RIVERSIDE, CA – Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) is pleased to announce an affiliation with pediatric healthcare system, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), and its medical specialty physician group CHOC Specialists, effective July 1, 2023. Under the partnership affiliation, CHOC neonatologists will provide in-house neonatology services at RCH, a 493-bed acute care hospital in the city of Riverside, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare.

“Our commitment to the care and improvement of human life is what motivates us to seek beneficial partnerships with renowned facilities such as CHOC,” says Adam Rudd, chief executive officer, RCH. “Our goal is to keep patients local through adding key services, bonded with expert physicians and staff, and the latest technology. Families experiencing high-risk pregnancies can take comfort in knowing RCH has the capabilities and resources to care for premature and very sick infants.”

RCH recently expanded its Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from 20-beds to 35-beds, including 3 isolation rooms.  Other amenities include a parent sleep room, doctor on-call rooms, staff lounge and lactation consulting suites.

“We are pleased to extend the reach of our nationally recognized expertise to newborns requiring care at RCH.” says Dr. Vijay Dhar, division chief, neonatology, CHOC. “Our board-certified neonatologists currently provide coverage at multiple neonatal intensive care units across four counties and oversee approximately 55,000 high-risk deliveries throughout Southern California.”

RCH serves as one of the busiest labor and delivery units in Riverside County, with more than 3,600 babies delivered annually and 570 NICU admits in 2022. Together, RCH and CHOC will enhance patient care and safety for newborns, giving these babies their best chance to enjoy a happy, healthy childhood.

About Children's Hospital of Orange County

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), a pediatric healthcare system based in Orange County, California, is committed to being a leading destination for children’s health by providing exceptional and innovative care. CHOC's growing community includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo and a regional network of primary and specialty care clinics serving children and families in four counties. CHOC offers several clinical programs of excellence providing the highest levels of care for the most serious pediatric illnesses and injuries, physical and mental. CHOC's research and innovation institutes are focused on translating real patient needs into real-world treatments so every child can live the heathiest and happiest life possible. Learn more at choc.org.