Children's Hospital of Orange County

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Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
Children's Hospital of Orange County Logo.png
LocationOrange, California, United States
Affiliated universityUniversity of California, Irvine
ListsHospitals in the United States

Children's Hospital of Orange County, also known by its acronym CHOC or Children's Hospital OC and branded as CHOC Children's, is a children's hospital located in Orange County, California.

Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, the regional pediatric healthcare network includes a 316-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo. CHOC also offers many primary and specialty care clinics, over 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four "centers of excellence" - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopaedic Institutes.


CHOC officially traces its founding to local entrepreneurs Walt Disney and Walter Knott, the founders of Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, respectively.[1]


Named one of the best children’s hospitals in eight specialties by U.S. News & World Report,[2] CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence,[3] the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation,[4] the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.

Emergency Care[edit]

CHOC opened the first pediatric only emergency department in Orange County with the opening of the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department on March 26,[5] 2013. Funded by a five million dollar donation by Julia and George Argyros, the 22,000 square foot emergency department features 31 treatment rooms, including 14 rapid evaluation and discharge exam rooms and three triage suites. The emergency department is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The emergency department also features x-ray imaging and bedside blood draws. MRI and CT scans, as well as surgery, are located steps away from the emergency department in the main hospital.[6] In 2017, the ED was the recipient of the Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association for exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy, and research[7].

New Patient Care Tower[edit]

CHOC has built a new state-of-the-art patient care tower (South Tower) named the Bill Holmes Tower.

The new CHOC Children’s Hospital continues to provide and expand innovative tertiary and quaternary pediatric care. The seven-story tower adds 425,524 square feet of space and includes a new and advanced pediatric emergency department, operating rooms and related services, laboratory, pathology, imaging and radiology services. The tower also features private rooms and enhanced family amenities.[8]


  1. ^ "Fifty Years of Caring".
  2. ^ "CHOC Children's Hospital : Nationally Ranked in 6 Children's Specialties". Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Press Room". Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2012-10-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "CHOC Children's Emergency Department Opens, Serves Orange County's Youngest Patients".
  6. ^ "The Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department".
  7. ^ "Lantern Award Recipients". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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Coordinates: 33°46′53″N 117°51′55″W / 33.78139°N 117.86528°W / 33.78139; -117.86528