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Pediatrics office offering walk-in, new hours

Posted: Saturday, July 17, 2021

If you’re a parent, you know that earaches, rashes, runny noses and bruises often happen at unpredictable times. That’s why Parkview Physicians Group (PPG) – Pediatrics is now offering expanded hours of operation two days a week and no-appointment-necessary, walk-in care for patients.

This week, the office located in the John B. Kay Medical Office Building adjoining Parkview Huntington Hospital has launched the PPG – Pediatrics Clinic. On Mondays and Wednesdays – clinic days – hours of operation will be longer than usual for patient convenience, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regardless of the weekday, parents have three options for having their children seen by a provider: they can schedule appointments in advance to meet with their regular provider, they can call ahead for a same-day appointment, or they can bring their youngsters for walk-in care with the provider who is available at the time. Parents do not need to have an established relationship with PPG – Pediatrics for their child to be seen by a provider, but if they choose, they may continue to come to this office for their child’s routine care.

“This clinic has really evolved out of the concerns parents have expressed about being able to have their kiddos seen in a timelier manner,” said pediatrician Duane Hougendobler, MD. “Parents often find themselves presented with situations where they need to make quick decisions about getting their child medical attention and how that will affect school and work schedules. If someone is working two jobs, that can be really difficult and complex. Say a child wakes up with strange spots or has a low-grade fever in the morning and parents wonder whether they can send the child to preschool. Or their child tells them at 4 p.m. that they need a sports physical for athletics the next morning. Being able to have their kids seen without an appointment could make a real difference.

“This clinic is about trying to keep kids in school and keep parents from having to miss work,” he continued. “We hope this can be a real game changer for families.”

The pediatric office is being renovated and expanded to enable the care team to see more patients and get them on their way more efficiently. Four exam rooms have become six, and Hougendobler said he expects an additional six to be ready by August, for a total of 12 exam rooms.

The team providing care for both established and walk-in patients includes long-time Huntington pediatrician Dr. Hougendobler; Greshma George, MD, who has joined the practice as of this month; and Nicole Pitts, PA. In August, an additional pediatrician, Allison Meyer, MD, will round out the team. As of August 12, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. clinic days will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Hougendobler emphasizes the clinic will be full-service, providing the same screenings, immunizations, physicals and other services offered to established patients: “This is truly about what’s best for our patients.”

PPG – Pediatrics and the PPG – Pediatrics Clinic are located at 2003 Stults Road, Suite 105, in Huntington. To schedule an appointment, call (260) 355-3250.

Shown in the photo from left, are Duane Hougendobler, MD; Greshma George, MD; Nicole Pitts, PA and Allison Meyer, MD.