The Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's is located on the 5th floor of the The Bill Holmes Tower. It provides a truly healing environment for our patients and families, plus a host of family amenities to make everyone feel at home.
Our all-new, oncology unit in the Bill Holmes Tower is home to 28 private beds.
In addition to all the necessary medical technology, patient rooms have wireless Internet access, flat-screen televisions with family-friendly cable television and upgraded movie channels, an individual mini refrigerator, sleeping cots and a comfortable glider chair. All rooms also include a Playstation 360 and a safe for storing personal belongings.
On 5 East there are an additional 12 rooms that are private and semi-private. The planned AYA rooms and lounge will be housed in this area.
Deliver daily care of the patient, working alongside nurses’ aides who also have experience with cancer patients.
Are assigned to the patient’s care throughout a designated shift – usually 12 hours in length.
Monitors child frequently for changes in condition and responses to treatment.
Informs other health team members of the child’s needs as necessary.
Gives medication, treatments, daily care, support and patient/family education.
Reinforces education regarding diagnosis, treatment, medication side effects and home care guidelines.
There is a Nurses’ Station in the middle of the unit. Your child’s chart and information will be at the Nurses’ Station.
Parents are asked not to be in the area of the Nurses’ Station due to the limited working space for the hospital staff and also for the other patient’s privacy.
If you need something, please use your call button and your nurse will assist you. There is usually a unit assistant at the Nurses’ Station.
The Family Lounge is for your use and comfort to relax, watch TV or visit with friends.
Please remember to keep it neat and tidy for others.
Organized by Hannah's Gift, various groups from the community provide a meal for our families every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Lounge. It’s an opportunity for our families to socialize with one another.
The new gym with stationary bikes and treadmills is for patients older than 13 years and their parents/guardians to use. All persons wishing to use the gym need to sign a liability form, and sign in to the gym each time with the unit assistant at the nurse’s station.
Patients must obtain an order from the physician that it is clinically safe for them to use the gym.
There are separate hours for patient use and parent use: Patients who have approval from their physician can exercise 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parents and legal guardians can use the gym from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight.
Please keep the gym neat and clean for others and place a “soiled” sign on the equipment after you use it.
The teen room provides teens and young adults a place to go where they can spend time with other patients their same age and hang out. Patients can invite teen siblings and friends to hang out as well. They can play video games such as the PS3, X-Box 360 and Wii. Patients can also watch movies on the large-screen television, use the computer to get online, listen to their favorite music or grab a book to read.
CHOC offers a play room for Cancer Institute patients, family and friends that is staffed by volunteers.
The play room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday it is open from 10 a.m. until noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The play room is equipped with a variety of activities for all age groups ranging from arts and crafts to infant and toddler toys to video games and board games for older kids. Patients’ siblings are encouraged to use the play room along with the patient. All of these activities can be brought to the patient’s bedside if they are not able to visit the play room.
School is a normal activity for children and adolescents. CHOC School can offer a familiar routine, address the healthy part of the child’s life during their stay and show that they can expect to return to normal events. CHOC School also gives children a chance to be creative and productive while maintaining a sense of identity and hope.
The CHOC School is staffed by a dedicated credential teacher and highly qualified instruction aid from the Orange Unified School District.
The CHOC School serves patients from kindergarten through 12th grade. Children with special needs can be enrolled in the school program at three years of age.
The program operates five days a week, 9 months out of the year following a traditional school calendar. Parents are encouraged to bring books and schoolwork from their school or home teacher. Should schoolwork not be available, appropriate grade-level work will be provided.
Individual bedside tutoring is provided for those patients who cannot attend school in the classroom.