Dr. Cindy Kim Discusses Guided Imagery

Guided imagery is a technique that uses the progression of mental images to focus the mind and connect the mind to body with a goal of enhancing relaxation, Dr. Cindy Kim, a psychologist at CHOC Children’s, tells “American Health Journal.”

The technique can enhance stress coping and pain management skills, and is a good way to engage children in using their creativity to take mental authority of a situation where they might feel out of control, she says.

Learn more about guided imagery in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit www.discoverhealth.tv.

Cindy Kim, Ph.D., graduated from Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology. She completed her internship and fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kim is board certified by the California Board of Psychology, and is a member of the American Psychological Association and Society for Pediatric Psychology.

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Dr. Irene McAleer addresses urinary tract infections

A urinary tract infection is a common condition among children when bacteria gets into the bladder and possibly into the kidneys, Dr. Irene McAleer, a CHOC Children’s urologist, tells “American Health Journal.”

Symptoms depend on the child’s age: An infant may have a low-grade fever, be fussy and not feed, while an older child may complain of when urinating, says Dr. McAleer.

Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of this condition in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit www.discoverhealth.tv.

Irene McAleer, M.D., earned her medical degree at Ohio State University. She performed her internship at Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif., and her urology residency at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Dr. McAleer served her pediatric urology fellowship at UC San Diego.

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Celebrate Doctors Day

drdayAs we celebrate Doctors Day on Friday, March 28, we take this opportunity to honor our physicians for their dedication to the children we serve.

Each day they offer hope and healing through their compassionate and world class care.

CHOC Children’s Hospital salutes our doctors on this special day for their commitment to the health and well being of children and their families.

March 28, 2014
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
CHOC Children’s Hospital
Bill Holmes Tower Patio, 2nd Floor
Physician Dinning Room

Recognition ceremony begins promptly at 12:00 pm.

RSVP: text “DOCDAY”  to (714) 330-1342

Dr. Pierangelo Renella Addresses Cardiac MRIs

A cardiac MRI is an advanced imaging technique that is non-invasive and uses to magnets to help diagnose heart problems, Dr. Pierangelo Renella, a cardiologist at CHOC Children’s Heart Institute, tells “American Health Journal.”

Using no radiation, cardiac MRIs are often relied upon in cases when standard imaging techniques are insufficient, says Dr. Renella.

Learn more about this imaging technique in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 30 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit www.discoverhealth.tv.

Pierangelo Renella, M.D., received his medical degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine. He did his pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Renella has completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology and advanced non-invasive cardiovascular imaging at UCLA and Children’s Hospital Boston.

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In the Spotlight: Emergency Medicine Specialists of Orange County

EMSOCLogoSpecialty board exams for emergency medicine, let alone pediatric emergency medicine, didn’t exist in 1976, when Dr. James Pierog finished his emergency medicine residency at LA County/USC Medical Center. At the time, it was one of only three emergency medicine residencies in the country. Soon after he completed his training, he helped form Emergency Medicine Specialists of Orange County (EMSOC). The group was contracted to staff the St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department, which at the time also provided emergency services for CHOC Children’s Hospital.

During the early months, Dr. Pierog and his partners treated about 20 patients a day — all adults. At that time, the local pediatricians would stay in the emergency department to care for their pediatric patients. This practice eventually waned, and soon EMSOC physicians were caring for all patients – adults and children – arriving in the emergency department.

Today, the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC Children’s Hospital sees nearly 200 kids each day.  Orange County’s only all-pediatric emergency department is staffed with 20 emergency medicine fellowship-trained EMSOC physicians prepared to treat a wide range of pediatric medical and surgical conditions.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Comes of Age

In 1976, Dr. Pierog could not have imagined the state-of-the-art technology, facilities, and services now available in the emergency department that opened one year ago at CHOC Children’s Hospital.  The 22,000-square-foot department features 31 treatment rooms, including 14 rapid evaluation and discharge exam rooms and three triage suites.  It’s close to new and advanced operating rooms, laboratory, pathology and imaging services – each with a dedicated pediatric environment and staff.

“We have 24/7 access to all the medical and surgical CHOC specialists, imaging services and laboratory testing,” Dr. Pierog said. “We have specialized pediatric nurses who are simply outstanding with the way they deal with and care for children. Our child life specialists make the visit to the emergency department so much more comfortable and enjoyable for patients and families.”

The all-pediatric environment draws an equally enthusiastic response from the community.

“All day long we hear how delighted families are that CHOC has its own pediatric- and family- centered emergency department,” Dr. Pierog said. “The paramedics love it, too. It took only one week for our emergency department to become a certified paramedic receiving center.”

A technological development in the emergency department has been the incorporation of the electronic health record (EHR). This gives the emergency physicians rapid access to patients’ records. Dr. Pierog believes the EHR is essential for communicating with CHOC medical staff and community pediatricians when providing episodic care.

The pediatric emergency medicine specialists at CHOC are committed to ensuring quality medical care for the region’s children. For more information, visit EMSOC.