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Specialty Medical Group


SMG logoSpecialty Medical Group Central California, Inc. (SMG) is a hospital-based medical corporation associated with Children’s Hospital Central California. SMG was established in 1997, and now includes more than 70 pediatric subspecialist physicians practicing in numerous locations from Visalia to Modesto and the central coast. SMG doctors have more than 120,000 patient encounters per year. They provide care for premature infants, newborns, children and adolescents with congenital,
acquired and acute conditions.

SMG’s physicians are closely affiliated with Children’s Hospital and offer some of the world’s finest pediatric subspecialists. SMG’s physicians practice in subspecialties that include:

  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Rheumatology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology
  • Nephrology
  • Hospitalists
  • Ophthalmology
  • Endocrinology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Complex Pediatrics
  • Physiatry
  • Otolaryngology
  • Cardiology

The Group works with many partnership and satellite locations. SMG has an agreement to read pediatric electroencephalograms with Doctor’s Hospital in Modesto. SMG also owns and operates The Modesto Pediatric Subspecialty Center in affiliation with Children’s Hospital. In support of the region’s pediatricians, family practice and obstetrical physicians, SMG’s pediatric specialists in Modesto provide care to Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced Counties. The group’s pediatric hospitalists also serve in Turlock’s Emanual Medical Center.

SMG’s hospitalist program began at Children’s Hospital Central California in the 1990s. Hospitalists have filled key roles in providing around-the-clock inpatient physician care including patient admitting and discharge. Their presence improves and standardizes the quality of care hospital-wide and has greatly improved patient throughput. The hospitalists’ most important role is their communication with referring physicians, regularly updating primary care providers on the condition of their patients.