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Frequently Asked Questions

Before choosing a care provider for your child, we at Palm Beach Health Network Physician Groups understand that you may have many questions. We hope that some of these Frequently Asked Questions provide some immediate answers.

What is a pediatrician?

A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of infants, teens and young adults, and the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam.

How often does my child need to visit a pediatrician?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends regular health care visits at the following times:

  • Before your baby is born (for first-time parents)
  • Before your newborn leaves the hospital
  • Within 3 to 5 days after birth
  • Within 48 to 72 hours after leaving the hospital
  • During the first year of life—visits by 4 weeks of age, and also at 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months of age
  • In early childhood—visits at 15, 18, 24, and 30 months of age as well as yearly at 3 and 4 years of age
  • In middle childhood—yearly visits from 5 through 10 years of age
  • In adolescence and early adulthood—yearly visits from 11 through 21 years of age

Your own Palm Beach Health Network Physician Groups pediatrician may recommend additional visits.

What is a pediatric subspecialist?

A pediatric subspecialist is a board-certified physician who has received more extensive training in their area of practice. Subspecialists typically concentrate on specific body systems; age groups; or complex, scientific techniques developed to diagnose or treat certain types of disorders.

How do I know whether or not I need a pediatric subspecialist?

Many conditions that affect children are rarely seen in adults, and common illnesses in adults may manifest themselves differently in children. For these reasons, when your child is sick, it is best to consult with a specialist that deals specifically with children and is experienced in treating the full range of childhood illnesses. Your pediatrician may refer you to a specialist appropriate for your child’s needs.

In what pediatric areas does Palm Beach Health Network Physician Groups specialize?

The pediatric specialists at Palm Beach Health Network Physician Groups are committed to providing quality pediatric healthcare to their community. These specially trained physicians, along with dedicated nurses and healthcare professionals, bring advanced pediatric specialty care to South Florida- eliminating the need for travel to other locations. Areas of expertise include pediatric general surgery, pediatric orthopaedics and pediatric limb lengthening.

Where do the pediatric specialists at Palm Beach Health Network Physician Groups see patients or perform surgeries?

When children require a higher level of care, from emergencies and specialty services to complex surgical procedures, Palm Beach Health Network Physician Groups has a trusted Tenet network partner in Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Palm Beach Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast devoted exclusively to children and their unique needs. It offers the area’s only 24-hour pediatric emergency department and Level I trauma center, with advanced imaging and diagnostic technologies. We can also utilize one of our other Tenet hospitals in the South Florida area to provide care here it is most convenient for the patient.

What is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon?

Orthopaedics deals with the prevention and correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments. A pediatric orthopaedic surgeon specializes in trauma, spinal surgery, lumbar degenerative disc disease and scoliosis and other conditions that occur in children and adolescents.

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes, we always welcome new patients.

How do I schedule an appointment with a pediatric sub specialist?

To schedule an appointment with one of Palm Beach Health Network Physician Groups pediatric specialists, call 1.866.654.2362 or request an appointment.