CHOC Specialty Care Clinics Open at Hoag Health Center-Newport Beach

Children from Orange County’s coastal communities no longer need to travel to the CHOC Children’s campus in Orange for quality pediatric subspecialty care. CHOC has collaborated with Hoag Hospital to provide these specialized services much closer to home — at the new Hoag Health Center-Newport Beach!

By bringing these outpatient services to the brand-new, state-of-the-art Hoag Health Center, CHOC is expanding county-wide access to “highest-need” specialty care, including cardiology, diabetes and endocrine services, neurology and more.
CHOC Children’s Specialty Center, located at Hoag Health Center-Newport Beach, is now offering the following services in a convenient, family-centered care environment: Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology, Neurology, and Pulmonology. Radiology and laboratory services are also conveniently located onsite.

CHOC Children’s Endocrine and Diabetes Center is located inside the Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Health Center-Newport Beach. The CHOC Endocrine and Diabetes Center provides leading-edge care for diabetes and endocrine disorders. The comprehensive program includes education and support services for children and their families. The Allen Diabetes Center is also working with CHOC and several local community agencies to support pediatric obesity prevention and sponsor diabetes prevention activities.

Additionally, the UrgiKids pediatric urgent care center will relocate to the CHOC Children’s Specialty Center at Hoag Health Center-Newport Beach later this year.  Currently, services are provided at Hoag Health Center-Costa Mesa.

Fore more information, please visit and go to Programs & Services.

CHOC Doc Named One of OC’s Hot 25

CHOC Children’s critical care physician Jason Knight, MD, the medical director of CHOC Emergency Services Transport Team, was named one of Orange County’s hottest personalities by OC Metro.

Dr. Knight is responsible for the sickest, most fragile of patients. He constantly works to improve the critical endeavor of bringing newborns, children and teens via ambulance or helicopter from more than 90 hospitals across multiple counties to CHOC, and even helped to develop a new code 3 triage tool, which he presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2007 National Conference and Exhibition to affect change beyond Orange County.

Part of a new generation of medical professionals, Dr. Knight helps advance technologies that will transform traditional patient care and increase access to pediatric specialty services that are in scare supply. He is an advocate for robotic telemedicine and has a personal laptop that allows him to provide consults via a remote robot wherever he is. It’s not uncommon, for example, for young patients and parents in the emergency department at Hoag Hospital to see his face on a robot at that facility, which he maneuvers from his own laptop or a laptop in the CHOC ICU.  He’s able to quickly evaluate the patient and, when required, get the child access to the pediatric specialty care available only at a children’s hospital like CHOC.

Advancing pediatric medicine and enhancing the delivery of care through traditional and non-traditional vehicles (like a futuristic robot) are just a couple of reasons Dr. Jason Knight is one of OC’s hottest personalities.

Help Spread Holiday Cheer to CHOC Children’s Patients

The spirit of the holiday season has been ignited with help from the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson, who are organizing a community toy drive to benefit CHOC Children’s. 

Anyone interested in donating new, unwrapped toys or gift cards can deliver them, from December 11 – December 23, to the Orange County Harley-Davidson dealership, located at 8677 Research Dr., in Irvine.  The dealership will provide a pancake breakfast to anyone who drops off donations on Saturday, December 12, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  For the hospital’s “wish list,” please visit and click on “Give to CHOC,” followed by “Ways to Help.”

Individuals and other groups who have donated to CHOC during the holiday season are encouraged to join efforts with the Harley Owners Group and drop off their toys at the Orange County Harley-Davidson dealership instead of the hospital, due to campus construction.  Anyone with questions about the Harley Toy Drive can email the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group at

Safety Tips to “Spook” Halloween Hazards Away

Protect your little ghosts and goblins this Halloween by following these safety tips offered by the injury prevention experts at CHOC Children’s.

