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Children Gain Access To Local Pediatric Specialists

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Valencia is one of only three full-service centers

Posted: April 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 17, 2013 5:46 p.m.

Father Julian Andrade holds his son ten-month-old Matias as medical assistant Annalise D'Souza checks the boy's vital signs in an examination room at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Valencia Clinic in May 2012.


For years, Santa Clarita parents had little choice but to drive their children all the way to downtown Los Angeles to see a pediatric specialist, until nationally renowned Children’s Hospital Los Angeles opened its 4,000-square-foot Valencia satellite office in March 2012.

As the pediatric hospital looked around in terms of where its patients were travelling from, it found it was pulling quite a few children from North Los Angeles County, said Paul King, CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Management Group.

“Santa Clarita popped out as an area where we were pulling a number of families from,” King said. “It had been an inconvenience for them, and we try to put our services to families in areas we serve and with the doctors we work with.”

By opening Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Valencia has also enabled the pediatric care unit to serve families from as far away as Bakersfield, he said.

“Most of the care we provide can and should be done on an outpatient basis,” King said.

Although the hospital offers medical services at 25 other sites throughout Southern California, the Valencia center is one of only three in the Southland that operates out of a site dedicated solely to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients and has many specialists seeing children at the local facility.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles previously opened a dedicated practice in Arcadia in November of 2010. And it has since opened a facility in Torrance, King said.

Many of the doctors who practice at the Valencia location also work at the Los Angeles site and practice in Ventura, he said. And the Valencia location is staffed with local residents as well.

With the opening of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Valencia, children can now be seen by specialists in a number of areas including: endocrinology, gastroenterology and nutrition, hematology and oncology, neurology, pulmonary, and urology specialists, as well as pediatric, orthopedic, head and neck surgery, plastic, and facial -- head, neck, face, jaws -- surgeons. The local practice also offers radiology and laboratory services, King said.

“We’ve been pleased with our reception in the community,” he said. “We’ve seen 650 families or so that generated 900 patient visits. That’s a volume consistent with our expectations, and we expect to grow over time as we add more specialists. It takes people a while to know we’re here, but we’re pleased to see steady growth.”

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Valencia also helps local physicians grow their own practices, King said.

“Prior to us being here, they had to send their patients to Los Angeles,” he said. “Now, it allows them to provide better services by having Children’s Hospital just around the corner. It makes their practices more attractive.”

And sometimes it just plain helped with the communications; knowing your colleague is just around the corner is helpful, King said.


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