Spring is here and that means it is time to make your appointments for camp and school physicals. Our summer schedule is available so make your appointments now so that you get the time and physician of your choice.
We also want to update you about the exciting new changes spring is bringing to Smithtown Pediatric Group. As of 5/8/16, Smithtown Pediatric Group is pleased to announce the establishment of their relationship with Stony Brook Children’s Services, the clinical practice of the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook Medicine. This is as a win-win for you, our patients—not only will the quality pediatric care your child receives from our doctors remain unchanged (except for the logo on our letterhead!), but at the same time this affiliation allows us to offer our patients access to the breadth of expertise afforded by more than 100 clinicians practicing in numerous subspecialties dedicated to pediatric patients. These services are the reason Stony Brook is known as the Best Ideas in Medicine for Kids.
This new association does not change any aspect of the clinical care your child has been receiving from our practice. Your care will be continue to be provided by your current pediatrician in our current office. Any future appointments that you have scheduled will remain on their same date and time in our current location. The Walk-In Center for sick and urgent appointments will also remain the same except for a slight reduction in hours due to our need to close the office at 5 PM on Wednesday evening’s beginning on May 11, 2016.
You will however note some administrative changes beginning May 8, 2016. As of May 8, 2016, all bills for services will come from Stony Brook Children’s Services. In addition, there will be changes to signage on and around our office, however rest assured that we will still see you in our current location with the same caring staff and services.
We are so excited to be able to continue to grow and expand the quality and types of service we provide to you and your child and are privileged to become part of the Stony Brook family. We also thank you for your loyalty, and truly appreciate your understanding as we move through this transition. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way or if you have any questions. As always our staff is available to you by calling (631) 979-7222.
As of May 8, 2016, Smithtown Pediatric Group will NO longer be participating in:
- Affinity Exchange (Medicaid/CHP still participating)
- Affinity Essential
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plus
- Blue Cross Child Health Plus (Amerigroup)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways-Exchange Product
- HealthFirst Exchange (Medicaid/CHP still participating)
- HealthFirst Essential
- Emblem Comprehealth
- 1199 Exchange products
- Fidelis Exchange (Medicaid/CHP still participating)
- Fidelis Essential
- NSLIJ (All Plans)
- Oxford Metro Plan
- United Healthcare Exchange products
- United Community Plan Essential (Medicaid/CHP still participating)
- United Healthcare Charter Benefit Plan
- United Healthcare Core Benefit Plan
In addition we will begin accepting Emblem Select Care through the NYS Health Exchange as of 5/8/2016.
This coming May I will be leaving Smithtown Pediatric Group to begin a new practice that provides care in Pediatric Behavioral Medicine. During the past several years I have learned that this area of pediatrics is my calling, as ADHD, anxiety, depression and related problems have a tremendous impact on the well being and quality of life of children, teenagers, young adults, and their families. Our health systems are set up in a manner that denies high quality, affordable care for these disorders to a large number of those who badly need it. I obtained additional training in assessing and treating these disorders in order to sharpen my skills, and have tried to provide these services within my current role as a general pediatrician. Unfortunately I have found it unsustainable to try to perform both roles at the same time.
I look back on my 27 plus years here with great feeling for the innumerable positive experiences that have enriched my life. We have dedicated, loyal staff members who I have been proud to work with, and who I will miss greatly. My partners are brilliant physicians who I learn from every day, caring and compassionate people who are dedicated to providing the best available care to our patients, and good friends who were extremely generous to me in my family’s time of need. I have full confidence that they will continue to provide your children with the finest pediatric care available. There is no better father in the world than mine, and I have been lucky to be able to work with him all this time.
I know that many of my patients will be disappointed in my departure, and will miss me for a time. I will also be sad not to see you and your children on a regular basis, but my new practice will be in the area, and I hope to have the pleasure of bumping in to you during my daily travels. Mostly I want to express the enormity of the privilege I feel for the trust you place in me.
When the details of my new practice are finalized, I will be sure to contact those of you whose children I am currently treating for Behavioral Medicine problems so you can continue that care with me if you so desire.
With great affection,