  • Purchase costumes that are flame-resistant and fit securely on your child; make sure they can be seen and avoid any masks that obstruct your child’s view.
  • Never allow your young child to trick-or-treat without adult supervision.
  • While trick-or-treating, obey all traffic signs and signals, and never cross the street between cars or mid-block.  Be sure to carry a flashlight.
  • Carefully inspect your child’s stash of goodies.  Discard homemade treats and fruit, unless you know the person they came from.
  • Keep your home safe for trick-or-treaters by removing all obstacles from the entryway.

With these tips, CHOC hopes you and your little ones enjoy a safe Halloween this Saturday!

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Announcing Our 2009 CHOC Walk Chairs

Every year, two special children lead 15,000 CHOC Supporters down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim California. These remarkable children remind us of how important CHOC Children’s is to our community. It’s for the children that we walk and it’s for them that CHOC makes miracles and Disney® makes magic!

We are honored to introduce you to the 2009 CHOC Walk in the Park Kid Chairs, sisters, Lauren and Stacie! Visit the CHOC Walk website to read their story. And be sure to register for this year’s CHOC Walk in the Park by visiting See you at the walk!

Support CHOC at Project Playhouse

I am super excited that CHOC is involved with this year’s HomeAid Orange County’s Project Playhouse, premiering for the first time at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Giant Wheel Court this Saturday, August 1st from noon to 6 p.m.  That’s the day when the public will have the only opportunity to actually step inside the incredible playhouses, including “Choco’s Fantasy Farmhouse,” which is this year’s opportunity drawing playhouse.   The $1 ticket sales from the drawing will benefit CHOC and HomeAid in supporting their missions of serving children and families in the community.Orange County

My fantasy farmhouse offers children an oasis for imaginative play.  There’s plenty of space for kids to paint, draw or build whatever their creativity inspires.  They can retreat up to the cozy loft with a stack of good books or enjoy the outdoors while tending to the organic garden.

I have tons of people to thank for donating their time and services.  McCarthy Building Companies and their many subcontractors and vendors were just awesome! The playhouse was designed by WBSA (Wood, Burghard & Swain Architects) with interiors by Selleck-Zublin Interior Design and landscape architecture by Warren Tong & Co. Landscape Architects.  Special thanks to HomaAid volunteer Ryan Ghere and is wife Tiffani, who is a registered dietitian at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital.  Both Ryan and Tifanni donated countless hours of their time to support this project.  I also want to thank McCarthy Heart Hats, a volunteer community outreach group that enables McCarthy employees to dedicate time and resources to community involvement on paid workdays!

Again, don’t forget to stop by the Open House this Saturday.  The playhouses will continue to be on display until September 12th.

CHOC docs see increase in “swimmer’s ear”

With kids hitting the pools and beaches to beat the summer heat, some of our pediatricians are seeing an increase in otitis externa, or “swimmer’s ear.”  This is caused by excess water entering the ear canal resulting in redness, swelling, pain and itching.  It can also be caused by use of ear plugs, headphones inserted into the ear, harsh cleaning of the ear canal, or soaps, shampoos and bubble baths.

Parents can help prevent “swimmer’s ear” by using rubbing alcohol on a cotton applicator to gently clean their children’s ear canals following time in the water.  Use of non-prescription ear drops, which contain half-strength vinegar, can help prevent an infection.  Parents should also check chlorine levels in public pools; keep their kids away from dirty water areas;  limit their children’s time in the water; and make sure to dry their kids’ ears after time in the pool or ocean.

CHOC Patients Get Some Bear Love!

CHOC patients and I agree – we like bears! Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires hosted a caring Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience for CHOC oncology patients today. The umpires, joined by members of the Angels Strike Force, offered encouragement and Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffed animals to patients. Patients choose from a variety of pre-stuffed animals as well as clothing outfits for their new “furry friend”!

Thank you to our friends at UMPS CARE Charities for making this special event possible. The stuffed animals, especially the bears, brought many smiles to our patients today!

Founded by MLB Umpires, UMPS CARE Charities enriches the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable sports experiences, supporting pediatric medical care, and raising the awareness of foster care children waiting to be adopted. MLB Umpires have distributed more than 3,500 Build-A-Bears to children since the program began.