September 18, 2012
From The Orange County Register
Published: September 17, 2012
By Lynn Selich - People Watch for The Orange County Register
On September 5, 2012 at CHOC Children's Hospital of Orange County, the Argyros family, Julia, George and daughter Stephanie, presented a $5 million check to CHOC Children's for the first and only Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) in Orange County. The building will be named the "Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department" and is part of CHOC's new South Tower which is slated to open in April 2013 along with the ED.
The 22,000-square-foot Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department is designed to meet the unique needs of children. It features 31 treatment rooms, including 14 rapid medical exam rooms, and three triage suites.
The Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department is part of CHOC's new, 425,000-square-foot tower, which will also house advanced operating rooms, laboratory, pathology and imaging services – each with a dedicated pediatric environment and staff. The seven-story building, with leading design and safety principles, includes enhanced patient and families amenities to create a serene, healing environment for children.
"We are extremely grateful for the long-standing support of the Argyros family, and are thrilled by this most recent contribution which will help us achieve our vision and transform pediatric care," said Kim Cripe, president and CEO of CHOC Children's during the check presentation.
"Julia and George's $5 million donation is an amazing gift to the children and families in Orange County who will now have access to a world-class pediatric emergency department."
In addition to their $5 million gift, the Argyros family helped launch the hospital's comprehensive fundraising campaign, "Change CHOC, Change the World," with a leadership gift of $1 million in 2009 to name the surgery center reception area in CHOC's new tower. In recognition of that gift and in honor of Julia and George's daughter, the area is named "The Stephanie A. Argyros Reception."
"We are grateful to Julia and George Argyros for this transformational investment in pediatric healthcare. This timeless gift will create a lasting legacy for generations to come at CHOC," said Graig Eastin, vice president of the CHOC Children's Foundation.
The Argyros' have generously sponsored two signature hospital fundraising events, the CHOC Cherishes Children Gala and the CHOC Follies, for which Julia has also donated her time and talent as a cast member. Stephanie Argyros joined the CHOC Children's Foundation Board of Directors last year.
With the Argyros' $5 million gift, CHOC Children's has raised a little more than $120 million in their "Change CHOC, Change the World" campaign.
Contact the writer: Lynn@OCSocialScene.com