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A Message from Administration
CHOC Reaches Record Census

This past January and February, CHOC reached overwhelming census numbers, with capacity issues comparable to nothing we had ever experienced. The tremendous amount of admits during these busy months impacted our physicians individually, and I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to each of you for your understanding and support throughout such a busy, stressful period.

As our numbers soared to incredible heights, we worked with the Department of Health Services (DHS) to receive time-limited waivers for our most extreme capacity periods. CHOC was granted the ability to admit in-patients to the Short Stay Unit for a 72-hour period, and to admit acute-care patients to the OICU, with acute care staffing ratios, for a 72-hour period. These waivers allowed us to continue treating our growing numbers of patients, and prevented us from needing to close beds due to capacity or staff ratio issues.

On a permanent basis, Admitting RN Sheila Paris now handles patient placement, playing a critical role in ensuring timely and efficient bed delegation. She works closely with our in-house physicians to prioritize and triage patients. Due to the overwhelming success of this role, and to facilitate efficient patient placement, hours are being expanded to 12 per day, seven days per week.

We are also excited about the new CHOC Easy Admit Program, which provides referring physicians with a "one call" access admitting system. By calling Bed Control at 714-532-8400, CHOC will handle coordination of physician-to-physician consults, initiate insurance verification, facilitate timely assignment of patient rooms and provide written notification of patient admitting. Physician Relations will be mailing detailed information on the Easy Admit program in early June to all referring physicians.

Again I would like to thank you for your tremendous patience and support in the midst of our busiest season yet. Your continued dedication to the children we serve is a vital asset as we strive toward our vision of becoming a nationally recognized premier children's hospital.

Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or comments at 714-532-7506.


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