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KAISER PERMANENTE’S GIFT TO CHOC SUPPORTS MOBILE ASTHMA SERVICES FOR INNER-CITY KIDS
July 30, 2007

Kaiser Permanente has made a matching gift of $7,500 to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in support of the CHOC Breathmobile, a mobile asthma clinic that serves inner-city school children. This matching grant will fund for one year the position of Promotora - a CHOC Breathmobile team member who visits asthmatic children and their parents at their homes to educate them on reducing asthma triggers found in the home environment. This gift follows Kaiser Permanente’s $75,000 gift in 2002, which helped launch the mobile asthma clinic.

“We are grateful for Kaiser Permanente’s dedication and support of pediatric asthma prevention and care,” said Tanya Lieber, Executive Vice President, CHOC Foundation. “This gift will strengthen an important aspect of asthma care, that of education in the home.”

"Kaiser Permanente is pleased to continue our support of the Breathmobile in Orange County," stated Dr. Richard Roth, Chief of Allergy for Kaiser Permanente in Orange County. "Living with asthma can be a debilitating, life-threatening illness often triggered by common things in the home environment. With mobile medical treatment and professional home visits to identify triggers, the Breathmobile program will continue to ensure that more asthmatic children are able to lead healthy and active lives."

About 20 percent of Orange County children have asthma, according to child health experts. The chronic illness is responsible for high rates of school absenteeism and hospital emergency room usage. The Breathmobile was developed to bring effective asthma services directly to low-income communities where an estimated 25 percent of children have asthma. As a result of receiving care through the Breathmobile program, children with asthma experience significant improvement and stability in their condition, as reflected by sharp drops in school absenteeism, use of the ER and hospitalizations due to asthma.

A valuable aspect of the program is the home visit by the Promotora. The Promotora advises families how to reduce asthma triggers in the home, and reinforces important Asthma Action Plan information received from the medical visit. Program data suggests that children who receive a home visit are 10 times more likely to remain in the Breathmobile program benefiting from preventive care, education and treatment than those who do not receive a home visit. As a result, these children experience greater improvement in their asthma status, their ability to reach asthma control and a significant reduction in emergency department visits, hospitalizations and school absenteeism.

For information about the CHOC Breathmobile, call (714) 532-7573.

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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.

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

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