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Change CHOC, Change the World Campaign Newsletter
CHOC Children’s Launches Campaign to Fulfill Destiny of the Hospital

A Towering New Future for Children’s Health Care in Orange County
Building hope and peace of mind for children and families

Freestanding children’s hospitals are relatively rare in the United States: There are less than 50 of them nationwide. What makes them unique is their ability to apply emerging science, early clinical advances, and the passion of their workers to the immediate care of children— and solely dedicated to children. Without them, primary care doctors would not have places to refer patients that require intensive or specialized treatment.

Children need to be surrounded by highly trained, compassionate staff and attended to with specialized knowledge, equipment, and care —all of which combine to make children’s hospitals indispensable to all infants, children, and adolescents needing health care.

Children need to be surrounded by highly trained, compassionate staff and attended to with specialized knowledge, equipment, and care —all of which combine to make children’s hospitals indispensable to all infants, children, and adolescents needing health care.

The more advanced medicine CHOC Children’s practices, the more patients it attracts—and the more space it needs to provide quality care. The fi rst initiative in the Change CHOC, Change the World campaign is to build a new tower that will enhance specialized care now while allowing for future growth. The tower is the keystone for CHOC to offer the scope, breadth, and depth of services required to help it perform as a top, world-class children’s hospital.

The CHOC Children’s tower will bring over 100 additional beds to the hospital by 2020, as well as pediatric surgical suites, a state-of-theart emergency department, an advanced radiology facility, and a pathology lab. Beyond more beds and critical services, the new tower will be a place where sick kids and families will fi nd serenity and hope for healing from people who understand their unique needs. The welcoming, open and airy design will create an environment that projects a sense of comfort and playfulness while engaging children’s curiosity and dispelling their fear of being in a hospital. Public spaces on the second fl oor will offer a dining facility, a preteen and teen room, a family resource center and a meditation area.

The tower is the keystone for CHOC to offer the scope, breadth, and depth of services required to help it perform as a top, world-class children’s hospital.”The tower is the keystone for CHOC to offer the scope, breadth, and depth of services required to help it perform as a top, world-class children’s hospital.

The total project cost is over $500 million, funded with operations income, new debt, public funding, and philanthropy. But what the new tower really does is put CHOC in charge of its own core services after four decades of sharing them with St. Joseph Hospital—making CHOC a true, freestanding children’s hospital.

Founded in 1964, CHOC was made possible by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and St. Joseph Hospital, which generously added a children’s wing to its hospital and leased it back to CHOC. To this day, CHOC still shares St. Joseph’s radiology, laboratory, surgical suites, and emergency department. The arrangement, while benefi cial, constrains CHOC’s ability to create its own future. Why? Premier children’s hospitals nationwide must control their own core services to attract top subspecialty doctors and pursue greatness.

Since elite pediatric doctors are in short supply —and competition is fi erce among children’s hospitals—to even get on a top candidate’s “short list,” the hospital infrastructure, research environment, and workforce support systems must be on par with the country’s fi nest children’s hospitals. And for CHOC to make the leap to sustainable status as a world-class institution, it needs to attract elite subspecialty doctors. The new tower is a crucial step in the right direction— fi lling the gaps in CHOC’s capabilities and giving it ample room to grow.

The tower symbolizes a new future for children’s health care in Orange County. The facility has all the attributes to attract and retain the best and brightest in medicine and make Orange County one of the safest and healthiest places for children—a place where families and children will fi nd peace and hope for healing.

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