McKenzie Health Pediatrics
Doctors & Care Providers:
Dr. Maria Marchenko, DIRECTOR OF PEDIATRICS
Dr. Marchenko is the Director of Pediatrics at McKenzie County Healthcare Systems. She brings more than 30 years of medical experience to the position, including 18 years in Pediatrics and four years in Pediatric Critical Care.
Dr. Vincent Adjetey, PEDIATRICIAN
Dr. Adjetey has 25 years of experience, including two years as a general physician in Ghana, 19 years as an OBGYN in the United Kingdom and Ghana and four years as a Pediatrician in the U.S.
We Can Help With
- Wellness visits, health checks, and immunizations;
- Sick and acute illness visits;
- Treatment for common chronic health issues in children like asthma and allergies, stomach problems, skin problems like eczema, and more;
- Basic or initial care for mental health issues like attention and learning problems (ADHD), autism, anxiety, and depression;
- Evaluations and referrals to specialists or physicians, including orthopedic and sports medicine services or services outside of MCHS facilities;
- Evaluations for trauma and minor injuries in children;
- Emergency/Urgent Care and hospital admission; and
- Newborn care.
Common Questions about McKenzie Health Pediatrics
How often should I see my pediatrician?
Any time, for sick visits, and as often as your insurance allows for well-child visits.
The AAP/Bright Futures recommend 3-5 days after birth, at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months, 36 months, and yearly thereafter till 18 yrs.
Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
Yes. This is completely normal!
Is it safe to get a flu shot if I am pregnant?
Yes! The influenza (flu) virus typically infects between 3% and 11% of the U.S. population every year. Most often, it causes symptoms like fever, cough, cold symptoms, muscle aches and fatigue. But it can also lead to serious complications like bacterial pneumonia. In addition, it can worsen chronic medical conditions like asthma and diabetes.
As always, consult your physician.
Is it safe for my baby to travel in a car seat a few hours at a time?
It is important for you and your baby to get out of the car every few hours and take a stretch to avoid restlessness. Try to take a break every 2 to 3 hours for a day trip and every 4 to 6 hours at night to change diapers or soiled clothes, or to feed your baby. Never attempt to breastfeed in a moving car.
How can I protect my child from the dangers of lithium coin and button batteries?
The best way to protect kids from the serious injury caused by these kinds of batteries is by treating them the same way you would when you treat other potentially deadly items in your home, like cleaning products, kitchen knives or medications. Lock them up or limit your child’s access to them as much as possible.
What causes high blood pressure in children?
We generally think of high blood pressure (hypertension) as a problem that only affects adults. But the reality is that it can occur at any age.
In some cases, doctors don’t know exactly what causes hypertension.
However, there are factors that increase a child’s likelihood of having it. These include having a family history of high blood pressure, for example, or obesity.
ASK A NURSE
Call anytime, day or night for immediate non-emergency assistance
Pediatrics ARE Available at the following location:
Rural Health Clinic
709 4th Ave NE
Watford City, ND 58854
Entrance: Use door under the canopy marked Rural Health Clinic.
Parking: In marked MCHS lots directly across from the entrance.