Have you called the doctor’s office in a bit of a panic to get your child an appointment to be informed that there were no available appointments until the end of the week. If the appointment is for you, you’ll wait, but if it’s for a sick child that’s not an option. You get off work early and find yourself in an unyielding emergency room. At best, we know emergency rooms are not a welcoming environment for children.
Is there another option? Yes.
A pediatric physician group has built nine clinics in New York City and New Jersey focused on providing care when parents tend to need it most — at inconvenient hours. Most of the nine clinics are located in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.
PM Pediatrics has raised $14 million from the private equity arm of Scopia Capital Management, bringing Scopia’s total investment in the group to $24 million, according to Fortune’s Term Sheet. With this funding they plan on expanding to other cities.
In many hospitals across the United States children emergency rooms are opening up 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One such hospital is St. Joseph's Children's Emergency room. Proving better care, at more convenient times, is a healthcare industry trend we should be seeing more in the future. Children friendly emergency rooms, clinics designed with parents in mind, and more convenient hours parents are able to take keep their children and young adults out of emergency rooms. For parents this is epic.
Look for more healthcare news from Lois Trader, National Heart Health Editor.