If you have sick child with special needs, they are GREAT medically. If you are into natural/alternative medicine and not putting your kid on medicine at the drop of a hat, probably not for you.
Following are the + & - that I experienced suring our 5 years of using Roseville.
+They are the Pediatric Drs. at LGH. So if you go to the ER at LGH, you are probably going to be seen by a Roseville Dr. If your child is admitted, a Roseville Dr. is in the building most of the time.
+ Most Drs. have a specialty. The Dr. may not have been specifically teated in say "asthma" but keeps up with the latest research and is considered the in-house "asthma specialist.
+They are not afraid to refer a patient out when that patient is beyond typical (Dr. Rilley & Dr. Zehr). We needed appointments with both a pediatric pulminologist and pediatric pulminologist. Not only did they get the one Dr. on the phone to discuss my son's case while we were sitting there, but we also had appointments within a week. I have friends at different practices that have waited MONTHS to see the same Drs.
+Overall, I really was happy with the Drs.
+If you have a child that medically should get a flu shot, I have never had a problem getting my son's in Oct/ early Nov.
+They went to bat with my insurance company to get the $1000/ month RSV shot for my premmie son.
+I fell down the stairs at 4 weeks with my son. When I called, they had me come in immediately. Dr Krak was very thorough and sent to LGH for x-rays where we did not wait and got the results just as quick.
+My son had an asthma attack at 3. We saw Dr. Krak. He did not hear wheezing but decided to pull out the oxygen measuring machine (not all ped offices have one of these). The result was low enough that we were sent right over and were admitted immediately. Upon arrival, another Roseville Dr. that had been briefed on my son was in his room about 20 minutes after his arrival.
-/+When my son had an asthma attack at 2, Dr. Krak did not hear wheezing and sent us home. The following day, we had a pulminologist appointment. The reason there was no wheezing was because he was not moving enough to wheeze (mommy learned alot about asthma too). Upon calling the office manager to relay this, I got a call within hours from his primary pediatrician. We discussed an action plan for follow up issues like this. His chart also got an asthma sticker plastered across the front. I feel that is part of the reason why we had a different outcome the next year-- see above.
-Other than your well child checks, don't plan on seeing your primary pediatrician when your child gets sick.
-I have a friend whose son was allergic to nuts and wheat. She had concerns about it and they dismissed it. She had to learn about elimination diets herself and go back once she was sure and fight for them to do the testing.
-In the end, we left this practice because they do not support our use of the feingold diet. Feingold elminates artificial colors, flavors, sweetners, certain preservatives and naturally occuring salicilates (tomatoes, grapes, berries to name a few). When my son does not follow this diet, he gets cold symptoms the next day. If he continues eating the food over a few days, it leads to asthma/ acidic, cronic diareah/ sinus infections-- or all three. When I first presented our use to Dr. Zehr, she said that the diet had not been properly tested and did not show conclusively that it helped or hurt behavior. I tried the diet to help cronic diareah, not behavior (where I agree that results can be subjective)-- I don't feel like she was even open to listening to me and what it had done for Jay. When he needed an antibiotic, Dr. Rilley was not willing to prescribe one that did not incude artifical colors. Her comment "What is a few days of diareah?" was the final straw. My son's Hershey Pulminologist believed in the diet after seeing my son go from two daily asthma medications to no symptoms and no medication over the course of 18months (he even put his niece on it)-- it is unfortunate that Roseville could not be as open minded.