Designed to meet the unique needs of children in a safe and serene environment, the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC Children’s is the first in Orange County exclusively dedicated to the treatment and healing of children of all ages—from the tiniest newborns to adolescents.
The new emergency department, located on the ground floor of the Bill Holmes Tower, is named in honor of CHOC Children’s supporters Julia and George Argyros for their generous gift of $5 million. The 22,000-square-foot emergency department features 31 exam rooms, including 14 rapid evaluation and treatment rooms, and three triage suites.
In addition to their gift for the new emergency department, the Argyros family helped launch CHOC’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Change CHOC, Change the World,” with a leadership gift of $1 million in 2009. In recognition of that gift and in honor of Julia and George’s daughter, the surgery center reception area in CHOC’s new tower is named “The Stephanie A. Argyros Reception.”
The emergency department at CHOC Children’s is staffed with doctors who are board-certified in emergency medicine and specially trained nurses who provide the very best patient and family-centered care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The emergency department is close to advanced operating rooms, laboratory, pathology and imaging services—each with a dedicated pediatric environment and staff. From the equipment to the facilities to the décor, the emergency department is designed to meet the needs of children.
Each exam room is spacious enough to accommodate strollers and other children who often accompany their siblings on emergency visits to the hospital.
Child life specialists work with patients to help them feel safe and secure and make the process a lot less stressful for the entire family.
In addition to providing families the room and service they need, the emergency department provides many of the services patients may need without having to leave the unit. Most blood draws and tests can be done at the patient’s bedside, and X-ray equipment also is available in the unit.
In all respects, the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department represents the future of medicine today— a world-class pediatric emergency department that will benefit the children of Orange County and their families for years to come.