Welcome to Central + Priority Pediatrics
We are an independently owned practice of pediatricians who provide high quality care to kids from newborns to young adults. Children and their families are #1 around here and we provide a top-notch patient experience. At Central + Priority Pediatrics, you’ll find all of the benefits of a friendly hometown clinic along with the modern amenities and convenient walk-in hours that today’s families need. We’ve had the privilege of providing health care to children for generations.
Why should I choose a pediatric clinic to care for my child? The medical care of young people is different than that of adults. Pediatricians are Medical Doctors (MD) with an additional three or more years of specialized training in the care of babies, children, and adolescents. Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses that have obtained a masters degree as well as pediatric specialty certifications. Meeting our patients at a young age allows us to form relationships which are very valuable, especially in the teen years.
How often will my child visit the clinic?
• Before your baby is born (for first time parents).
• Within 2-3 days after birth
• During the first year of life: 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.
• In early childhood: 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years
• In middle childhood, adolescence and early adulthood: yearly visits.
What will happen during an office visit? At each visit, your child will be measured. Height, weight and head circumference for babies will be recorded on a growth chart. Age appropriate screenings such as health and safety, autism, mental health, cholesterol, and anemia may be offered. The pediatrician will examine your child, discuss important health issues such as sleep, nutrition, elimination, and behaviors as well as talk about developmental milestones. Immunizations are an important way to keep your child healthy. We’ll explain which ones are needed at each visit. This is a great time for us to get to know your family. We are happy to guide you through any questions you may have.
What do I need to know about calling the clinic? Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. During clinic hours, our phones are answered by our clinical assistants. During the hours we are not open, your call will go to the Children’s Triage Service which is staffed by RNs. Be sure to have a pen and paper ready to write down any instructions and questions. It’s easy to forget things, especially when you are worried about your child.
If you think your child has a fever, take your child’s temperature before you call. Be prepared to provide information such as temperature, medical problems, medicines, immunization history and the phone number for your pharmacy. If a doctor needs to call you back, be sure you are available for the call.
Priority Pediatrics An afterhours pediatric urgent care clinic with extended evening and weekend hours. At Priority Pediatrics, children are seen at each visit by a board certified pediatrician who is able to handle any urgent care need that doesn't require a trip to the emergency room. Priority Pediatrics is available at our St. Paul and Woodbury offices Monday through Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.