CHOC Children's officially opened Orange County's first fully pediatric-dedicated emergency department, leaving parents in the region with no doubts about where to seek emergency care for their children.
The Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department was specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the region's youngest patients - from newborns to young adults. It is continuously staffed by doctors who are board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine, as well as specially trained nurses.
"We are so pleased to open the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department. This addition to CHOC Children's services only furthers our efforts to provide world-class pediatric medical care in Orange County," said Dr. James Pierog, medical director of emergency medical services at CHOC. "An emergency room visit is scary for parents and children alike, but our doctors, nurses and staff know just how to treat young patients. Parents can rest assured that their children will receive top-notch medical care and attention in the county's only pediatric-specific emergency department."
The 22,000-square-foot facility has 31 treatment rooms with capacity to add more in the future. Honoring CHOC's commitment to patient- and family-centered care, the department's exam rooms are spacious and can accommodate family members and strollers. Also, family members may stay with their child continuously to help make treatment decisions.
With three triage suites, the department is structured for expedient triage, rapid diagnosis and treatment to streamline each patient's visit. Also, patients may receive many necessary services, such as blood tests and X-rays, without leaving the department. Other services are available just steps away inside The Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC.
As a first-response pediatric emergency department, the facility will receive critically ill children by ambulance. An ambulance bay can accommodate up to four emergency vehicles at once, and children can also arrive by helicopters that can land on either of CHOC's two rooftop heliports.
Previously, CHOC Children's shared an Emergency Department with nearby St. Joseph Hospital of Orange. There, physicians saw about 55,000 pediatric patients annually, and that volume is expected to immediately transfer to the new facility. In coming years, about 65,000 patients from across the county are expected to visit the department each year.
The facility is named after local philanthropists Julia and George Argyros. The Emergency Department is the latest service to open inside the 425,000-square-foot Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC.
About CHOC Children’s
Named one of the best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2012-2013), CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC's regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children's Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.