Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC Hospital, Orange

We understand it can be scary when your child has a medical emergency, and you might not be sure where to go. The Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC Hospital in Orange is dedicated to helping kids in Orange County.

Children are not tiny adults and have very specific healthcare needs. From the equipment to the physicians to the child life specialists, our pediatric emergency department is designed to meet the needs of children of all ages.

Please call 911 immediately if your child needs immediate medical attention and you cannot safely transport your child to the hospital.


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CHOC doctors, who are board-certified in emergency medicine, and specially trained nurses provide the very best patient- and family-centered care 24 hours, seven days a week. Meet the team.

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Our 22,000-square-foot, full-service emergency department is designed to meet the unique needs of children.

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The emergency department features 35 treatment rooms, including 14 rapid evaluation and discharge exam rooms and three triage suites.

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The only trauma center in Orange County dedicated to kids.

We have the pediatric expertise only a children’s hospital can provide. Our trauma team is trained to care for children and their unique physiological, anatomical and emotional needs. The trauma center’s protocols and equipment are specially designed for pediatrics. As one of four trauma centers in Orange County—and the only one dedicated exclusively for kids—CHOC is ready to treat traumatic injuries 24 hours a day.

Child Life

When children arrive at the hospital, they are often crying, nervous or anxious. Often times, children fear what will happen once they are being treated.

What is child life?

The child life specialists help make the hospital experience less stressful and frightening. Their role is to make kids feel comfortable using special play techniques. Child life is a very important part of what makes CHOC one of the most unique hospital experiences.

How can they help my child?

Child life specialists also help patients understand how the medical team administers a care plan or treatment with special teaching tools. To help patients understand and prepare for their care, child life specialists use books, practice dolls, pictures and play medical equipment. During procedures, children can watch a movie on a tablet, play a game or engage in other fun activities.

Child life specialist blowing bubbles for young patient in hospital

Child life specialist plaing with smiling young boy in the playroom


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Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC Hospital

Building: Holmes Tower | 1201 W. La Veta Ave | Orange, CA 92868 | 714-509-9095