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Experience The New CHOC Tower

South Tower

For parents with critically sick children, staying in a hospital can be a very daunting experience. Fortunately CHOC hospital in Orange, CA can provide a serene and healing environment for these children. CHOC Hospital has recently undergone a $558 million dollar expansion to add a new tower named The Bill Holmes Tower. This tower is a state-of-the-art  facility  that joins the existing north tower, which includes a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Medical/Surgical Units, Neuroscience Unit, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and has primary and specialty care clinics as well as a research building.


When entering the tower, visitors will be greeted by a crisp, bright and cheery entry way with primary color bands occupying a main feature wall. Tiny multi-colored mosaic tiles showcase a sparkling waterfall which represents the diversity and harmony of nature and the community. Supporters are recognized throughout the area and families will feel at ease when they walk in, as the entry way  does not give the illusion of being in a hospital.

One of the neatest things about this tower is that all 7 levels have a different theme associated with them. Everything from the colors, to the artwork to the images on the floor.

For instance: The bottom level has an earth and fossils theme. The primary palette is  earth tones. The 1st floor is an ocean and sea life theme. The primary  palette is blue, coral, and beige. The 2nd floor has a beach, water and shells theme. The primary palette is orange blue and beige. The 3rd floor is an insects and flowers theme. The primary palette is yellow and beige. The 4th floor is reptiles and vegetation. The color palette is green and beige. The 5th floor has a birds and sky theme. the primary palette is blue and beige. The 6th floor is the solar system and planets. Primary palette is magenta and beige. and lastly the 7th floor is space, stars and constellations with the primary palette being purple and beige.hospIn the Radiology department  the conference room has a blue communication telephone that has Over-the-Phone Interpretation (OPI)  Staff can easily access medical interpreters by dialing a toll-free number and request a patient’s preferred language.

The radiology department also has the newest and most advanced state of the art MRI and CAT scan machines. Children will be able to watch movies with special goggles while undergoing a scan which helps decreases the use of anesthesia and sedation. The scans are quicker and have a lower dosage of radiation. All of the machines are digital and completely film less.

PicMonkey ColhospThe emergency department at CHOC is Orange County’s only dedicated pediatric emergency department. A registered nurse will be stationed at the check-in desk 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The are 31 treatment rooms  and the waiting room is filled with whimsical art  that encourages children and parents to engage in conversation.

Operating Room

The Robert L. Tidwell Procedure Center houses seven operating rooms. Each patient room and operating suite will be identical, helping to minimize the potential for human error because physicians, nurses and other health care personnel will already be oriented to the environment. There are many high tech surgical robots as well as an E.W.OK. (electronic wall of knowledge). Each of the rooms are electronically integrated.


There is a beautiful and Meditation and prayer center in the tower.  This quiet, sacred space will accommodate people of all faith traditions. The walls are illuminated with a blue and green glow giving off a very calming effect.


If you have ever been to Disneyland and experienced Turtle Talk with Crush, then you will be excited to know that Walt Disney Imagineering partnered with Pixar Animation Studios on the designs for the Disney portion of the CHOC 2nd floor lobby. CHOC also houses  it’s own Turtle Talk with Crush and gives guests a chance to engage in live, unrehearsed conversations with Crush the turtle. The show at CHOC is designed to run a couple times during the day. When it is not running, guests will be able to see special media (both audio and video) created especially for the “Aquatorium” which will run throughout the day when the show is not operating.

Patient Outdoor Play Area

There is also a large outdoor patient play area. This enclosed space gives patients a chance to get outside and get some fresh air. This private area was designed to promote relaxation.


Family Resource center and library


Seacrest Studious, a project of Ryan Seacrest is an  interactive broadcast multimedia center. Patients will have the opportunity  to engage in creative activities related to radio, TV, and new media.

Have a look at level one of the new CHOC tower and see for yourself how amazing this hospital is:

The new tower will begin rolling out in phases. Here is the forecast:

  • Second Floor Family Services open: early-February 2013
  • Lab opens: early-February 2013
  • 5th Floor Hematology/Oncology opens: mid-February 2013
  • Imaging opens: mid-February 2013
  • Minor Procedure opens: early-March 2013
  • Outpatient Surgery opens: early-March 2013
  • Inpatient Surgery opens: mid-March 2013
  • Heart Institute opens: mid -March 18, 2013
  • Cath Labs open: late-March 2013
  • Emergency Department opens: late-March 2013

CHOC is hosting a community open house on Saturday, February 2 from 1-4 p.m. The public is invited to tour the new tower and enjoy family activities. More information about the celebration can be found at

Disclosure: We were provided with a media tour of the new facility. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.




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