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GRATEFUL FAMILY MAKES A MARK WITH $1.5 MILLION DONATION TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY
April 18, 2007

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is pleased to announce it has received a pledge of $1.5 million - one of the largest gifts received in the hospital's history, to name the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) scheduled to open on the hospital's 6th floor this Fall. The unit will be named in honor of the donor, Josie Y.S. Lee, the grateful grandmother of a former CHOC patient Kelly Tarantello, who spent a significant amount of time in CHOC's PICU as an infant.

Tarantello, who is currently a college student, received critical care at CHOC for a heart defect when she was a newborn and again when she was a year old. Her mother, Delphine Lee, credits CHOC critical care physician Paul Lubinsky, MD, and his unrelenting dedication with saving her daughter's life. When Delphine and her mother went on a recent tour of the hospital with Anthony Chang. MD, medical director of the CHOC Heart Institute, Josie decided to make a legacy gift that will help CHOC care for even more critically ill children.

This is not the first time a member of the Lee family has supported CHOC. Delphine and her husband, Ron Ainsworth established an emergency fund in 1997 to cover meals, transportation and other expenses of families whose children were admitted to the CHOC PICU.

Of the family's generosity, CHOC President and Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Chavalas Cripe says, "The giving history of the Lee-Ainsworth family is truly inspiring, and it humbles me to realize how much CHOC has touched the lives of one family. On behalf of the entire CHOC organization, I thank Josie, Delphine and Ron for their generous support of and dedication to the health and well-being of children."

When completed this Fall, CHOC's state-of-the-art, 30-bed Pediatric/Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit will rival the best in the world and increase CHOC's capacity to care for Orange County's most critically ill children. The unit will feature a family-centered environment that encourages interaction between parents and caregivers. The sixth floor family zone will include a bright, airy waiting area with comfortable furnishings and a respite lounge, designed to provide rest and refreshments to parents. Amenities also include private sleep alcoves, a kitchenette, shower facilities, Internet access and a family consultation room - all just steps away from patient rooms, physicians and staff.

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

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