February 3, 2022

When your child is sick or injured, you need to think carefully about where to take them for medical care. Is the Emergency Department the best option for your child’s situation? Here’s what you need to know to make the right decision.

What you need to know

November 23, 2020


COVID-19 TESTING (Updated January 5, 2022)

CPCMG does NOT offer COVID-19 rapid antigen testing at this time (frequently referred to as “home testing”).  In most cases, especially if a person has symptoms and when instructions are carefully followed, a positive antigen test result is considered accurate and confirmatory testing with a PCR test is generally not suggested or required.  In some cases, a home antigen test might result in a “false negative” if the person is infected, but does not yet have symptoms.  In other cases of high suspicion, a negative antigen test result may need to be followed with PCR testing.

CPCMG offers limited in-office specimen collection for COVID-19 PCR testing. If your child is experiencing mild to moderate physical symptoms of COVID-19 and you want them evaluated or you want a PCR test, please log on to your MyChart account to schedule a video visit. If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Due to a high volume of requests and a shortage of supplies for COVID-19 testing, we are not able to test children WITHOUT symptoms and we are not able to test any adults at this time. Please visit one of the following resources for a testing location near you:

211 San Diego
State of CA COVID-19 Testing Sites
San Diego County Testing Sites
Riverside County Public Health Testing Sites
County of Riverside Funded Testing Locations
Rady’s Testing Collaborative

We also recommend contacting your child’s school district for testing information.

Please do NOT go to a Rady Children’s Urgent Care or an Emergency Department for the sole purpose of seeking COVID-19 testing.


COVID-19 VACCINES (updated January 5, 2022)

All people 5-years and older are now eligible (and recommended) to receive the two-dose Pfizer COVID vaccine. Additionally, all people 12-years and older are eligible for a booster dose 5 months after completing the initial series.



CPCMG is administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children 5-years and older during office visits already scheduled for checkups or mild illness. Additionally, we have limited appointment availability in our regional COVID vaccine clinics. To schedule a patient who doesn’t already have an appointment, please log on to MyChart. For children 5-11 years old that are known to be moderately or severely immunocompromised, an additional dose is recommended 28 days or more after the second shot. Please reach out to your primary care provider in order to get this 3rd dose scheduled if your child meets the recommended criteria.

Find answers to COVID vaccine Frequently Asked Questions here



Beginning in late December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed its recommendations for the amount of time that a person should stay at home after being exposed to a person with COVID-19 or testing positive to COVID-19.  The California Department of Public Health has since recommended additional safety measures which include testing and improved masking in order to exit the stay at home timeframe earlier than what previous guidance suggested. Please text ‘COVID’ to your CPCMG office or refer to the public health guidance for details.


TELEHEALTH AT CPCMG (updated January 5, 2022)

Telehealth is a safe and effective way for children and teens to be evaluated for most common pediatric illnesses and minor injuries. All CPCMG pediatricians and advanced practice providers conduct video visits, which are easily self-scheduled on MyChart.

If your child needs a COVID PCR test and they have mild symptoms, a video visit is the best way to have them evaluated and to have a test ordered at your local CPCMG office.


The use of face coverings among the general public is still required at health facilities by the State of California regardless of vaccination status. As such, it is our policy that all patients and families must wear cloth or surgical/medical masks in our offices. For children 2 years and younger, alternative coverings such as a blanket over the carrier or stroller are recommended. We respectfully ask that families bring their own face covering for their children and themselves. In some cases, we may provide masks to patients when they come to our offices based on individual needs.

Many mild medical problems can be treated with a CPCMG Video Visit. These visits are available 7 days per week and can be scheduled on MyChart. We encourage you to consider this option. Detailed information is available here.

While providing an enhanced safety experience, we have new visitor guidelines to protect you, your families, other CPCMG families, staff and providers. We appreciate your cooperation during this challenging time.

  • Every individual entering a CPCMG office (2 years of age and older) shall wear a face covering.
  • Absent extenuating circumstances, only two adults (18 and older, parent or caregiver) are allowed to accompany your child to their appointment, although less is preferred for social distancing considerations particularly in waiting rooms.
  • No one under the age of 18 may accompany a patient to any appointment at a CPCMG office unless they also have an appointment.

Unless as noted above, please do not bring other children or family members to the appointment. This includes bringing another adult family member to supervise children (who don’t have an appointment) in CPCMG waiting rooms.


CPCMG está colectando una cantidad limitada de especímenes para las pruebas de COVID-19 en los consultorios. Si su hijo está experimentando síntomas físicos de COVID-19, inicie sesión en su cuenta de MyChart para programar una visita por video o comuníquese con su oficina de CPCMG para programar una visita por video. Si su hijo está experimentando una emergencia médica, llame al 9-1-1.

Debido a un alto volumen de solicitudes y una escasez de suministros de pruebas de COVID-19, no estamos ofreciendo pruebas para niños SIN síntomas o para los que necesitan una prueba de Covid-19 para la escuela, el atletismo o para viajar. Por favor visite uno de los siguientes recursos para obtener un lugar de prueba cerca a usted:

211 San Diego
State of CA COVID-19 Testing Sites
San Diego County Testing Sites
Riverside County Public Health Testing Sites
County of Riverside Funded Testing Locations
Rady’s Testing Collaborative

También recomendamos que contacte el distrito escolar de su hijo/a para obtener información sobre las pruebas de Covid-19.

Por favor no vaya a el Centro de Urgencias de Rady Children’s o a un Departamento de Emergencia si necesita una prueba para un niño/a sin síntomas. Lamentamos no poder ofrecer pruebas de COVID-19 a adultos en este momento.


April 20, 2020

CPCMG has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association’s Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program. CPCMG is one of 44 health systems nationwide who received the award, and one of only four health systems recognized in California.

Launched in 2019, the Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program is a part of the AMA’s initiative to counter burnout among physicians, nurses, and other health care workers. A national study examining the experiences of physicians and other health care workers who worked in health care systems during the COVID-19 pandemic found that 38% self-reported experiencing anxiety or depression, while 43% suffered from work overload and 49% had burnout.

“CPCMG recognized long before the pandemic began, the importance of provider and staff wellness as a core pillar to our group’s success,” said Dr. Adam Breslow, president and CEO. “Our efforts have centered on teamwork, innovation, gratitude, transparency, and resilience. This has translated into exceptional patient care and performance especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Candidates for the Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program were evaluated according to their documented efforts to reduce work-related burnout through system level drivers. Scoring criteria was based on demonstrated competencies in commitment, assessment, leadership, efficiency of practice environment, teamwork, and support.

To receive this award, CPCMG demonstrated its commitment to clinician wellbeing through its development of a formalized well-being committee; yearly assessment of clinician burnout and sharing of results with leadership; showing its “Work outside of Work” metrics using EHR data; appointing a CPCMG clinician to be responsible for leading and completing query to de-implement unnecessary administrative burdens; and implementing a formal peer support program to help clinicians dealing with adverse events.

Future plans include leadership development and a comprehensive Care Team Redesign effort. This initiative includes physician leaders in partnership with leaders from CPCMG’s management company. Together they will migrate aspects of patient care, communication, and IT innovations from a traditional to a team-based care model. The goal of this transition is to optimize provider well-being, staff empowerment, patient satisfaction, and efficiency of practice, while providing coordinated, patient-centered and equitable access to the best possible care and services.