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December 03, 2012

CHOC Children’s is pleased to announce that its state-of-the-art clinical laboratory successfully passed the State of California survey for Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA) certification and licensure. 

The survey involved a rigorous review of policies, procedures, staff competencies and equipment validation. 

CHOC’s 22,000-square-foot clinical laboratory is located in the new South Tower, set to open in Spring 2013.  When it opens, the lab will offer numerous specialized tests designed to address a wide array of pediatric diseases.  In addition, the lab team, including skilled phlebotomists with experience working with children, is dedicated to offering pediatric patients with the most pleasant experience possible, even when it comes to having blood drawn.  Special techniques designed to reduce anxieties and fears will be deployed in a compassionate, child-focused environment.

Already the regional leader in pediatric care, CHOC has built one of the most advanced, safest children’s hospitals in the world, which is set to open in Spring 2013.  Within the hospital’s innovative and healing space, teams of clinicians will employ cutting-edge science and technology to improve care and outcomes for children, making their futures brighter than ever.

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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