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January 12, 2007

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian of Newport Beach and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) are joining forces to enhance and expand pediatric care and services in the coastal Orange County area. Through a formal affiliation agreement with CHOC, Hoag will expand its pediatric outpatient services, and in addition, will create an expedited system of evaluation and transfer of children and infants with critical illnesses and special needs to the specialty children’s hospital.

“This new affiliation between our two medical centers greatly enhances the excellent care Hoag Hospital and its pediatricians have been providing to children in our community,” says Hoag Hospital President and CEO Richard Afable, MD. “Children and their families will benefit greatly from these additional services. They will have more convenient and consistent access to the excellent specialized care that was previously only available by traveling to the CHOC campus in Orange.”

The Hoag-CHOC affiliation will significantly benefit pediatric patients in need of emergency care. Using robotic telemedicine technology, critical care specialists stationed remotely at CHOC will be available to assist Hoag Emergency Medicine physicians in the evaluation and care of pediatric patients in the Hoag Emergency Care Unit (ECU). This remarkable enhancement to care will be available 24 hours a day to children seen in the Hoag ECU.

Emergency transport services between Hoag Hospital and CHOC will also be improved. A geographically dedicated transport team from CHOC, consisting of a physician, nurse and respiratory therapist, will be readily available to transport pediatric patients via ambulance when a child’s complexity of care or severity of illness requires admission at CHOC.

Through this new affiliation with CHOC, Hoag neonatal care services will be expanded. Pediatric Subspecialty Faculty (CHOC PSF), a nationally recognized specialty physician group affiliated with CHOC, will staff and provide medical management to Hoag’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, enhancing clinical capabilities in support of Hoag’s growing obstetrical and perinatal programs.

Additionally, CHOC will establish pediatric specialty clinics at Hoag Health Center-Newport Beach, a soon-to-be-developed outpatient facility near the Hoag Hospital campus. Offering specialty physician services in Newport Beach will add convenience and reduce wait times for pediatric patients in need of specialized outpatient care. UrgiKids, an after-hours urgent care service for children currently based in Costa Mesa, will also relocate to Hoag Health Center-Newport Beach, completing the expanding pediatric services that will be available at Hoag.

“We are delighted that our long-standing relationship with Hoag has resulted in this new, formal affiliation,” says CHOC President and CEO Kimberly C. Cripe. “It’s important that families in the coastal community receive excellent pediatric medical care by top specialists, and CHOC is proud to partner with Hoag to provide these much-needed pediatric services.”

About Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian: Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (www.hoaghospital.org) is a 511-bed, not-for-profit, acute care hospital located in Newport Beach, Calif. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Hoag offers a comprehensive mix of health care services, including Centers of Excellence in cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, orthopedics and women’s health services. A recent study released by HealthGrades placed Hoag among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation and a recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. National Research Corporation has endorsed Hoag as Orange County’s most preferred hospital for the past 10 consecutive years. And for an unprecedented 11 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as the county’s best hospital in a local newspaper survey.

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.


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


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