Pediatric Clinic 1st Year was More Eventful than Expected

The pediatricians at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) took part in an on-site reception to celebrate their first year of treating patients at the foundation’s offices in Dublin recently.

The doctors’ offices are located at 4050 Dublin Blvd. Three full-time and two part-time board-certified pediatricians work at the facility.

Their year had three major surprises, with higher case numbers than they could have imagined at the start of their first year of operation.

The challenges included the smoky atmosphere in the Tri-Valley from the Camp Fire, which caused respiratory problems in some children and young people; an extended flu season that gave a big boost over the number of cases from the previous year; and a measles outbreak in the state that so worried many parents that they brought children in for examinations and vaccinations, said Dr. Margaret Lau, one of the pediatricians.

“I was really proud of everyone in the clinic, doctors and staff. The fire really increased our numbers of patients. The flu season nearly doubled in length from the previous year. It was a big learning curve, and we all did a good job as a group,” said Lau.

A pediatric Urgent Care Center, one of the advantages that PAMF offers, operates seven days a week, said Lau. It can save some patients from having to go to a hospital emergency room. However, if an emergency room were necessary, PAMF can make the referral. It is open Mondays through Fridays, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pediatricians treat infants, and children up to age 18. All at Dublin are board-certified, which means that the physicians take extra training, by completing a residency with children. Although all adult medicine doctors are competent to treat any age, a pediatric residency can give better insight into treating children, according to Lau.