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CHOC IS SELECTED AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED RESOURCE NETWORKS NEONATAL CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE NETWORK
March 26, 2007

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) announced today that it has been designated a member of the United Resource Networks Neonatal Centers of Excellence network, reflecting national recognition of the neonatology care it provides.

“We are honored to receive this designation, which offers further evidence of the high standard of care we deliver every day,” said Kimberly Cripe, president and CEO at CHOC. “We are very pleased to have met the exacting standards required for inclusion in the nation’s leading Neonatal network.

United Resource Networks’ Neonatal Centers of Excellence networks was developed to support safe, successful and cost-effective care and treatment of patients in need of neonatal care. United Resource Networks is a business of UnitedHealth Group.

“Families of patients who require neonatal care need to know that they are being treated by the nation’s experts,” said Richard J Migliori, M.D., a former transplant surgeon who is chief executive officer of Health Solutions Group. “Our goal is to provide information and education to help individuals make informed decisions about their care. A U.R.N. Centers of Excellence network designation signals to health care professionals and individuals that Children’s Hospital of Orange County has met or exceeded our exacting criteria for excellence.”

Criteria for selecting Centers of Excellence network programs were developed in conjunction with the U.R.N. Clinical Sciences Institute. The Clinical Sciences Institute is comprised of more than 170 practicing clinicians who assist U.R.N. in a variety of capacities, including the development of criteria to quantify excellence and stratify providers of complex medical care.

“The Centers of Excellence network program evaluates and recognizes specific hospital, program and surgeon capabilities,” said Dr. Migliori. “These capabilities include quality processes, adherence to evidence-based approaches, compliance with nationally recognized guidelines published by clinical societies, and their broad capabilities in the continually evolving field of organ and tissue transplantation.”

Among the Centers of Excellence network criteria:

o Procedural volume and associated outcomes.

o Stability of the team and the ability of the back-up team to manage the program.

o Projected trends and technological advances in the specific field of medical science.

o Overall commitment to its field through the synergy of related programs within the medical center.

About United Resource Networks: United Resource Networks (www.urnweb.com)

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) 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 health care 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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