Hoag Medical Group Serves the Changing Needs of Irvine Families

Sometimes it seems as though there are as many strollers as there are cars in Irvine. Pediatricians in this city have taken note, and a number of top physicians have recently joined Hoag Medical Group (HMG) to better accommodate the needs of this growing community.

What attracts physicians to HMG is the way Hoag delivers care – shifting hours and expectations to better match the reality of life with kids.

“As families grow, medical needs change. Kids don’t wait until office hours on a weekday to get sick,” said pediatrician Maureen Downes, M.D., who recently joined HMG along with seven other pediatricians from her practice in Irvine. “Life with kids is complicated and parents have to be ready for anything. We’re ready with them.”

Dr. Downes has deep ties to Orange County, having raised three children here and serving as a member of the Irvine School District Advisory Board. She and her fellow physicians address parents’ needs by offering extended hours, office hours on Saturdays and daily walk-in hours between 8 - 9 a.m. to accommodate any sudden, non-emergency medical situation.

The physicians also work to educate parents about when to visit the emergency department versus the urgent care and explain other options, including consulting with an after-hours nurse aligned with CHOC Children’s.

“The idea is to educate parents to help them make the most informed decision,” Dr. Downes said. “Sometimes the emergency room is the right call, but very often children can get treated more appropriately and efficiently at an urgent care.”

Hoag Medical Group is pleased to welcome the following pediatricians along with Dr. Downes to the group: Mary Anne Galang-Lomboy, M.D., Elaine Gan-Yong, M.D., Jessica Mangonon, M.D., Mandeep (Mona) Singh, M.D., Peggy Tse, M.D., Chih-Kuan (Linda) Wang, M.D., and Danielle Winkler, M.D. These physicians are located at 16300 Sand Canyon Ave., Suite 811 in Irvine.

With the addition of this pediatric group to HMG, there are now 14 HMG pediatricians to serve the families of Irvine and the surrounding community. This includes the HMG pediatric offices conveniently located in the village of Woodbridge at Hoag Health Center.

HMG is available to help families maintain optimum health, with services including:

  • Same-day appointments
  • Access to CHOC Children’s for specialized care
  • Most HMO and PPO insurance plans accepted
  • No appointments needed at Hoag Urgent Care locations, open seven days a week

For more information, call 888-464-3045.