What are you Thankful for this Thanksgiving?

ThanksgivingNot a day goes by that I am not grateful for CHOC Children’s, its doctors and nurses, and all my friends I’ve met there in the last 50 years.

But, as Thanksgiving approaches this week, I am feeling especially thankful that Orange County and neighboring areas have a premier children’s hospital right in their backyard. With two hospital campuses, the region’s only pediatric-dedicated emergency room, and a handful of specialty and primary clinics, CHOC Children’s is ready when you need them.

But, I am also thankful for other things. Like honey. Who’s with me? Tell me what else you’re thankful for this week. Post it in the comments section, or let me know on social media with the hashtag #thxCHOC.

And, of course, on behalf of all of my friends at CHOC, I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.

Video: The Bill Holmes Tower Rocks!

Many cool things have happened at CHOC Children’s since it opened in 1964. And if you ask me, I think the opening of the Bill Holmes Tower this year is at the top of my list.

The seven-story tower tripled the size of CHOC’s former campus in Orange, and its opening added a host of new services to CHOC’s offerings. It’s vibrant and colorful, and I bet it would look beautiful from a tall treetop. Thank you, CHOC for building it!

Have you seen inside yet? Check out this video for a special tour from the people who know and love the tower most — CHOC kids.

Radiology: Then and Now

radiology_thenandnowWhen I came to CHOC Children’s after I fell out of a tree in 1964, I had to stay still for a whole 11 minutes so that doctors could take one picture of my arm to see if it was broken.

Now, CHOC’s radiology department has advanced technology that takes images in just seconds! Even better, today’s equipment uses as little as 2 percent of the radiation that it did 50 years ago.

Also, when I had my X-ray, doctors had to wait for the picture to be developed on film. Now that X-rays make digital pictures, doctors can see what’s wrong quickly.

Imaging studies are very important in diagnosing problems in children. Some kids – and bears, too – can’t vocalize their symptoms or pain like grownups, so an X-ray or scan can give children a voice.

The doctors and nurses took great care of me when I came in with my injury 50 years ago, but it is so impressive to see how the advancements in radiology has made scans and  X-rays faster, more accurate and safer for kids.

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CHOC Children’s radiology department is the only imaging facility in Orange County just for children. It offers a wide range of imaging services using the most advanced imaging equipment available. In addition, its imaging machines are carefully calibrated to provide the highest quality images using the lowest doses of radiation possible.

Learn more about CHOC’s radiology department.