“We can see a time when a child has the opportunity to receive medical care near the community in which they live, close to the family that loves them and the friends with whom they play. These things cannot be measured by a clock or a scale. We weren’t able to have this for our son, but, it is our vision that other families’ sons & daughters will.”
—Bill and Diane Ruggles
“Our 11 year-old son was hurt playing lacrosse and taken by ambulance to the Emergency Department. Thank goodness he was o.k., but it was very scary for him to see and hear the other adult patients. Once Orange Regional has a Pediatric ED, this experience would be less intimidating for children and their parents.”
—Pete & Ellen Calandra
“My daughter was 16 years old and her lung collapsed. She was hospitalized and spent two days in Intensive Care. Her condition was not getting any better so she had to have surgery. I can only imagine how less frightening it would have been for her if the new Pediatric Center was available.”
“Our community has grown steadily over the past decade. As a pediatric sub-specialist physician who grew up in Orange County, I have committed my professional efforts to keeping our ill children close to home as much as possible. The opportunity to work with the new Orange Regional Medical Center in establishing our community’s first Pediatric Center is both an honor and an opportunity to achieve this worthwhile goal together.
"When a child is sick, a family is sick – keeping them close to home helps to make them better and keep them healthy.”
—Eric D. Fethke, MD