LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach has opened the
Children’s Specialty Center – a brand-new pediatric outpatient center in
Irvine. With the new Children’s Specialty Center, Orange County families
will have increased access to pediatric specialty care physicians close
Similar to a visit with a pediatrician, the Children’s Specialty Center
will provide sub-specialty care in an outpatient setting from the same
pediatric specialists that diagnose and treat kids and teens in Miller
Children’s. The new center has physicians with expertise in a range of
specialties, including gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology and
pulmonology, as well as other specialties being added soon.
“As we embarked on this venture, we met with pediatricians from
throughout Orange County to help identify the greatest health care needs
of the community,” says Laurie Sicaeros, COO, physician integration,
MemorialCare Health System (parent company of Miller Children’s).
“The specialties they offer are in significant demand for community
physicians and will be of great benefit to our pediatric patients who
can now access high quality pediatric specialists in an outpatient
setting, close to home, and in a reasonable amount of time,” says Marnie
Baker, M.D., MPH, pediatrician, MemorialCare Medical Group.
Because children are still growing, their health care needs differ from
adults. When a child is diagnosed with an illness or injury, their care
is best managed by a physician with extensive training in that area of
pediatric health care. Pediatric specialists are experts who have gone
through advanced training to care for the unique needs of still
developing children, using specific techniques to diagnose and treat
children and teens.
“The Children’s Specialty Center gives families another choice when
they’re looking to find a specialty care physician to help manage their
child’s condition,” says Laura Lundquist, VP, Outpatient Specialty
Centers, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. “A visit to
one of our physicians for things like asthma or a sprained wrist could
potentially save that family a trip to the emergency department,
resulting in less time and out of pocket costs.”
If a child’s condition worsens to the point that they need
hospitalization, they can be seen at Miller Children’s by the same
physician who has been managing their care at the Children’s Specialty
“By using the same physicians in our hospital and outpatient centers,
it’s easier for families to create trusting and open partnerships with
their child’s doctor,” says Lundquist.
Miller Children’s is part of OC-based MemorialCare Health System. The
MemorialCare Health System is comprised of five top hospitals; medical
groups – MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians; a
health plan – Seaside Health Plan; and numerous outpatient health
centers, imaging centers and surgery centers throughout the Southland
(Orange County and Los Angeles County).
The new Children’s Specialty Center shares a building with a
MemorialCare Medical Group primary care office and pediatrician office
and a MemorialCare Imaging Center – offering a comprehensive range of
care to children and their families all under one roof.
“Our goal was not only to bring specialty care access to kids and teens
in the community, but build a one-stop shop for families seeking health
care in their backyard,” says Sicaeros.
About Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach:
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, part of the
MemorialCare Health System, provides specialized pediatric care for
children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to
complex – as well as maternity care for expectant mothers – all under
one roof. Only five percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals,
making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the
community, but across the region. Miller Children’s is one of only eight
free-standing children’s hospitals in California – treating more than
14,000 children each year – and has become a regional pediatric
destination for more than 84,000 children, who need specialized care in
the outpatient specialty and satellite centers. Visit MillerChildrens.org,
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