John Muir Health and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford are teaming up to offer children's specialty services in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities.

The organizations already have partnered in urology and a growing number of surgical and medical services.

The collaboration will now expand to include outpatient, inpatient, neonatal and emergency care.

Children with conditions ranging from allergies or bed-wetting to more complex illnesses will be able to see Lucile Packard specialists locally through John Muir Health.

Many of the patients with complex cases will be treated in the 16-bed pediatric unit that John Muir opened in Walnut Creek in 2011.

"We are partnering with Packard Children's in response to requests from families and general pediatricians to enhance and expand the availability of children's specialty services in our community so families may access and receive the care they need close to home," said Jane Willemsen, president of John Muir's Walnut Creek medical center.