Pediatrician shortage in Chico

Feb 13, 2015 10:30 AM by Brian Johnson

With long-time Chico pediatrician Robert Stanley closing his doors, it now leaves 2,000 of his patients out of a doctor.

Another pediatrician may retire this summer.

But many other pediatricians in town cannot accept new patients.

Dr. Paul Wasserman's office is one of those providers, with the exception of newborns.

His medical assistant said since Dr. Stanley's office closed, their office receives multiple calls from families of patients every day, but she has to turn them down.

She said there is a shortage of pediatricians in Chico, and a new office is needed to keep up with demand.

"I think that's what Chico needs," Ashley Melchiori said. "Chico needs pediatricians that are willing to stay for years and be committed. So, it's just hard to find."

Dr. Stanley's office tells Action News Now they'll be open 8am-12pm Monday through Friday for the rest of the month for patients who have questions or need access to medical records.

Enloe Medical Center said the pediatrician shortage has caught their attention, and they are working with local pediatricians to address the matter and explore solutions.

They said their physician recruiter has worked with those pediatricians to bring in four new pediatricians to Chico over the last three years.

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