OverviewKeeping children healthy is the primary goal of Stony Brook Children's Services primary care program. Our general pediatricians provide comprehensive primary care, including routine well and sick care for children from birth through age 21, at six Suffolk County locations. Our Patchogue and Islip offices also are staffed by physicians who can provide care for your whole family, including adults. Evening and weekend hours are available at all our sites.
Recently, we have introduced the concept of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) at all our practice sites. This approach involves making your child’s primary care doctor (along with the entire Medical Home Team) the point person around which all care revolves — both in and out of the doctor’s office.
We believe PCMH is the best way to organize and deliver primary healthcare because it provides both a framework and an opportunity for you to develop trusted, long-term relationships with your child’s doctor and team. Your team coordinates services at every point of the healthcare spectrum — prevention, hospitalization, specialty care, community services and supports. This results in more personalized, coordinated, efficient and, ultimately, effective care.
With a patient-centered medical home approach, care, both routine and urgent, is highly accessible to you, your child and your entire family. Good communication is emphasized. PCMH also takes full advantage of the latest information technology to prescribe, communicate, track test results, obtain clinical support information and monitor performance. Just as important, you and your family have a whole team that knows you, your child, and your family’s history on your side — not just in treating illness but in supporting lifelong good health. In short, you get the right care in the right place at the right time.
Unlike many university-based primary care programs, Stony Brook Children's Services dedicates two or three full-time staff physicians to a single location, rather than rotating them among multiple offices. All our pediatricians are board certified, and serve as educators in our School of Medicine, teaching the next generation of physicians as medical students, residents and fellows.
Our PCMH care is delivered by Medical Home Teams. Led by your child’s primary care physician, this team of medical professionals builds lifelong relationships with your child. Because all care is coordinated through them, they help ensure that aspects of your child’s care do not “fall through the cracks.” They help avoid costly and unnecessary duplication of services such as routine laboratory procedures. They provide support, education and guidance; deliver evidence-based care; look for the most cost-effective solutions; and are culturally sensitive to your family’s language and belief system. They follow your child’s growth and development and become your partner in health.
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Susmita Pati, MD, Division Chief
Stony Brook Pediatrics Satellite Offices:
Stony Brook Children's Services at East Setauket
Research and Education In addition to their dedication to clinical care, Stony Brook pediatricians are committed to training and teaching the next generation of leaders in pediatrics. Each of our physicians also serves as a member of the faculty of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Under staff supervision, medical residents who wish to specialize in pediatrics may polish their clinical, psychosocial, and community leadership skills in our Continuity Clinics (in the ambulatory clinics), as well as within satellite locations.
Advances And Recognitions
Definitions Medical resident - A physician who has finished medical school and internship goes on to receive training in a specialized area. Board certification in all medical and surgical specialties requires successful completion of a residency program.