Local pediatrician opens health clinic in Pahrump

After working as a pediatrician for several medical providers in Pahrump, Dr. Karen Swarts made the decision to start her own practice this year.

As such, Dr. Swarts, a pediatric specialist with over 23 years of experience in the medical field, her clinic, Swarts Pediatrics, at 1280 East Calvada Boulevard.

She graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine Medical School in 1998.

After her residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, she became an assistant professor there for a few years, but eventually realized she was not the academic type, so she moved back to Buckeye state.

“I was there for about four years and it was an interesting situation because I only had about two days off a month, so it was just a bit much,” she recalls. “Then I finally came to Nevada.”

Catering for all families

dr. Swarts also spoke about how her practice differs from that of other facilities in the area.

“It’s different in the fact that what we’re trying to do is cater to all kids, not just certain sets of them,” she said. “We’re going to try to do a so-called rural health clinic because that makes it so much easier to get our results because let’s face it, if we don’t, we can’t stay open. Medicaid itself doesn’t pay the best for kids, and there are a lot of kids here who use some form of Medicaid. If we do the rural health clinic, we can get that result and not worry about not taking that many and things like that.

This is what we do

As for what kind of medical procedures she and her staff can perform, Dr. Swarts first on what her institution doesn’t do.

“We don’t do broken bones, but if you think it’s a sprain versus a broken bone, we can lean somehow,” she said. “If you’re pretty sure it’s broken, you might want to go to the emergency room or the ER. We’re not doing stitches either, but we’re doing wellness checks, and we’re going to do immunizations, sports physicals and all that sort of thing. My nurse is Barbara Stiffler, and she’s been in the community for about two years.

In addition, Dr. Swarts about what kind of medical insurance her clinic currently accepts.

“Right now we’re definitely on Medicaid, and we’re working on about three or four others,” she noted. “We’re in what’s called the charging process, so we’re working on that. We’ll post the most common ones here and try to expand from there. A lot of the people here were carefree or had to pay out of pocket, so because of that issue I decided it was time to open my own practice so I could take care of not only Medicaid but people with insurance plus Nevada Control.”

Virtual visits

Furthermore, Dr. Swarts notes that her facility will also offer telehealth services, primarily out of concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It won’t be a big one, because unfortunately with children you can’t look in an ear over the phone,” she insisted. “If your child can’t taste or smell, please don’t come in. You have to get them tested because let’s face it, we don’t have to expose a lot of people to that. We don’t have them yet, but we will also be doing COVID-19 testing here.”

Swarts Pediatrics hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, but the office is closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

There will be a special ribbon cutting and festive opening ceremony on Monday, September 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information about the services the clinic offers, or to schedule an appointment, call 775-910-7337.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

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