director. "Most of the area's pediatricians will be referring their patients who can't wait until the morning to get this convenient service."

In addition to working closely with local pediatricians, UrgiKids is connected to the area's only pediatric specialty hospitals – Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange and CHOC at Mission in Mission Viejo, and Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. For additional support for families, CHOC offers an automated Parent Advice Line at (714) 289-4500 for immediate health information. Online, pediatric health information can be found on the CHOC website at www.choc.org.

"As a dedicated pediatric hospital, CHOC understands the value of quality, after-hour care provided by physicians specializing in the unique needs of children," says Teresa Conk, vice president of business development for CHOC. "We are glad to offer our expertise and support in continuing to meet the healthcare needs of our community’s children."

For more information on UrgiKids services, the public should call (714) 668-2540.

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:
Emily Comstock, Public Relations Specialist
phone: (714) 532-8812
email: ecomstock@choc.org

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