Robin Winokur, MD, chair of the Dept. of Medicine, welcomes you to the Medical Staff of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland.
Children's Hospital Main Campus
Children's Hospital Research Institute (CHORI)
If you would like a tour or have other questions, please contact Robin Winokur, MD, chair of Children's Hospital's Department of Medicine. Dr. Winokur is available by email at email@example.com or you may call her office, Kiwi Pediatrics, at (510) 652-1720.
We believe that access to the best healthcare possible is the birthright of every child. Staff at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland take great pride in their hospital and research institute, and especially in the care they provide children who come here. Founded in 1912 by East Bay women’s groups, the hospital maintains its original policy that no child is ever turned away because of inability to pay.
Because we're an independent, free-standing nonprofit pediatric medical center, we're able to focus all our attention and all our staff on taking care of children.
Children’s Hospital Oakland Facts
The research arm of Children's Hospital, known as Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, is one of the top 12 U.S. pediatric research centers in terms of grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. The institute’s entire 2005 operating budget of $48 million comes from grant money obtained by institute scientists and clinicians.
What We Call the Hospital
Officially, the name is Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland You may see internal communications using an abbreviated format: CHRCO (old-timers sometimes still use CHO.) However,l we don’t use acronyms for public and external communications.
If you are referencing the hospital in writing, in the first reference—write the full name with an ampersand: Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Following the full name, you can refer to it as Children’s Hospital or Children’s.
You may park in the multilevel parking structure next to the Outpatient Building. Use the door west of the public entrance. There is an ID Badge reader on the side of the driveway opposite the garage door. Community-based medical staff may also park on the north side of the hospital along 52nd Street.
Vehicle parking decal
Please get a Vehicle Registration form at the Security office to get a vehicle parking decal. Please place your parking decal inside your car behind the rear view mirror. All other employees get a small sticker that is placed on the bumper.
The Doctors Lounge is located down the hall from the cafeteria, between the Medical Staff Office and the exit to the south parking lot. Use your ID Badge to enter. Inside there’s an instant coffee machine, microwave, TV (with cable) and two computer terminals for your use.
Medical Records is on the first floor. They have candy rewards for timely completion of medical charts. Make it a habit to visit routinely, at least every two weeks. See the Medical Records booklet enclosed in the hard copy packet. If you will be dictating, call medical records for a dictation ID number.
HIS Help Desk can be reached at ext. 4357 from 8 AM to 5 PM daily.
The Hospital Information Systems department (HIS) is in the basement of the Outpatient Center (OPC) at 744 52nd Street, across the street from the hospital.
Phone: Ext.: 3636, or outside the hospital (510) 428-3636
Get your password and email address
You can get a password for Meditech and a Groupwise email from HIS. Groupwise is the newer hospital-wide email system. You can access Groupwise through the Internet using your Web browser.
Generally, hospital and medical staff Groupwise email addresses follow this format: FirstInitialLastname@mail.cho.org. For example, Dr. Robin Winokur's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, not everyone uses Groupwise; some of the more long-term staff members still prefer the in-house system, Magic Office. Others only have access to Magic Office for email. So if your email doesn’t get a response, follow up with a telephone call.
HIS can also help you with software and technical assistance to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your office and/or home computer to link to Meditech. This can save you a lot of time on the telephone finding your patients, and their lab and x-ray reports.
Phones & Paging
Hospital based physicians and residents have four-digit pager numbers.
• To page from outside the hospital, dial 539-the-four-digits.
• To page when you’re inside the hospital dial 77-the-four-digits.
When prompted enter your number/extension.
Hospital extensions that start with 3 can be dialed directly: 428-3- - -.
To reach an extension that starts with a 2, 4 or 5, dial (510) 428-3885. When prompted, enter the extension.
Be aware the hospital is in the process of expanding its digital Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) to allow remote viewing of all diagnostic images (x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, etc.) at dedicated computer workstations inside the hospital, and eventually, from outside the hospital via a Web-based system.
For questions about PACS contact Corey Chow, PACS administrator, at ext. 4912, page him at (510) 539-7227, or email:email@example.com.
Children’s Intranet — CHOnet
Check out CHOnet, the Children’s Hospital intranet. Many hospital computers have it as an icon on their main screen.
Intranet access at Children's Hospital Oakland
• If you’re inside Children's Hospital click here for intranet access.
• If you’re outside Children's Hospital, click here for intranet access.
To find this access link when outside the hospital:
Meetings: Department of Medicine
The Department of Medicine meets monthly, except in August, on the third Friday, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Center’s (OPC) Room A. The OPC’s meeting rooms and auditorium are in the basement. Lunch is served starting at 12:15 p.m. Business issues and updates take up the first half of the meeting, followed by an informational program. Please come!
Grand Rounds are held Tuesday mornings, 8 to 9 a.m., in the OPC basement auditorium. CME units are available, so are bagels and coffee. You are welcome to attend most of the resident noon conferences. Most do not qualify for CME and offer food only if sponsored.
Resident Noon Conferences
Resident noon conferences are also held in the OPC basement auditorium, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. most weekdays. You can access the online Grand Rounds schedule on CHONET or here.
Join a Medical Staff committee
We encourage you to join a Medical Staff committee. We need fresh ideas and it’s a good way to meet more people. Please contact the Medical Staff Office at ext. 3334 about available committee openings.
Please complete your proctoring as soon as possible.
• Vehicle parking decal: Fill out the green Vehicle Registration form and send it to the security office to get a vehicle parking decal.
• ID Badge: Fill out the white “ID BADGE/ACCESS CARD APPLICATION FORM” and take it to the security office on the second floor of the multilevel parking structure. There you’ll be photographed and given an ID badge.
• Emergency Referral fax form: To alleviate phone tag frustration the Emergency department has begun a new Patient Referral service; please fax referrals directly to them at (510) 601-3934.
The Patient Referral Form (PDF) makes the process easier by asking for all the necessary information. A PDF version of the form is available on CHOnet. The path from CHOnet’s home page is: Forms > Emergency department referral form. Feel free to photocopy the form.
• HandPrints is a quarterly magazine for the general public, also produced by the hospital’s Communications department. Take a look; if you have an article idea please contact the Communications at (510) 428-3885.
• We’re the Place for Kids is a brochure designed for parents and other non-clinicians interested in Children’s Hospital. Glancing through it may give you a few facts about Children’s you hadn’t known before, including the range of services offered.
• Physician Referral Directory is an online listing of department and physician contacts. Much of this information is also available online at CHOnet. Get to the information by clicking on ‘directory’ in the home page’s topmost navigation bar. To request the printed Physician Referral Directory, a comprehensive directory of Children's Departments and services, please call 510-428-3043.