CHOC at Mission: South OC’s Best-Kept Secret

When I fell out of that tree almost 50 years ago, I was so lucky to be near CHOC’s campus in Orange. The doctors and nurses there fixed me right up, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

But my furry friends down in south Orange County don’t have to worry: CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is ready and waiting to care for young patients with any tCCMHype of ailment, arbor-related or otherwise.

I think CHOC at Mission might be south Orange County’s best-kept secret. Here are five reasons why the hospital stands out as a leader in pediatric health care in Orange County:

  • CHOC at Mission is a separately licensed, 54-bed facility located on the fifth floor of Mission Hospital that is dedicated to patients ages 18 and younger.
  • CHOC at Mission’s level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) offers the NICView system, which allows parents and families to see their newborn in the NICU from far away. How cool is that?
  • All CHOC at Mission nurses are registered nurses.
  • CHOC at Mission is a part of the trauma team at Mission Hospital, which handles critical cases, including traumatic brain injuries.
  • Ronald McDonald House has partnered with CHOC at Mission to provide the Ronald McDonald Room and sleep rooms so families can stay close to their children and feel comfortable throughout long hospitalizations.

Open since 1993, CHOC at Mission and its medical staff of more than 350 pediatric specialists treat more than 2,000 patients a year! You know, maybe I should take a trip down there. I hear there are excellent tall, climbing trees in south Orange County …

How has CHOC at Mission helped you, your family or friends? Tell me in the comments section, or let me know on social media with the hashtag #thxCHOC.

Event Raises Awareness of Kangaroo Care

Snuggling a newborn is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but did you know the practice also has lasting health and emotional benefits for parents and infants?Kangaroo

Giving a sick or preterm baby skin-to-skin contact – usually against a parent’s chest – is called “kangaroo care,” a cute name for a vitally important practice.

To raise awareness of the method, CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital recently held a week-long “Kangaroo-a-thon,” during which parents were encouraged to snuggle their babies as much as possible. The event was held in collaboration with Mission Hospital and March of Dimes, and recognized November as Prematurity Awareness Month.

Studies have shown that kangaroo care can help maintain an infant’s body temperature, contribute to higher blood oxygen levels, and improve sleep, breast-feeding and weight gain, says Liz Drake, a clinical nurse specialist at CHOC at Mission.

Further, parents develop stronger bonds with their new babies and gain parenting confidence, and mothers often show improved milk production, she added.

During the Kangaroo-a-thon, parents in both hospitals spent 4,550 minutes — about 76 hours — cuddling with their infants, Liz says.

The method has been adopted worldwide, and, of course, at all three CHOC Children’s neonatal intensive care units. CHOC experts promote skin-to-skin contact with even the most fragile little patients, including babies with extremely low birth weights and those on ventilators.

Technology and medicine have brought many advances in neonatology, but the touch of a parent remains a key tool in the care of sick and preterm babies. Kangaroo care is one more technique contributing to a supportive environment that helps premature babies mature and develop as they would in their mother’s womb.

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