Mountaintop Medicine from Estes Park Health: Estes Park Health’s pediatric providers offer 24/7 care for the community’s children
Four dedicated doctors make up Estes Park Health’s pediatric team. With the departure of long-time EPH pediatrician Dr. Mark Wiesner at the end of March, some parents may be wondering which provider to make appointments with.
Pediatrician Dr. Megan Ross sees patients at EPH Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In addition to Dr. Ross, Family Practice Drs. Robyn Zehr, Paige Dekker and Bridget Dunn also take care of children.
“We are here for parents 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Dr. Ross said. “We see a lot of children from the Estes Park community and also Allenspark, Glen Haven, Drake, Pinewood Springs and even a couple of patients who come up from Lyons.”
One of the four doctors who make up the pediatric team is at Estes Park Health each weekday. One of them is always on call.
“If you have something that comes up at 2 a.m. – your child is vomiting or has a fever, or you have a question that just can’t wait until 8 a.m. – there is always someone who is happy to talk to you no matter what time of the day it is,” Dr. Ross emphasized.
If you need help after hours, call (970) 586-2200 and ask for the pediatric provider on call.
Dr. Bridget Dunn – who also serves as the Medical Chief of Staff at EPH – is one of the family practice physicians who sees kids of all ages.
““I have been seeing more pediatric patients over the last six weeks,” Dr. Dunn noted. “It’s been so wonderful. It fills my cup because I love seeing kids.”
Dr. Dunn explained that parents of former patients of Dr. Weisner can call the clinic’s main number at (970) 586-2200 and indicate their choice from among the four pediatric providers. If your child is not in need of an acute-care visit or a well-child visit now, you can tell the clinic who your preference is for your child’s doctor going forward. That change will be made in your child’s electronic medical record.
“What we do know through the pandemic, unfortunately, all of us have fallen behind in preventive care,” Dr. Dunn pointed out. “Many people were scared to come in. We do have children who have been seen several times for acute care issues who maybe have not gotten ‘well-child’ care. It’s important to keep up with immunizations and making sure that everything is going well developmentally.”
While Estes Park Health no longer provides inpatient pediatric care overnight in the hospital, the pediatric providers work closely with hospitals that provide higher levels of care down valley. Any transfer to one of those facilities would be guided by EPH to enable a smooth transition of care.
“We want our community to know we are honored to help take care of your children,” Dr. Ross emphasized.