Philadelphia FIGHT’s Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center is now open and accepting new patients from birth through age 18.
The Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center at Philadelphia FIGHT is dedicated to providing high quality, comprehensive, primary care to address the physical, emotional and sexual health needs of inner-city children and youth from birth through age 18, regardless of ability to pay. We recognize that inner-city children have unique needs and deserve the highest quality of care.
- Same-day appointments
- Well-child care (routine checkups)
- School, sports and camp physicals
- Sick Visits
- Immunizations (including catch-up vaccines for children who are behind)
- Onsite Social Worker and Benefits Coordinator
- Screening for mental health problems (such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Autism)
- Primary care, family planning, and reproductive health services ages 13+ (through our Y-HEP program)
For more information please contact Dr. Mario Cruz, Medical Director, Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
(We will begin with evening hours in August)
We recognize that life happens and that sometimes you won’t be able to make it on time. We will do our very best to provide necessary services to your child, even if you are late. However, this won’t always be possible. The only way to guarantee that we can see your child is to show up on time for a scheduled appointment.
We will take excellent care of your children, no matter what insurance they have, and even if they have no insurance at all. Children without insurance will be referred to our benefits coordinator, who will be able to help you apply for insurance. It is critical that your child be insured. Even if we see you, many specialists will only see patients with insurance and many medications are too expensive to afford without insurance.
We will accept patients on a walk-in basis, however they must be already established as patients in our practice. Our walk-in hours are 9-10am and 1-2 pm (Monday-Friday). We cannot accommodate walk-in well child visits, these visits are meant for patients who are sick. We only accept a few walk-in patients per day so if you walk-in and we are completely booked there is a possibility that we might not be able to see you. We strongly recommend that you call our office and schedule an appointment if your child needs to be seen. In some cases we might be able to solve your problem without you having to come to our office, that would save you lots of time!
The only way to guarantee that your child will be seen is to arrive on-time for a scheduled appointment.
If you are having a medical emergency please go to the closest emergency room or call 911.
If your child is sick, and it is not an emergency, please call us at 215-525-8600. We are available 24 hours a day to answer questions about your sick child. If you call after-hours or on the weekends a nurse will handle your phone call, if they are unable to completely handle your situation they will notify one of our medical providers. Remember, if it is NOT an emergency and your child is sick please CALL US FIRST before going to an emergency department or an urgent care center. Many times we can handle your issue over the telephone, which will save you tons of time and stress.
It is recommended that children are seen at the following ages for a full physical:
- 3 days old
- 7 days old
- 2 weeks old
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 30 months old
- 36 months old
- 4 years old
- (Then once a year from age 4 to age 18)
At these visits we will perform a full physical exam, make sure your child is growing appropriately, perform screening tests (like vision and hearing), perform any necessary blood tests (like anemia and lead testing), check for developmental and behavior problems (like speech delay, autism and ADHD), and check for anything that might be causing stress for your family (like housing problems or running out of food). Families who are experiencing significant stress will be offered the opportunity to meet with our family support specialist.
It is our strong medical recommendation that all children receive vaccines according to the schedule provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We vaccinate our own children according to these schedules. Vaccines are safe, they are effective, and they save lives. When you vaccinate your child you are also protecting others in the community who are too weak, small or sick to protect themselves from dangerous diseases.
We also recognize that parents have a legal right to refuse to vaccinate for religious, medical or strong personal convictions. We will not shame or “kick out” families who have made these decisions. However, we will recommend catch-up vaccines to these families at every visit to our office with the expectation that these children will eventually become fully vaccinated.
Click below for the current recommended vaccine schedules. Please talk to your child’s provider for any questions.
Meet Our Providers
Mario Cruz, MD
Dr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who joins Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for our Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center. He completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology from Union College, his medical school training at Albany Medical College, his residency training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and his Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. He joins FIGHT after 9 years as an academic pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where he led the medical training program as an Associate Residency Program Director.
Natasha Hoyte is a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Prior to joining Philadelphia FIGHT in 2016, Ms. Hoyte worked for 2 years as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Quality Community Healthcare, Inc. in North Philadelphia.