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March 2017

Dear Patients and Families,

We are excited to announce that effective April 1, 2017 we will join Washington University’s primary care physician organization, Washington University Clinical Associates (WUCA). With this new partnership, we have also changed the name of our practice to WUCA-Westside Pediatrics. We’ve had a long standing relationship with Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) and St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) and this transition further secures our relationship and enhances our ability to provide excellent care to our patients.

What does this mean to you? First of all, you will still see our wonderful Westside Pediatrics staff and we are remaining in our current location. However, you will begin to notice reference to Washington University on our billing statements, on our website, on our prescriptions, and in the medical record.

In addition, effective April 1, 2017 we’ll begin participating in Washington University’s contracted insurance plans only. For a list of plans currently accepted by our practice, please visit the Washington University website at http://wuphysicians.wustl.edu. From there, click on the link to ‘Patient Resources’ – then select ‘Accepted Health Insurance’. If your current insurance is not listed on the website, you may want to contact your insurance carrier to ask about out-of-network coverage or other options for continuing your care with us. It is our privilege to care for your family and we hope to continue serving as your pediatrician.

We realize that this transition may cause temporary disruptions and we greatly appreciate your patience and confidence in us at this time. As you know, our primary focus has always been providing high quality personal care to our families. We believe this partnership with WUSM strengthens our ability to provide you with excellent service and state of the art care. Please let us know of any questions you may have regarding this transition (636-561-5437). We are truly grateful for your trust and look forward to continuing to serve you in the years to come.


Naresh Solanki, MD Richard Felkel, MD

Valerie Welch, MD Michelle Cox, RN, CPNP