Thank You, Community Physicians!

Frank_Kellogg_CHOCCommunity physicians play an integral role in CHOC Children’s mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well being of children. These important people are the doctors who work in the community and send patients to CHOC when specialized care or hospitalization is needed.

In my 50 years hanging around CHOC, I’m lucky to have met many awesome community docs. I wanted to introduce you today to to one who was a familiar face at CHOC when I first visited in 1964: Dr. Frank Kellogg.

An early role at CHOC

He may have officially retired in 2013, but Dr. Kellogg is still a practicing pediatrician. He works one day a week at Strong Families Medical Group in Anaheim, where he cares for an underserved medical population. It is the latest stage of a long medical career marked by service.

Dr. Kellogg was an original member of CHOC’s medical staff and served on the hospital’s executive committee and board of directors. Since that time, he has seen a complete shift in the way hospitals care for their youngest patients.

When he was an intern, parents could only visit one afternoon a week. After they left, there would be complete pandemonium because the children knew their parents wouldn’t be back for a week.

“They sobbed all night long,” Dr. Kellogg said. “Child life? It didn’t exist because it wasn’t seen as important.”

And today, Dr. Kellogg marvels at the highly sophisticated patient care that CHOC provides, especially the 24-hour access to expert pediatric specialists.

50 years of changes

At the beginning of his career, pediatricians sat with seriously ill patients in the middle of the night to start and restart IVs. To this day, Dr. Kellogg still gets a little nervous if he sees a low IV bottle.

“CHOC Children’s is really quite something,” he said. “Whoever thought we’d have a place like this.”

Dr. Kellogg graduated from Anaheim High School on D-Day. Two days later, he and the rest of the boys from his senior class reported for active duty.

The U.S. Navy sent him to begin pre-medical training at UCLA, which he finished in two years. Next, he went to Stanford Medical School, followed by an internship at San Francisco City and County Hospital. The Korean War interrupted his pediatric training for two years, while he served as a physician on the aircraft carrier USS Antietam.

After returning, Dr. Kellogg completed his residency at Stanford. In 1955, he became the first chief resident of pediatrics at the new UCLA Medical Center. And in 1956, Dr. Kellogg returned to Orange County to open a private practice in Garden Grove.

Thank you to Dr. Kellogg and all other community physicians for your years of service to Orange County’s children!

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Inside CHOC’s 1993 Time Capsule

If you thought CHOC Children’s first time capsule was a hoot, wait to you see the second one. That’s right! CHOC has made two time capsules in its near 50-year history!

Following the completion of construction surrounding what is now known as the hospital’s North Tower in 1993, CHOC staff filled a large tubular trove with memorabilia that would one day provide future generations with a snapshot into the hospital’s history and a flavor of the 1990s.

The capsule was placed in an area that is now near the hospital’s emergency department, and was recently unearthed during construction of the Bill Holmes Tower.

The items included printed materials like brochures and pamphlets, lots of pictures, news clips and video tapes. Also, as part of the project, patients at the time got to select items that they wanted included in the time capsule.

Check out a gallery of some of the items found inside CHOC’s second time capsule.








Thank You Pet Therapy Dogs — and Their Owners!

CHOC_Pet_TherapyYou might find this hard to believe, but I’m not the only friendly, fur-covered creature roaming the halls at CHOC Children’s.

That’s right: The hospital is home to more than 40 pet therapy dogs.

This has been a big development since I first visited CHOC in 1964. These caring canines – and their obliging owners – dedicate their time to help bring smiles to patients and their families, with the hopes of relieving stress, normalizing the hospital experience, and providing distraction, conversation and encouragement.

Specially certified, each dog is escorted throughout the hospital with its handler. They frequently visit CHOC’s Tidwell Procedure Center, clinics, Outpatient Infusion Center and the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department.

Each dog has a trading card with their picture and pertinent information like whether they prefer tennis balls or Frisbees. Patients love collecting cards and I love watching children and their families interact with these delightful dogs.

It’s a sure bet that the dogs will bring happiness to children who are in stressful situations. And I love seeing them too – they just seem to get me, you know?

Thank you, pet therapy dogs and their owners, for helping to make hospital visits brighter for CHOC patients and families!

Laboratory Services: Then and Now

Fifty years later, I still remember getting that poke when I had blood drawn at CHOC Children’s after falling from myCHOC_Lab_Services favorite tree!

Luckily, the experience now is much better, more pleasant and faster for CHOC patients than it was in 1964.

CHOC’s Laboratory Services is one of the only dedicated pediatric labs in Southern California, staffed by the most compassionate phlebotomists.

Not only are they skilled in drawing blood, but they also understand child – and bear – behavior, and know just what to do to make the experience better.

Magic tricks, cartoons and local anesthetics are among the tools used at CHOC to help make drawing blood easier on children – and their parents. At CHOC, the goal is one visit, one poke for each patient seen in Laboratory Services.

And once blood is drawn, CHOC prides itself on speedy processing times, thanks to expert staff and the latest technology and equipment inside the 20,000-square-foot lab. Physicians connected to the facility’s computer network can often get routine results within 60 minutes.


CHOC Children’s Laboratory Services is one of the only dedicated pediatric labs in Southern California. The 20,000 square foot lab is dedicated to offering the most compassionate blood draw experience possible while providing physicians with quick, accurate results and around-the-clock service for our inpatients and children visiting the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department.


Inside CHOC’s 1964 Time Capsule

Did you know that CHOC Children’s staff created a time capsule before the hospital opened?

Memorabilia from the hospital’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 22, 1964 was collected for future viewing. Those items, along with some materials commemorating CHOC’s opening day about a week later were placed in a tin box and set into a cornerstone of adjacent St. Joseph Hospital almost 50 years ago.

Eventually, the treasure trove was unearthed. Its contents provide a glimpse into CHOC’s early days, and are displayed today inside the hospital for posterity. Here’s a look at some of the items: