Before you know it, the first day of school will be here! Is your child participating in sports this fall? Do you need to provide proof of immunizations to the school? If you said “yes” to either of these questions, please schedule your child’s physical and request your child’s medical records soon to avoid the late summer rush.
Please note that all CPCMG offices will be closed Monday, July 4. All CPEC locations will also be closed. Our regular hours of operation will resume Tuesday, July 5. Have a safe holiday!
You have likely read or heard that nasal flu vaccine will not be offered this year based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is important for you to know that CPCMG strongly believes in protecting our patients against influenza, and has already ordered a significant amount of injectable vaccine for this coming season. Furthermore, we are actively working to acquire additional vaccine. Our goal is to provide this important service to as many of our patients as possible.
Easy to schedule with a prompt response from a CPCMG pediatrician, E-Visits allow parents the convenience of receiving medical advice from the comfort of home.
What is an E-Visit?
An E-Visit is an online visit for minor medical problems that can be treated without an office visit. Using MyChart, parents or legal guardians can consult with a Children’s Primary Care Medical Group (CPCMG) board-certified pediatrician about their child’s health issue.
How does an E-Visit work?
Using MyChart, you will complete a short questionnaire about your child’s symptoms and attach photos related to the illness. Next, a CPCMG pediatrician will review the medical information and photos, correspond with you using MyChart messaging and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan, including any prescriptions, if needed.
What health conditions can be treated with an E-Visit?
Only select health conditions are treated during E-Visits. If you request an E-Visit and the CPCMG pediatrician determines that an online visit is not right for your child, the doctor will refer you to your CPCMG pediatrician.
Currently we treat the following conditions:
Who can use E-Visits?
E-Visits are available to current CPCMG patients who have a MyChart account. If you do not have a MyChart account, please visit your CPCMG pediatrician’s office to sign up.
When can I use E-Visits?
You can submit an E-Visit at any time, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week!
If you submit an E-Visit between 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., you will receive a response within six hours. If your request is received after 4 p.m., you can expect a response by 10:00 a.m. the following day.
How do I request an E-Visit?
All E-Visits are submitted via MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, please contact your CPCMG pediatrician.
How much does it cost?
Each E-Visit costs $40 and payments are accepted online via MyChart. Your debit or credit card will be charged upon completion of the E-Visit.
Are E-Visits covered by my health insurance?
At this time, E-Visits are not covered by any health insurance companies, including MediCal.
How long will an E-Visit take?
Completing the E-Visit questionnaire takes about five minutes.
Will the E-Visit be with my regular CPCMG pediatrician?
Every E-Visit is conducted by a board-certified CPCMG pediatrician, but your regular doctor may not be the one replying to your E-Visit. The results of your visit, including all correspondence, diagnoses, and treatment plan will be automatically forwarded to your regular CPCMG pediatrician for review.
Can I get a prescriptions filled from an E-Visit?
Yes. CPCMG pediatricians are able to prescribe medications as part of your child’s care plan, and will send prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice. You are responsible for the cost of any prescriptions, over-the-counter treatments or follow-up visits you may need.
Please note that all CPCMG offices will be closed this Monday, May 30.
All CPEC locations will also be closed.
Our regular hours of operation will resume Tuesday, May 31.
Two flavors of over-the-counter children’s liquid cold medicine are being recalled across the United States because the dose cups that come with the medicine have incorrect markings and could lead to overdosing. Look in your medicine cabinet and find more details about the recall here: http://mucusreliefrecall.com/
Parents, please read this important announcement about the recall of a medication used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions.
Today the FDA announced a voluntarily recall of all Auvi-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi-Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths. Read the FDA press release here.
Please contact your CPCMG pediatrician for more information and to have an alternative device prescribed for your child.
Please welcome Dr. Mario Bialostozky to our Medical Center Court office. A native San Diegan, Dr. Bialostozky attended medical school at the University of California San Diego and completed his residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“I truly enjoy working with our families and experiencing part of the joy that new parents feel when they have a new baby, when they see them take their first steps, when they see them grow,” says Dr. Bialostozky. “I also enjoy being there for those same parents when they are struggling with an illness of their child, or when they have questions about their behavior. Being able to provide families the necessary tools and skills to help keep their children healthy and happy is what motivates me to keep working every day. I look forward to helping take care of your children in the future.”
In his spare time, Dr. Bialostozky enjoys spending time with his fiancée and their dog Zoey. They like to run and explore all the fun things San Diego has to offer.
To make an appointment with Dr. Bialostozky, please call 619-482-3090. The Medical Center Court Office is located at 769 Medical Center Court, Suite 200, Chula Vista.
Schedule your child’s flu shot! Find a Children’s Primary Care Medical Group office in your neighborhood.
or call (858) 502-1184.
Please welcome Dr. Gordon Cheng to our Scripps Ranch office. Dr. Cheng completed medical school and his pediatric residency at UCSD.
“I love pediatrics! Being a parent of two kids, I have experienced firsthand the thrills and challenges that come with parenthood,” says Dr. Cheng. “My goal for my patients is the same goal I have for my own children – to optimize their health so they can achieve their dreams.”
Dr. Cheng is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and enjoys dressing up with his family for Halloween. In his spare time, he likes to explore San Diego, scuba dive, travel, and experience new foods and cultures.
To make an appointment with Dr. Cheng, please call 858-566-4444. The Scripps Ranch office is located at 12036 Scripps Highlands Drive, Suite 102, San Diego.
Please welcome Dr. Michael Jacobson to our La Costa office. A native San Diegan and North County resident, Dr. Jacobson completed both medical school and his residency in Chicago. He has been a practicing pediatrician since 2004, and has been with Children’s Primary Care Medical Group since 2008.
“I love my job! I truly enjoy working with babies, children, teens and their parents. I always encourage patients and families to ask lots of questions,” says Dr. Jacobson. “I strive to provide advice that is easy to understand and practical; it can’t get more real than anecdotes about the antics of my own three children.”
Dr. Jacobson will still see patients at the El Cajon office. To make an appointment with Dr. Jacobson at the La Costa office, please call 760-633-3640. The La Costa office is located at 3257 Camino De Los Coches, Suite 301, Carlsbad.
Our pediatricians in the Temecula office are pleased to announce they are seeing patients in their new office effective Monday, August 24. All of the physicians and staff on your medical home team will continue to bring your kids unsurpassed pediatric care at our new location.
Your same pediatricians in a brand new office, still right here . . . In Your Neighborhood.
31170 Temecula Parkway, Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92592
Please join us in welcoming our newest Lead Physician, Dr. Adrienne Lostetter, to our CPCMG Gateway office located in Poway. Dr. Lostetter is very excited to now work in the community in which she lives.
Dr. Lostetter attended medical school at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and completed her residency in San Antonio at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center – Pediatrics. She has been practicing in pediatrics since 1996.
A personal note from Dr. Lostetter . . .
“Pediatrics is incredibly rewarding – I enjoy watching my patients grow from infants into young adults. I also have a special place in my heart for military kids after being a military family for 20 years. My special interests are in allergies and asthma but I enjoy all aspects of pediatrics.”
It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform you of the passing of our friend and dear colleague Dr. William Hitchcock. This is a tremendous loss for the Hitchcock family, Children’s Primary Care Medical Group (CPCMG) and the children in our communities. Please know that we are making arrangements to care for Dr. Hitchcock’s patient group as quickly as possible.
Out of respect to Dr. Hitchcock, the La Jolla office at 4520 Executive Drive will be closed on June 9th to allow staff to attend his services.
Tuesday, June 9th at 2:00 pm
Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church
1001 Encinitas Blvd. Encinitas, CA 92024-2828
Reception to follow at Parish Hall afterwards
All patients are welcome to attend
Did you know that a sports physical done June through August covers your child for all sports during the following school year?
August is approaching quickly and CPCMG wants to help you avoid the back-to-school rush. Our CPEC after-hours locations will start offering limited number of sports physicals during the summer months for you busy parents.
CPCMG is pleased to announce starting Monday, February 16th four of our primary care locations are open after hours. Children’s Primary Extended Care (CPEC) is available in the Coastal region, East County, South Bay, and now Scripps Parkway.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Sunday, 10am-2:00pm. No appointment necessary.
CPCMG believes strongly in the need to immunize all children. At the same time, we are committed to treating our families who decline or defer immunizations with respect, and to working collaboratively with them.
All parents should be assured that the group has strict protocols and procedures in place to minimize the chances of an unintended exposure to any serious illness in any of our offices.
CPCMG is committed to all of our patients, regardless of their stance on vaccines and will always provide the high quality care that they need and expect.
Measles is a viral illness that spreads easily through the air when people cough and sneeze. It begins with a fever which can be as high as 105, fatigue, cough, nasal congestion and conjunctivitis. The rash usually appears about 14 days after the person has been exposed to the measles virus. However, the incubation period can range from 7-21 days. The rash spreads from the head to the trunk to the lower extremities. Patients are considered to be contagious from 4 days before to 4 days after the rash appears.
Measles can be prevented with measles containing vaccine, which is administered as the MMR vaccine. One dose of MMR vaccine is approximately 93 percent effective at preventing measles and 2 doses are approximately 97 percent effective.
The CDC recommends routine child immunization for MMR vaccine starting with the 1st dose at 12-15 months of age, and the 2nd dose at 4-6 years of age.
Please vaccinate your child against measles, especially in light of the recent outbreak in Southern California!
Please follow the link provided for more detailed information regarding the measles.
We know many of you have been concerned about Ebola. While the chances of a major outbreak are minimal, we want to provide you with some basic facts.
How Does it Spread?
The Ebola virus is spread through close contact with someone infected with the disease that is showing symptoms. People with Ebola will run a fever, have diarrhea and vomiting. Close contact means that you came in contact with the sick person’s body fluid (vomit, blood, and diarrhea). The Ebola virus lives in vomit, diarrhea, blood and sweat. The sicker a patient is, the more virus there is in bodily fluids.
To infect you, the body fluid must get into your nose, mouth, eyes, or through a cut or by needle stick. It doesn’t soak in through the skin and it does not stick to surfaces; for example, you won’t pick it up from an object or a doorknob. You won’t get it from breathing the same air as someone who has Ebola.
Please follow the links provided for more detailed information regarding the Ebola virus:
Children’s Primary Care Medical Group is proud to welcome Pediatric Medical Associates of Tri-City, Inc. (PMA) to the medical group. The practice consists of Drs. Ambo, Castro, Muth and Naudin. PMA joins our other 21 offices to ensure the best pediatric care for your children is right in your neighborhood. A healthy partnership for kids and peace of mind for parents.
Dr. Desmond “Tony” Jolly talks about managing allergies and recognizing the signs of asthma in our latest videos. Visit our YouTube channel now to see all our videos.
CPCMG pediatricians were once again recognized as some of the top doctors in San Diego according to San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey.
CPCMG is pleased to announce that three of our primary care locations are open after hours. Children’s Primary Extended Care (CPEC) is now available in the Coastal region, East County and South Bay. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Sunday, 10am-2:00pm. No appointment necessary.
With deepest sadness, we need to inform you that our beloved Dr. Richard Walls passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 13, 2013. This is a devastating loss for the community that he knew and loved for so many years. Please know that we are making arrangements to service Dr. Walls’ patient group as quickly as possible.
CPCMG is pleased to announce the addition of La Jolla Pediatrics to the medical group. With locations in La Jolla and La Costa, the practice consists of Founder Dr. William Hitchcock, as well as Drs. Burgamy and Ghandi and Nurse Practitioners Laura Wheeler and Nicole Kastner.