Less threatening than an emergency room and more accessible than an urgent care center for adults, Urgi-Kids caters specifically to sick or injured children in need of immediate care.
Urgi-Kids, part of The Center for Advanced Pediatrics, is a pediatric-adolescent urgent care facility capable of treating problems ranging from common colds to broken bones.
“We are capable of evaluating and treating general pediatric concerns such as sore throats or sinus infections,” said Dr. Arthur Dobos, the chief pediatrician at the Ridgefield Center for Advanced Pediatrics. “But what we specialize in is providing IV fluids for dehydration, stitching or gluing for cuts that won’t heal on their own and splints for injured or broken bones.”
The practice offers asthma treatment, on-site X-ray and EKG labs and foreign body removal such as ticks and splinters.
The Ridgefield office at 901 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7) has been open since January 2012.
Dr. Dobos said his practice, with others offices in Norwalk and Darien, chose the location because there was a market for an urgent care facility for children.
“Our location is right off the main corridor of Route 7 and is great in terms of visibility,” Dr. Dobos said. “When we first opened, we were a brand new practice starting from scratch and it was initially really slow.
“A year in now, we’ve reached the point where most people in the community have experienced us and told other about us, so positive word of mouth has really helped our business grow here.”
Since arriving in town, Dr. Dobos has treated patients ranging from “two months old up to the college age.”
Dr. Dobos doesn’t feel that Urgi-Kids is competing with local pediatric offices. Rather, he believes his facility competes with emergency rooms and urgent care centers for adults.
“The wait time in an emergency room can be quite long and we can do it more quickly and more efficiently and hopefully less threatening,” Dr. Dobos said. “Other urgent care centers don’t cater to just children so we view ourselves as special because we only see and treat kids.”
In the “kid friendly office,” there are eight exams rooms with one pediatrician and one nurse on site.
“Fortunately, we’ve never needed to have more than one doctor here,” Dr. Dobos said. “But our goal is to expand our hours because there are some spots in our schedule where we don’t have anyone on site.
“We envision ourselves being at full capacity, seven days a week with one doctor here for general pediatric care and one here specifically for urgent pediatric care.”
Dr. Dobos’ works in the Ridgefield office Mondays 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and works Wednesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. He also works two weekends a month.
The office is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and is not open Fridays.
He said the practice does not plan to expand anymore and is satisfied with its three locations in Ridgefield, Norwalk and Darien.
Some of the other doctors who work in the Ridgefield facility are Dr. Benjamin Ortiz, who works Tuesdays, and Dr. Edward Lenard, who works Monday nights.
In addition, Dr. Anna Schilling and Dr. Mark Vincent work some weekends, but are primarily based in Norwalk and Darien.
As for mental health, he said its a “huge need for every community” and that his practice provides child psychiatry to patients.
“Mental health isn’t necessarily a function of the urgent care practice, but our general practice deals with mental health,” Dr. Dobos said. “We have a child psychiatrist on staff, in addition to two nurses who practice child psychiatry.”
The Center for Advanced Pediatrics opened its Norwalk location in November 2007 with an Urgi-Kids facility a part of the office. The practice was formerly called Pediatric Associates of Norwalk and Darien.
Dr. Dobos worked part-time for the practice in 1995 before being hired full-time in 1998.
He worked in Norwalk before becoming the lead pediatrician in Ridgefield. He said he enjoys his new location and is looking forward to make more of an impact in the community.
“Families and kids have been very pleasant to work with and we hope they feel the same way about us,” Dr. Dobos said. “Emergency rooms tend to be more threatening for kids and they’re always busy, so we believe we are a nice alternative.”
The Center for Advanced Pediatrics is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. Urgi-Kids is open all day Monday and 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursdays. It is open noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends. No appointments are necessary. The office may be reached at 203-847-5437. For more information, visit urgi-kids.com.