Pediatric services close to home for Porter Ranch community
Porter Ranch residents who live there are thrilled with the addition of pediatric services at UCLA’s full-service primary-care office in Porter Ranch. “We’ve been getting so many calls and questions from the community about our pediatric services,” says Christina Boyles, nurse supervisor, UCLA Primary & Specialty Care in Porter Ranch. “Parents want to know when the pediatricians will start and are sharing how excited they are to have pediatric services available so close to their homes.”
The UCLA Primary & Specialty Care office in Porter Ranch provides a wide range of services in one convenient location, including family medicine, X-rays, ultrasounds and much more.
“We can now offer families local care for almost all of their medical needs,” continues Boyles. “That’s really important when you have children. Parents don’t want to take their kids to multiple places for care. They can come here to see their pediatrician, have their blood drawn and get any X-rays or ultrasounds they may need.”
“We see a lot of patients who live in the northern part of the San Fernando Valley,” says Allison Guimera, MD, a UCLA pediatrician at the Porter Ranch office. “They don’t want to drive long distances with their kids to get primary care, and now they don’t have to.”
Continuity of care — across age groups and disciplines — is extremely important in pediatrics. Dr. Guimera and Nicole Hetzer, MD, also a UCLA pediatrician in Porter Ranch, provide sick- and well-care services, and also work with UCLA pediatric specialties to care for children with complex medical needs.
“People know and trust the name UCLA,” says Dr. Hetzer. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to provide a high level of service to pediatric patients in Porter Ranch.”