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Orange County — By Abbie Mood on October 23, 2009 at 9:00 am

Premiere Children’s Hospital Right Here in Orange County

The Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange is the first children’s hospital in Orange County, and one of the top children’s hospitals in the entire nation (map).  Because of their mission, “to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children”, over 200,000 children per year come through their doors, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

The CHOC children’s institutes, which “address the challenges of complex pediatric illness, disorders, and injuries through innovation and compassion”, are part of what make CHOC so special. Consisting of  cancer, heart, neuroscience, and orthopaedic  institutes, have some of the best doctors and the most advanced medical technology available.

Something else that separates CHOC from other hospitals is the Ronald McDonald House.  The Ronald McDonald House is a very low cost long term “hotel” for parents and siblings of seriously ill children.  It is right around the corner from the hospital, so families who come from far away, or those who just don’t want to be away from their ill child, can stay at the house as long as necessary for a very low cost ($10/night or less).  In some cases, the child stays at the house with his or her family instead of having to drive back and forth for treatments.

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Children’s Hospital of Orange County is a non-profit hospital, so it depends on the community for money and volunteers.  A big fundraiser is Radio Lollipop at CHOC.  Launched in September 2006 with KIIS 102.7FM, a LA radio station, Radio Lollipop is a fully functional radio station within the hospital run by volunteers, and once a year is taken over by KIIS 102.7FM, Ryan Seacrest, and various celebrities.

For ways to donate or to volunteer, more information can be found here.

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