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CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital Opens Epilepsy Electronic Monitoring Unit

The CHOC Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is proud to announce the addition of a new, four-bed inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital, to augment the six-bed inpatient EMU at CHOC Children’s Orange. Dedicated to long-term video EEG recording—our team of specialists can monitor patients around the clock, pinpointing exactly where and why the child is having seizures.

Leading the Way in Pediatric Epilepsy Care
Named an NAEC Level 4 epilepsy center, our Comprehensive Epilepsy Program provides the most complex forms of intensive neuro-diagnostics, and extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatments for epilepsy and recurrent unprovoked seizures.

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program offers:
• An unrivaled team of pediatric epilepsy experts, led by renowned epileptologist Mary Zupanc, M.D.—including board-certified epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, social workers, physical therapists, dieticians, nurses and nurse practitioners, child life specialists and case managers
• State-of-the-art diagnostics, which may include electroencephalogram (EEG), Computed Tomography Scan (CT scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and long-term EEG monitoring
• Complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes and other more complex surgical procedures

To speak with a CHOC Children’s Neurologist, please call (714) 532-7601. For appointments, please call the Patient Access Center at (714) 532-7986 or fax the Consultation Request Form along with ALL pertinent medical records to (714) 532-7617.

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
1120 West La Veta Avenue, Suite 125
Orange, CA 92868

Spiders (and patients) are looking for you

Wouldn’t it be comforting to see a familiar face when you brought your sick child to an appointment with a new doctor? These days, first impressions are usually made online, so it’s critical that your profile on the hospital’s online directory includes your current photograph.

In this age of online communication and information accessibility, it is imperative that physicians craft and maintain their digital presence and reputation. A complete and correct physician profile with an updated photo on your hospital’s website is an essential component of managing and maintaining your online presence — and it increases your chances that new patients will find you.

Search engines use software programs called “spiders” to crawl through the Web and read massive amounts of information, including every word on every page they cross. Adding a new photo and content to your online physician profile gives search engine spiders new content to find, which increases your online presence and searchability.  If you want new patients and their Web-savvy parents and guardians to find you, search engines must pay attention to you. Fresh photos and new profile content ensure that search engines take notice.

Recently, underwent a dramatic transformation on its back-end database that allows physician profiles to include substantially more information, including many categories typically found on a CV:

– Abstracts

– Academic & faculty appointments

– Board certification

– Book chapters

– Editorials

– Grants

– Honors and awards

– IRB studies

– Journal articles

– Languages

– Manuscripts

– Patents

– Presentations/lectures

– Professional organizations

– Publications

– Research – current and historical

– Scientific innovations

– Special programs

CHOC Docs:  Links and an online form have been created to simplify the process for physicians to update their directory information on Physician Profile Directory Update Form and Links:

If you would like to email your updated CV and/or photo, please send them to:

If you are a CHOC Doc and would like to set up a photo shoot in our professional CHOC Photography Studio, please email Mindy Pleiss at

CHOC South Tower Scheduled to Open April 2013

Featuring leading-edge advancements in patient safety and health information technology, the new tower will make CHOC one of the safest hospitals in the nation.

A new era of pediatric care in Orange County is underway with CHOC Children’s seven-story tower scheduled to open in April 2013. The state-of-the-art tower will feature patient care services provided within a completely pediatric-focused environment, including Orange County’s only pediatric emergency department, operating rooms, two cardiac catheterization labs, radiology, laboratory and pathology services.

Activation plans are making remarkable progress, including IT integration, staff on-boarding and training, licensing preparation, and implementation of new services and equipment.


Please take note of the following key milestones:

  • CDPH Licensure – January 22-24, 2013
  • Second Floor Family Services Open – February 4, 2013
  • Lab Opens – February 5, 2013
  • Level II NICU at St. Joseph Hospital Opens – February 11, 2013
  • Hem/Onc Opens – February 12, 2013
  • Imaging Opens – February 19, 2013
  • Minor Procedures Open – March 4, 2013
  • Outpatient Surgery Opens – March 6, 2013
  • Inpatient Surgery Opens – March 11, 2013
  • Heart Institute Opens – March 18, 2013
  • Cath Lab Opens – March 21, 2013
  • Emergency Department Opens – March 26, 2013
  • Tower Fully Operational – April 2013

Please note, some of these dates can change.

