The pediatricians and staff at Emerald Pediatrics feel it is our privilege to care for your child. We wish to provide superior pediatric care in a friendly, accessible environment. We respect the individuality of each family and are committed to assisting you in providing the best environment for your child's medical, developmental and emotional well-being.
We are proud of our team of pediatricians, nurses and clerical staff who work diligently to make your experience and your child's experience as pleasant and efficient as possible.
Effective January 1, 2014 there will be a $5.00 per form completion fee (unless the form is brought into the office during the well visit then there is no charge for form completion). This includes school, daycare (child medical statement), medication, camp, club, sports forms, etc. There is a separate charge for FMLA and Connor's forms. These forms take significant time to complete and require extra time by our staff. We encourage you to bring in any forms, that you anticipate your child will need for the school year, the day of his or her appointment. If you do not have the necessary forms with you at the time of your child's well visit, please check with our front desk staff as we may have the form you need.
We have received our influenza vaccine and are currently scheduling appointments. Please call the office to schedule an appointment for one of our many convenient flu vaccine clinics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends influenza vaccines for everyone 6 months of age and older. Again this year we will be offering the influenza vaccination in two forms: Fluzone (injection) and FluMist (nasal spray) both of which are quadrivalent. The quadrivalent flu vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
We understand that caring for children who are ill can be unpredictable. As such, we are happy to offer plenty of same day ill appointments. We will fill our same day ill appointments in order and will only schedule into the afternoon and evening as our earlier appointments are filled. This is to accommodate those children that have become ill later in the day, at school or daycare. When you call and request a same day ill appointment, we ask that you try to take the appointment time that is offered to you. We realize that there are sometimes unusual circumstances and we will do our best to accommodate you, but in most cases, if your child is ill enough to need a same day ill appointment, they should likely be at home and able to come in during the appointment time offered to you. We appreciate your understanding.
Can't make it to your child's appointment and need someone else to bring them in? Going out of town? Whatever the situation, it is important for you to plan ahead and plan for the unexpected. It is best that children are brought in to our office by a parent for guardian. However, there may be times when someone else takes care of your child. That person may be a babysitter, teacher, or family member. If your child must be brought in to our office, we need a signed consent form to provide medical care. A Consent for Medical Care (including vaccinations) or Consent for Emergency Care form (not including vaccinations), prepared in advance, assures that the caregiver will be able to make medical decisions, guided by our physicians, in your absence. The person you name must be 18 years of age or older. You may obtain these forms from the front desk staff or under the Patient Education/Patient Forms tab located at the top of this page. Please also remember to provide the caregiver with a copy of your most recent insurance card and copay.
Emerald Pediatrics has received the This Week Community News Reader's Choice Award for 2012.
Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Parsons for making Columbus Monthly's Best Doctors 2013.