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
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.
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
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