North Metro Pediatrics holds open house

An open house was hosted Oct. 12 by North Metro Pediatrics in the parking lot of its Coon Rapids clinic.

Hillary Mendoza, 9, has her face painted by Kristine Marchione at the North Metro Pediatrics open house Saturday.

Hillary Mendoza, 9, has her face painted by Kristine Marchione at the North Metro Pediatrics open house Saturday.

There were children’s games, face painting, balloon animals, food and drawings for prizes, including a grand prize of a boys’ and girls’ bike donated by Bike Corps for Kids.

Guest speaker was State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, who is a former Minnesota Secretary of State and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Health and Human Services Division.

The clinic, founded in 2005 by Connie Blackwell, is the only clinic in the county and one of the few in the Twin Cities that provides pediatric care to children and teens on a sliding fee scale based on family incomes and federal poverty guidelines.

The mission of the clinic is to improve the health and well-being of children in the north metro by providing affordable and accessible pediatric care focused on prevention.

The clinic is located at 10081 Dogwood St. NW. Its hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information call 763-783-3722 or go online to www.northmetropeds.org.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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