Golf tournament to support North Metro Pediatrics

North Metro Pediatrics will host its sixth annual golf tournament Thursday, June 20 at Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake.

Following an outdoor barbecue, the shotgun start begins at 1 p.m.

“The beautiful course, delicious food and drinks, and best-ball, scramble style play will give players a chance to have a fun afternoon away from work, while at the same time supporting the most vulnerable youth and families in their community,” said Connie Blackwell, executive director, North Metro Pediatrics, Coon Rapids.

According to Blackwell, the North Metro Peds Golf Classic has continued to grow each year, with 2013 slated to have over 130 people in attendance.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Wells Fargo. Polar Chevrolet will offer a car as a prize for a hole-in-one. Golfers can also improve their skills on the course, with a golf pro from GolfTEC.

After the tournament is over, golfers will be invited back to the club for a dinner, a silent auction and a program. Prizes will be awarded as well.

North Metro Pediatrics was co-founded in 2005 by Blackwell. The licensed nurse practitioner has seen the clinic; the support for it and the patient base continue to grow, she said.

The clinic continues to see new patients at a rate of 30 or more every month.

It operates on a sliding fee scale based in family income levels and federal poverty guidelines, according to Blackwell.

“North Metro Pediatrics is the only clinic in the county and one of very few in the entire Twin Cities to offer pediatric care on a sliding fee scale,” Blackwell said.

“It is its mission to provide affordable care to all children in need and they never turn anyone away because of lack of insurance or inability to pay.

“It will see children up to the age of 21 who are underinsured or have no insurance at all, but also have contracts with all the major insurance companies.”

Blackwell and her staff provide care to over 600 families in the north metro community and have noticed a steady increase in patients with high deductible health care, little medical coverage or no insurance at all, she said.

“There’s no doubt we continue to see families come into our clinic who are struggling,” said Blackwell. “It is so important to get these families and their young ones medical care.

“Underinsured children are five times more  likely to not receive needed medical treatment and three times as likely to not receive necessary prescription medicine.”

This year’s tournament will again help raise funds to support the year-round necessities of this clinic. Additional sponsors are TCF Bank, Quirky, Cool Air Mechanical, Lube Tech, Polar Chevrolet and Parsons Electric.

The registration fee is $150 per player. Space is still available. Register at

North Metro Pediatrics is 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization. Donations are fully tax deductible. Learn more at