Originally Released: February 13, 1996
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The University of Maryland Medical Center has opened Harford County's first pediatric multi-specialty practice. The new facility, called University Pediatric Specialists, is located in Bel Air, Maryland. It was developed in response to requests from local primary care providers for a pediatric multi-specialty care center in the community, so parents and their children do not need to travel far to see specialists, such as cardiologists, surgeons, and neurologists.
"Our goal was to make subspecialty pediatric services even more accessible for referring physicians and their patients in the growing Harford County community," says Joel Brenner, M.D., director of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. "What we have created is a modern, 'child-friendly' facility that combines a full spectrum of major pediatric specialities conveniently under one roof."
University Pediatric Specialists will provide consultative and follow-up care for a broad spectrum of specialties including cardiology, surgery, neurology, gastroenterology, dermatology, otolaryngology, behavioral pediatrics, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and endocrinology. There are plans to add genetics, pulmonary medicine, hematology, oncology and other services in the near future.
The center will provide outpatient care to residents based on referrals from their primary care physicians. Approximately 2000 patients are expected to visit the center during its first year of operation.
The center was designed with the children and their families in mind. The exam room and consultation areas include specialized pediatric equipment and furniture and are designed to allow parents and siblings to stay with the patient when appropriate. In addition, the center has an oversized waiting area that includes a dedicated play area for children. The walls of the waiting area are decorated in a rainforest theme and there is a playscape on which the children can climb.
Appointments can be made by calling 410-879-7730. University Pediatric Specialists is located at North Park Center, Unit 423, 4-C North Avenue in Bel Air.
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