In addition, the hospital is now utilizing a new address: 1201 W. La Veta Ave. And, in an effort to simplify the phone numbers on campus, all CHOC phone number and fax prefixes (excluding CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital and CHOC Children’s Specialty Center at Hoag Health Center-Newport Beach) have been replaced with 509. This will not affect the main phone number – 714-997-3000. Please share this information with your staff.

CHOC is committed to continue keeping you and your patients informed in the coming months.

For more information on this exciting expansion, please visit

An Exciting New Year – A Note From Dr. Feaster, CHOC Children’s Chief Medical Information Officer

In addition to wishing all a very happy and productive new year, I wanted to review some of the upcoming IT changes associated with the phased opening of the South Tower during February and March.  The following dates are tracking pretty well although there is always the variable of state licensure that may change some of the planed dates.

The infrastructure for the new tower is now in place to support all of our IT systems.  Our first new Cerner “Net,” PathNet,” goes live with the lab on February 5th.  As of that date, all orders for labs will be routed through our own laboratory.  This “cutover” to the new system will, unfortunately, require some down time of CUBS, as all existing orders have to be re-entered with new orders being directed to PathNet and not St. Joseph Hospital.  Stay tuned for more information on the timing of this downtime.  There will be some changes to the order sentences for labs (especially micro where new questions will be asked) and possibly some need to rebuild favorites because of the changes, but no training will be required.  We will be distributing “cheat sheets” to outline the changes before the go live.

The radiology go-live with RadNet and Synapse (PACS) is scheduled for February 19th.  A similar downtime will be required prior to this go-live.  The main changes to order sentences are already in place in our production environment.  Paper-based contrast orders for radiology procedures will be replaced by contrast orders entered by pharmacy based on protocols.  Administration of contrast will be documented in the MAR.  In addition to radiology go-live, SurgiNet will also go-live to support anesthesia and our out-of-OR nursing documentation.  The main changes for our physician staff outside of anesthesia and radiology will be in how images are viewed in PACS.  We will be utilizing the same vendor program as currently utilized at St. Joseph Hospital.  We’ll update you on new functionality and how to access PACS in a follow-up communication, as well as where to look for anesthesia documentation.

The OR begins its opening on March 4th (the procedure unit will already be open). The phasing in of our 7 new ORs occurs by service over a period of three weeks, with open- heart surgery moving last on the 18th and the cath labs opening on the 21st.  SurgiNet will already be live and no real IT impact outside of the surgical areas will be felt at this time.

The final major IT go-live will be our ED on February 26th.  FirstNet, which is integral to departmental operations, and CPOE and PowerNotes go live at this time.  As with SurgiNet, the main impact is on department-specific staff including our ED docs.  ED orders and documentation will now be found in Powerchart.  There are many complexities of this activation as it relates to a satellite pharmacy, admissions, locating patients in the ED when consulting, etc., that you will hear more about as the date gets closer.

The next couple of months will be filled with a flurry of activities related to the South Tower opening.  In addition, we have non-Tower IT go-lives such as the ambulatory EHR in primary care and e-prescribing.  It’s a very busy time for us all, but an exciting one.

Best Regards,
Bill Feaster

CHOC Children’s Patient Care Tower Celebration

Join us on Saturday, February 2, 2013 as we celebrate the new CHOC Children’s patient care tower!
This remarkable event commemorating the new CHOC Children’s, will include  music, entertainment, fun family activities, tours, special guests and refreshments.

The festivities will be held as follows:
Dedication Ceremony – 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Community Festival and Celebration – 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Space is limited, so reserve your place by January 25th at