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CHOC Opens First Pediatric Emergency Department in Orange County

Staff, along with Choco; Kim Cripe, president/CEO; Dr. James Pierog, medical director, Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department; and Dr. David Gibbs, president, medical staff, participate in ceremonial ribbon-cutting, marking the March 26th opening of the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department.

Staff, along with Choco; Kim Cripe, president/CEO; Dr. James Pierog, medical director, Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department; and Dr. David Gibbs, president, medical staff, participate in ceremonial ribbon-cutting, marking the March 26th opening of the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department.

CHOC just opened the first pediatric emergency room in Orange County. Before the opening of this emergency department, children would have to use the neighboring emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital. I have talked a lot about my youngest son suffering from Neutropenia throughout his life, and the opening of this new emergency department will significantly impact his medical care at CHOC.

Having a child with Neutropenia means that they do not produce any or not enough white blood cells (that help fight off infection). While most kids can just treat a fever with some Tylenol and a cold rag, children with Neutropenia have to be rushed to the emergency room the minute a fever appears. Doctors recommend this because if the fever is related to a bacterial infection, it is deadly to these children just like my son Tyler.

We have walked into the emergency room at St. Joseph’s more times than I can count, and to have an emergency room strictly dedicated to the youth in Orange County is life changing for my family and to many others in Orange County.

 (left to right) - Dr. David Gibbs, president of the medical staff, CHOC Children's; Dr. James Pierog, medical director, Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department, CHOC Children's; Assembly Member Don Wagner; Choco the bear; Kimberly Cripe, president and CEO, CHOC Children's; and Scott Peotter, field representative from the office of assembly member Allan Mansoor.

(left to right) – Dr. David Gibbs, president of the medical staff, CHOC Children’s; Dr. James Pierog, medical director, Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department, CHOC Children’s; Assembly Member Don Wagner; Choco the bear; Kimberly Cripe, president and CEO, CHOC Children’s; and Scott Peotter, field representative from the office of assembly member Allan Mansoor.

The Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department will serve newborns to young adults with the best board-certified physicians and nurses. It is a 22,000 square-foot facility with 31 treatment rooms, three triage suites, an ambulance bay that can accommodate four emergency vehicles at once and two rooftop heliports.

“We are so pleased to open the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department. This addition to CHOC Children’s services only furthers our efforts to provide world-class pediatric medical care in Orange County,” said Dr. James Pierog, medical director of emergency medical services at CHOC. “An emergency room visit is scary for parents and children alike, but our doctors, nurses and staff know just how to treat young patients. Parents can rest assured that their children will receive top-notch medical care and attention in the county’s only pediatric-specific emergency department.”

Physicians, nurses and staff from the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department  help commemorate the March 26th opening of Orange County's first pediatric-dedicated emergency department.

Physicians, nurses and staff from the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department help commemorate the March 26th opening of Orange County’s first pediatric-dedicated emergency department.

The facility is named after local philanthropists Julia and George Argyros.

Photos, facts and quotes provided on behalf of CHOC.

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