Columbia, MD, July 11, 2016 – KinderMender Walk-In Pediatric Center celebrates its 5th anniversary today.
The full-service, walk-in pediatric center was founded in 2011 by medical director Dr. Keyvan Rafei, who envisioned a clinic that would break the mold of the stuffy, scary doctor’s visit with a relaxed, congenial atmosphere and a friendly, honest relationship with families and children.
KinderMender’s first facility opened in Columbia on July 11, 2011, where it quickly established its trademark colors and open layout – accentuated by a wall-mounted, morale-boosting Choo Choo train. Rapid growth led to the opening of a Laurel location in 2013, followed by a Glen Burnie clinic in 2015.
Since then, KinderMender has tallied more than 170,000 visits from more than 47,000 unique patients, and has enrolled more than 3,000 individuals in its primary care services.
In June of 2015, KinderMender celebrated its 100,000th patient visit at its Laurel location, and a month later was named one of Chesapeake Family magazine’s Favorite Doctors in the Urgent Care category.
It was recently announced that KinderMender has again been named a Favorite Doc by Chesapeake Family readers for the second consecutive year, and will be featured in the magazine’s July 2016 edition.
Additional accolades have included consecutive Celebrating Successes honors from the Howard County Office of Children’s Services in 2014 and 2015, as well as multiple nominations for the Baltimore Business Journal’s Innovator award.
KinderMender has been an avid participant in its communities, as well, and has served as a healthcare experience site for local high school students – many of whom return to seek employment following graduation.
More than 27,000 patient surveys have yielded a 4.95 out of 5 patient satisfaction rating for the pediatric center. The rating serves as a source of pride for Dr. Rafei and his team as they continue to make strides, and earn smiles, thanks to KinderMender’s brief wait times, efficient clinicians, and a steadfast belief that quality health care is about far more than just writing a prescription.
Founded in 2011 by Dr. Keyvan Rafei, KinderMender is a full-service, walk-in pediatric urgent and primary care provider with locations in Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Laurel, Maryland. Each location accepts most insurance providers and has pediatricians, antibiotics, and vaccinations available on-site.
Here are a few photos from our 2011 opening:
Columbia’s first patient!
Before: Dr. Rafei and his family scoping out the Columbia location!
After: What a difference!
Dr. Keyvan Rafei
Founder and Medical Director, KinderMender