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O.C. healthcare, continued ...Published: September 01, 2012

Kimberly C. Cripe,
President & CEO of CHOC Children's
Orange County is also home to a number of teaching institutions that educate and train our future workforce, including the school of medicine at UC Irvine, with which CHOC is proud to be affiliated, Cripe says.
   
In fact, the UC Irvine Medical Center recently ranked among America’s Best Hospitals in US News & World Report for the 12th consecutive year. The medical center has Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, which is one of only 41 in the nation. The center’s programs recognized through the years treat such specialties as cancer, urology, gynecology, kidney disorders, digestive diseases, geriatrics, and ear, nose and throat.
   
“There’s a great emphasis on developing solutions for health problems 
that are found in specific populations,” says Terry A. Belmont, CEO of the 
UC Irvine Medical Center.
   
UCI is also currently remodeling its Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and will soon begin work to expand its H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center. In addition, UCI recently remodeled its labor and delivery unit, which provides more private delivery suites for mothers and two state-of-the-art surgery suites to treat complex deliveries.
   
Another hospital making major changes, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, plans to open its new Anaheim Medical Center on La Palma Avenue on Sept. 12. There, patients and medical staff will be transitioned from the current Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center on Lakeview Avenue. (See sidebar, page 42.)

Tops in technology
The development and implementation of noninvasive medical devices, robotic surgical suites, computerized data systems and many other advanced technologies can be found in Orange County hospitals and medical centers. Leaders in the field such as Allergan and Edwards Lifesciences are moving forces behind the county’s superior technology.
   
“Over the past 30 years, Orange County has become a hub for healthcare technology development, largely due to the entrepreneurial spirit you find here,” says Afable. “It’s a large opportunity from a business perspective.”
   
Key companies that were successful very early on began to coalesce within the community, and things just start to develop. Smaller companies spin off of the work done by the earlier entrepreneurial efforts. These companies soon become steamrollers, says Afable.


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