Sierra Vista Teams Up with Children's Hospital 
Shannon Downing 
Friday, 11 September 2009 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Central California are working together to provide children and families access to some of the world’s finest pediatric subspecialties in an environment that is close to home. Beginning in September, children who require a subspecialist in endocrinology, pulmonology or cardiology will be treated on the second Friday of each month. The children will be seen at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center by physicians from Specialty Medical Group (SMG).

While SMG, in affiliation with Children’s Hospital, has been conducting outpatient services in Modesto and Merced for years, this effort marks its first step toward serving patient families directly on the Central Coast.

“As the only children’s hospital between San Francisco and Los Angeles, our service area totals about 45,000 square miles – one of the largest services areas of any children’s hospital in the country,” said William F. Haug, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital. “This partnership with Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center will help us toward our shared goal of providing the best care and convenient access to board certified pediatric subspecialists.”

This isn’t the first time these medical providers have worked together. For the past few years, Children’s physicians have consulted on various pediatric cases for Sierra Vista, including reading echocardiograms. The idea to extend service to San Luis Obispo grew from this successful relationship.

”San Luis Obispo County has a pronounced gap in its healthcare delivery system – pediatric subspecialty care,” said Candy Markwith, CEO, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. “For some time we have been seeking a partner to help fill this gap and we couldn’t be more grateful to Children’s Hospital Central California for providing access to its expertise.”

Referring physicians and their staff can schedule appointments for their patients through Sierra Vista via its Pediatric Subspecialty line at 546-7692. Doctors can also contact pediatric subspecialists anytime through the Children’s Access Center at Children’s Hospital Central California.