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CHOC Turns The Big 4-0

In 1964, Orange County was experiencing a phenomenal period of growth and prosperity. The University of California at Irvine had just been dedicated. All over the county, orange groves were disappearing as quickly as developers could replace them with new homes, roads, shopping centers and industry. And on October 5, 12-year-old Kendall “Ken” Spicer became the first official CHOC patient, one of four children admitted that day. Within two months, the hospital was already at capacity.

In many ways, CHOC has grown up with Orange County. The original two-story hospital building has been replaced by a hospital complex that takes up most of a city block in Orange, plus a second pediatric facility in Mission Viejo. Our physicians offer virtually every pediatric specialty there is, including cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, endocrinology, genetics, infectious diseases, kidney disorders, metabolic disorders, neonatology and neurology.

For 40 years, CHOC has raised the standard of pediatric care for Orange County’s children, and in many cases set new ones. Today, CHOC is the only Orange County facility performing pediatric open heart surgery and bone marrow transplantation. The CHOC residency program trains the pediatricians of tomorrow, and The CHOC Research Institute makes sure patients have access to the most advanced treatment options.

Celebrating CHOC Highlights
Here are some highlights from our many “firsts” over the years:
1964 — CHOC becomes Orange County’s first hospital dedicated solely for children.

1972 — Neonatal Transport Team is established. By 1981, CHOC is transporting more critically ill infants and children than any other hospital in California.

1975 — Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opens, providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and monitoring equipment for critically ill newborns and children.

1982 — Pediatric Cancer Research Lab opens, providing an onsite facility for critically needed cancer research.

1986 — Orange County’s first bone marrow transplant is performed at CHOC

1992 — CHOC receives approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for an independent residency program.

1993 — CHOC at Mission opens on the fifth floor of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

1993 — Clinical CHOC Para Niños opens in a Santa Ana neighborhood.

1993 — Healthy Tomorrows begins providing mobile medical services to uninsured children at Santa Ana elementary schools.

1996 — CHOC opens Orange County’s first emergency room for children.

1999 — The CHOC Cord Blood Bank and Research Center opens.

2000 — CHOC opens a pediatric clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, the nation’s first free-standing, full-service pediatric clinic in a Boys and Girl’s Club.

2002 — CHILD Magazine ranks CHOC as one of America’s best children’s hospitals, the only hospital in California to make the magazine’s Top 25 list.

2003 — In partnership with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, CHOC opens The Epilepsy Center, the first program of its kind in Orange County.

Committed To Caring For Orange County’s Kids
In medicine, an ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure. But what if language or transportation issues prevent a child from receiving high-quality medical care? CHOC continues finding innovative ways to overcome those barriers and improve access to primary and specialty medical care.

Since 1993, Healthy Tomorrows has provided mobile medical services to elementary school-age children in Santa Ana. A collaborative program between CHOC, the Santa Ana School District and the Orange County Department of Social Services, this program now serves 35 elementary schools in districts throughout central and north Orange County, including Newport Mesa Unified School District, Anaheim City School District and Tustin Unified School District. Currently, three Healthy Tomorrows vans provide primary care, and a fourth is equipped for specialty pediatric services.

In 2003, the CHOC Breathmobile took to the streets to identify, treat and manage asthma in school-age children. This program was designed to improve quality of life for asthmatic children in medically underserved areas and to help them avoid scary trips to local hospital emergency rooms.

Since opening day, CHOC has provided outpatient clinic services on hospital premises. In 1993, CHOC took outpatient medical care into the community by opening Clinica CHOC Para Niños in a Santa Ana neighborhood. Buoyed by that success, CHOC made history when it opened a second clinic, this time at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana. It was the nation’s first free-standing, full-service pediatric clinic at a Boys & Girls Club. In 2005, CHOC will open a similar clinic in Garden Grove, in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove and Healthy Smiles, which provides primary dental care. A fifth CHOC clinic is planned for Costa Mesa.

These culturally sensitive programs are staffed with bilingual healthcare professionals from CHOC, including board-certified pediatricians and registered nurses. In addition to medical services, these mobile vans and neighborhood clinics dispense immunizations, school physicals, well-child care, education, and prevention tips. All combined, these services provide 80,000 primary care visits and 44,000 specialty care visits every year.

“CHOC is committed to ensuring that the children of our community have access to quality pediatric health care,” says Kathy Kolodge, executive director of CHOC Ambulatory Care “Part of our mission is to provide access to a medical home for children who are uninsured and underserved. We want parents to know where to get quality health care on a regular basis, rather than to start looking at the time of an illness.”


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