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November 21, 2008

Children’s Hospital of Orange County, UC Irvine Healthcare and UC Irvine School of Medicine will form a strategic affiliation to better serve children and families. 

Approved Thursday, November 20, by the Regents of the University of California, this affiliation will create a pediatrics center that integrates high-quality, comprehensive patient care; leading-edge research; and excellent teaching programs. The CHOC Children’s Board of Directors and Pediatric Subspecialty Faculty, a medical pediatric specialty physician group, previously approved the affiliation.

“Orange County’s children and families will see far-reaching benefits as the region’s top pediatric care institutions create a world-class children’s academic health center,” said Dr. David Bailey, UCI’s vice chancellor for health affairs. “The volume and variety of patients available as a result of this affiliation will strengthen UCI’s research and its education of future pediatricians and specialists.” 

CHOC will provide inpatient and outpatient specialty care to patients. UC Irvine Medical Center will continue to provide pediatric emergency services, burn care, trauma services requiring immediate surgery, neonatal intensive care, newborn nursery care, and child and adolescent psychiatry. 

“With this affiliation, CHOC and UC Irvine are transforming the way pediatric care is delivered in Orange County, enhancing and combining premier services to increase access to the best treatment for our community’s children,” said Kim Cripe, CHOC’s President and CEO. “In an effort that has already yielded success, we will collaborate on recruiting the nation’s best and brightest pediatric specialists, while retaining the leading experts already on staff at both institutions for the continued care of our children.” 

The affiliation will make more pediatric beds available and will provide greater access to pediatric and neonatal intensive care services. CHOC has added 30 new beds since October 2007 and will add six more in March. In April, CHOC opened the Dhont Family Outpatient Infusion Center, making it possible for patients to receive infusions and procedures on an outpatient basis. CHOC’s renovated and expanded Ambulatory Care Center opened in June with the capacity to handle more than 130,000 patient visits annually. UCI will expand its neonatal intensive care unit by 16 beds when it moves into its new University Hospital early in 2009. Clinical care for children in UCI trauma units will continue to be provided by UCI pediatric nurses and physicians.

CHOC and UC Irvine Healthcare will retain their individual institutional identities; the strategic alliance is not a merger. The affiliation will be effective Jan. 1, 2009. 

About UC Irvine Medical Center: UC Irvine Medical Center is Orange County’s only university research hospital, Level I trauma center, American College of Surgeons-verified regional burn center and National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. It offers acute- and general-care service and opens its 482,000-square-foot new University Hospital in early 2009.

In 2008, the medical center was included for the eighth consecutive year in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals report and was selected by the Leapfrog Group for its Top Hospitals 2008 list. Also this year, the medical center’s commitment to nursing excellence earned it a second designation as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The medical center was the first Orange County hospital to receive Magnet designation in 2003.

About the University of California, Irvine: The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 2,000 faculty members. The third-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.6 billion. For more UCI news, visit www.today.uci.edu.

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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