August 14, 2006
The Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Breathmobile®, a fully equipped mobile asthma treatment unit, was awarded a $500,000 grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The CHOC Breathmobile® will use the money to expand asthma treatment and education services in Orange County, with a goal of significantly improving the health and well-being of children with asthma.
Grant funding comes from a major air pollution settlement reached last year between the AQMD and BP West Coast Products LLP.
“Air pollution exacerbates asthma symptoms,” said Jim Silva, AQMD Board Member and Orange County Supervisor. “The Breathmobile project resulting from this air pollution settlement will directly benefit asthma sufferers in Orange County.”
The Breathmobile® model, developed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, was launched in Orange County in 2002 in partnership with CHOC and multiple community agencies. The program delivers specialty care to 20 school and community sites, bringing a comprehensive range of asthma screening, treatment and education to an average of 200 school children each month. Since 2002, more than 1,600 school-aged and preschool children have been served.
AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
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.
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680