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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