Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. Nothing is more rewarding than the privilege of caring for this new life and providing an environment in which both you and your child will thrive and develop. Choosing the pediatrician that can best care for your child is an important decision. At Pediatric Care of Ogden, we share your joy and enthusiasm and look forward to the opportunity in partnering with you on the exciting journey of raising a child.
Choosing a pediatrician and their staff is a very important decision. Your first well-baby visit will probably be a day or two after coming home from the hospital. Your pediatrician will want to check your newborn for problems, such as jaundice, heart murmurs, and feeding difficulty, which sometimes aren't apparent until the third or fourth day of life. After that, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a well child examination at 2 weeks, followed by visits at 2, 4, 6, and 9 months, 12, 15, and 18 months, and 2 years.
We hope the following question and answer series will help you make the best decision for your newborn.
Is this practice accepting new patients?
Yes. We carefully monitor our new patient requests in order to best serve our current population, therefore, from time to time we are unable to accept new patients. Rest assured that we always accept new siblings of established patients.
Have you been certified by the American Board of Pediatrics?
Are you a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics?
Are there other doctors or nurse practitioners available in the event of a sudden illness if you are unavailable?
Of course. Pediatric Care of Ogden is closed a total of no more than 10 business days a year. In the event that your child should become suddenly ill during a closed day there is always a doctor on-call to assist you and your child.
In the event of an emergency, what hospital should I take my baby to? Is your practice affiliated with that hospital?
All of our pediatricians are affiliated with McKay Dee Hospital and Ogden Regional Medical Center. Please inquire with your insurance company to familiarize yourself with your benefits. Your insurance company is the entity that decides which hospital you should utilize. HOWEVER, in the case of an emergency please go to the nearest hospital or dial 911.
Is lab work done on the premises, or do we need to go to another location to have test performed?
A few minor tests are performed on site at Pediatric Care of Ogden. Your insurance company has contracted with a facility to provide your child’s lab tests. We make every effort to help your healthcare dollars work for you by directing lab services to these contracted facilities.
What are the office hours? What are the weekend or evening hours?
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Do you offer same-day sick appointments?
Yes. Each day Pediatric Care of Ogden reserves appointments for sick patients.
Is there a designated waiting area for well children and a separate one for sick children?
Yes. Also, we encourage the parents of our newborn patients to schedule their newborn’s appointments early in the day in order to avoid as much contact as possible with the sick patients.
Do you take my insurance?
The only insurance companies that we are not currently providers for are:
- Select Value (a Select Health plan)
- Focal Point (a Blue Cross plan)
Does your office charge for advice calls during the day, advice calls after hours, or medication refills?
We do not charge for advice calls during the day or after hours. We do not charge for medication refills, however, there are several medical conditions for which the patient is asked to schedule with the physician regularly in order to maintain prescription refills. In this case the physician's time will be billed to your insurance company and your benefits will apply.
If I need to cancel a well visit, how long will I need to wait until my child will see you for a rescheduled appointment?
We ask that you kindly reschedule all appointments at least 24 hours in advance. Our staff will do everything possible to reschedule the patient as quickly as possible. Please note that we are active users of the Waiting List. If you ask to be placed on the Waiting List the chances are that the patient will not have as long of a wait to reschedule.
What is the typical wait time from the scheduled appointment to the time I get in to see the doctor?
This estimate is a bit tricky. Pediatric Care of Ogden is a very busy office with excellent service. We strive to provide the shortest possible wait time for you while in the office, however, we equally strive not to rush our families through the visit. We make every effort to keep you updated on time frames while you are in the office.
When your baby is born at an affiliated hospital, simply tell your obstetrician and the hospital staff that you have chosen Pediatric Care of Ogden as your child's pediatric office and specify the particular pediatrician that you have chosen. Our office will be notified of your baby's birth by the hospital staff. Upon discharge, please contact our office about scheduling your
baby's first visit to our office.
McKay-Dee Hospital Center
4401 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84403
Ogden Regional Medical Center
5475 South 500 East
Ogden, UT 84405
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Again, Congratulations! Enjoy this exciting time.