Initial Visit

We hope that your first visit with our office will be the begining of a close and meaningful long term relationship.  Watching children grow and develop through the years is what makes our work so rewarding.  Our pediatricians and pediatric nurse practioners, as well as the rest of our staff, are here because we love working with children and their families.

A first visit with a new office, and meeting new people might create apprehension, but we hope that our website, with the information and pictures it contains, will help to make this initial visit a positive, enjoyable experience.

Appointments

Families and their children receive care at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic by appointment only. Please call our office and speak with a member of our scheduling staff, who will be happy to help you arrange a visit for your child.

Urgent Appointments

During most days of the year, we have time reserved for same day appointments addressing acute illnesses (i.e.: colds, earaches, sore throats, vomiting, or injuries). We encourage families with a sick child to call as early as possible to schedule a same day appointment. Each child that is ill will need to have an appointment scheduled in order for a provider to see them. Less acute issues, including ongoing or chronic problems, will be scheduled as promptly as possible.

Well child care and physical exam appointments

Routine physical appointments need to be scheduled in advance. Our staff will do it’s best to accommodate your choice of provider for these visits. Please bring your child’s immunization card and any school, sport, camp, or daycare forms with you to this appointment.  We may have some of these forms at our office.   As part of your child’s physical, we will monitor growth, development and nutritional status, as well as provide you with advice on safety and wellness. Routine well child exams are recommended according to the following schedule.

For more information about the above recommended immunizations click here: http://www.healthychildren.org/english/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/default.aspx 

Medication Checks

Children who receive daily medication for an ongoing condition (asthma, allergies, ADHD for example) will need a med check at least every 6 months. During these visits, the provider will assess for efficacy and side effects of medications and ensure that the most optimal treatment is being provided for your child’s problem.

Consultations

Select providers at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic offer specialty consultations in the areas of: Asthma and Pulmonary Disease, Sexual Abuse, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Behavioral Issues, and Complex Medical Conditions.

Kids Creek Children’s Clinic requests a  24 hour notice when rescheduling or canceling an appointment.

After Hours Care

If your child is experiencing a life threatening emergency dial 911.

Routine questions, medication refills, and minor problems should be handled during our daytime hours. After hours calls should be limited to serious, emergent concerns where your child may need to be seen immediately. If you have a medical emergency with your child, Kids Creek Children’s Clinic offers a “Nurse on Call” service provided to us through Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. A registered nurse will assess your child's symptoms, using treatment and advice guidelines approved by our doctors, to help you get the care you need.  The nurse will help you decide whether or not your child needs to be seen immediately or if your concerns can wait until the next clinic day.

The "Nurse-On-Call" service was designed with several benefits in mind for you and all our patients, as follows:

  • Provide you with support and guidance in emergency situations to help decide the best course of action for your child's problems
  • Make sure care is provided in the most appropriate setting; office, walk-in clinic, or emergency room
  • Provide required verification/authorizations for after hours referrals to emergency rooms or walk-in clinics
  • Prevent unnecessary trips to the emergency room or walk-in clinic, thereby saving your time and money
  • Avoid long waiting times in the Emergency Department

After normal business hours, the pediatriciansof Kids Creek Children’s Clinic share call with other pediatricians in the community.

Recommended Well Child Appointment Schedule

AGE

IMMUNIZATIONS

SCREENINGS

Newborn  

Physical Exam

1 month   Physical Exam
2 months DTaP, IPV, Prevnar, Hib, Hep B, Rotateq Physical Exam
4 months DTaP, IPV, Prevnar, Hib, Rotateq Physical Exam
6 months DTaP, IPV, Prevnar, Hib, Hep B, Rotateq Physical Exam
9 months   Physical Exam
Hemoglobin (anemia screen)
Lead Level
12 months MMR, Varicella, Prevnar, Hep A Physical Exam
15 months DTaP, Hib Physical Exam
18 months Hep A
Physical Exam
Hemoglobin(anemia screen)
Lead Level
2 years   Physical Exam
3 years   Physical Exam, BP
4-6 years (Annually) DTaP, MMR, Varicella, IPV Physical Exam, BP,Vision
7-10 years (Annually)   Physical Exam, BP, Vision, Lipid Testing
11 years Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV Physical Exam, BP, Vision, Lipid Testing
12-21Years (Annually)   Physical Exam,BP, Vision
Hemoglobin (Females), Lipid Testing, Urinalysis