In high school, my mom would always remind me, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” But as a parent, I’m pretty sure the mantra is “nothing good happens after four o’clock.” The moment the pediatrician’s office closes is the moment one of the kids slices their finger with a potato peeler, spikes a fever of 103F, starts crying over an ear hurting, or gets knocked on the soccer field and we start debating whether or not the ankle needs to be x-rayed.
Those “Oh, no!” moments are exactly the ones PM Pediatrics wants to help your family through. The moments when your pediatrician’s office is closed or the patient slate is full, and your child needs to be seen by a medical professional.
You may have noticed the PM Pediatrics purple and teal logo popping up around town as the national chain of pediatric urgent care centers has acquired KinderMender, rebranding the Timonium and Laurel KinderMender facilities as PM Pediatrics, and relocating the KinderMender locations in Columbia and Glen Burnie to new office spaces. Those four new PM Pediatrics offices join the other four PM Pediatrics offices in Maryland, located in Annapolis, Germantown, Greenbelt and Rockville/North Bethesda. There are also plans to open a new Parkville office in 2020.
Good news, KinderMender fans: your favorite pediatric providers are still there, offering pint-sized friendly care. Just with a slightly different care philosophy.
“We really want to be a partner with your pediatrician,” said Dr. Adrienne Suggs, PM Pediatrics Medical Director for Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Timonium. “We’re not here to provide comprehensive pediatric care, but to help pediatricians and parents in the area.” Before joining the PM Pediatrics team, Dr. Suggs served as the Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department and Inpatient Unit at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center. Moving from a city emergency department to a pediatric urgent care office has been a welcome change of pace. It also broadened her perspective when it comes to pediatric caregiving — since she is also a mom. Although her “tweenage” kids haven’t needed to be seen by PM Pediatrics, Dr. Suggs says she feels a comfort knowing that the service is available and that, in most scenarios, her children would be able to get the specialized care in a warm, inviting pediatric urgent care rather than an emergency room.
The inviting, kid-friendly atmosphere is the first thing you’ll notice when you walk into PM Pediatrics. The Timonium location is retaining (at least part of!) the giant wooden climbable train beloved by KinderMender families. Each room is bright and cheery, and offers a video screen with cartoons to help distract nervous kids.
PM Pediatrics stays in their lane of acute care of the ill and injured child, so they do not do immunizations or sports physicals— they leave that to their partners in primary care. So while you can’t get a vaccine, you can have lacerations stitched, get an ear infection diagnosis at 10 PM, or have a bone x-rayed. Bloodwork and labs can be performed on site. There is always a pediatric urgent care physician on staff; and as we know, kids aren’t just little adults. Having an urgent care provider who understands child growth and development — as well as how to interact with children — helps aid your child’s diagnosis and makes going to the doctor a more positive experience.
What happens after your PM Pediatrics visit? Your child’s paperwork is automatically sent to your pediatrician, providing a seamless continuity of care. After all, you’ll be following up with your regular doctor. That’s the healthcare partner model for which PM Pediatrics is known.
Since PM Pediatrics wants to help you through ‘Oh, no!’ moments, their hours are different than your pediatrician office’s hours or even other urgent care facilities in the area. They are open Monday-Saturday from Noon to Midnight, and Sundays from 10 AM to Midnight, 365 days a year.
Next time you’re worried that your child has Strep and don’t think you can wait until your pediatrician’s office opens at 8:30 the next morning, head over to PM Pediatrics. They’re there until midnight. They can even send you home with an antibiotic so you don’t have to find a 24-hour pharmacy.
We’ll just call that a #ParentingWin.
About Our Sponsor: PM Pediatrics
Established in 2005, PM Pediatrics is the nation’s largest provider of specialized pediatric urgent care, with 50 locations nationwide and over 2,000,000 visits to date. Each location is staffed by pediatric emergency specialists trained in treating newborn through college-age patients for a broad array of illnesses and injuries including asthma, fever, infections, dehydration, fractures, wounds requiring stitches and more. The company’s mission is to provide outstanding clinical care with a focus on minimizing pain and unnecessary tests in a unique office environment tailored for pediatric patients. PM Pediatrics accepts most types of insurance and features short wait times and convenient hours, 365 days a year. The company is proud to be an eight-time honoree to Inc. magazine’s 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. For more information about PM Pediatrics and a list of locations, visit pmpediatrics.com. Follow PM Pediatrics on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Photos by Jen Snyder