Caring for infants, children and adolescents, in addition to providing timely health education and information to parents and guardians, is the focus of Premier’s Pediatric Division.
Our Pediatricians have tremendous experience and expertise in the acute, chronic and preventative health needs of children. Our division works as a collaborative team. Their collective knowledge and experience enables the entire team to provide the highest standard of care for our young patients.
Parents and guardians can rely on our providers and nurses to provide support and guidance for the health and development of our children, preventative care and advice for potential illness and injuries, proactive and advanced treatment to manage acute and chronic heath conditions.
Premier offers pediatrics in two locations that have select evening hours and Saturdays. We also offer a walk-in clinic at our Penn Hills location from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
Premier Medical Associates Pediatrics is devoted to the care of infants, children and adolescents. The physicians are certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and belong to the medical staffs of Magee Women's, and Forbes Regional hospitals.
Each pediatrician sees his/her own patients; however, the association means that one of the physicians (not necessarily your physician) is always available to see your child.
Problems with the office or services should be communicated to the Operations Supervisor, Dana Valenti. You may contact her at your primary office.
Calls After Office Hours
Our physicians are on call during the evening and weekend. If you have an urgent need after office hours, call the office you visit (Penn Hills: 412-371-6414 or Harrison City: 724-744-7337). Trained staff at our answering service will contact the physician or a registered nurse at a after hours triage service, for you. Please limit these calls to "true emergencies" only.
Calls to the Office
The practice gets very busy at times, and despite numerous telephone lines into each office, it may be difficult to reach the office or you may spend time on hold. Please be patient while our receptionists work to answer your call. We value all of our patients and want to give each call the attention it requires to ensure that all requests are handled appropriately and that the health care needs of each child are met.
Office visits for sick and well children are by appointment only. If your child is ill and needs to be seen, you are urged to call for an appointment, rather than coming to the office unannounced.
If you have an appointment for one child, and would also like us to examine another child who has become ill, please telephone the office first. This is necessary to ensure the time is available and for courtesy to the patient who is scheduled after your child.
The usual frequency of routine office visits varies depending on your child's age. Because of more rapid changes in growth and development and the immunization schedule, visits are more frequent during infancy.
The pediatricians make every effort to stay on schedule and to see patients on time. Because of the nature of the practice, which includes emergencies and unexpected problems, the schedule may be delayed. Please be patient and try to arrive a few minutes before any scheduled appointment. If you will be late, please call the office to see if that is acceptable.
If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please contact the office within 24 hrs of your appointment to reschedule another visit. If you fail to inform the office in advance of your inability to keep the appointment, you may be charged a fee of $50 billed directly to the responsible party.
Complete Medical Care
The pediatricians' goal is to help your child achieve his or her ultimate potential, leading to a full and happy childhood and adult life. This involves the periodic assessment of your child's physical and emotional health, including development. In addition, time is provided to listen, advise and guide parents as they make decisions for their child. As the physicians monitor your child's progress, they will offer guidance designed to help prevent problems from arising, or to try to manage problems that already exist. This can usually be done during the time allotted for a regular office visit. When problems are more complicated, longer consultations can be arranged to explore the particular difficulty.
Fees & Billing
The practice's fees are based on the amount of time involved in providing the service and the professional knowledge, training and responsibility involved in diagnosis and treating the problem. The physicians do their best to provide the highest quality pediatric care at a fair price.
After the child's appointment, you will be given a slip by the doctor that will itemize the services provided. The practice's policy is to request payment at that time.
If you need to arrange a payment program for unusually large bills, or if financial problems arise, please contact the billing office at (412) 457-0184.
Form Completion Fee
There is now a fee for form completion that is done other than at the time of your child’s yearly health visit. The fee is $10 for forms needed in 2-3 days. This fee is necessary because of the time taken by staff and physicians to pull the chart, review the records and complete the form. This fee can not be billed. Patient Information Medical Disclaimer Premier Medical Associates PC offers the information on this Web site for general educational purposes only. This information should not be used for diagnosis, nor should it be considered a replacement for consultation with a healthcare professional. If you have questions or concerns about your health or the health of your child or dependant, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.