MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care Opens Its Doors In Tarzana

By Alana Epstein

MVP Pediatric CareMVP Pediatric & Urgent Care (, a state-of-the-art clinic that offers pediatric urgent care medical services to the San Fernando Valley pediatric patient population, opened to the public in May. Located at 18555 Ventura Blvd., Ste. B, Tarzana, the clinic is equipped with highly trained board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurses, mental health professionals and other support services to evaluate and treat non-life-threatening emergencies.

Open seven days a week, including all major holidays, MVP welcomes walk-in patients and those with appointments from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

As you walk into the building, the musical sounds of artists such as Bob Marley and the Beatles float through the air, and the Lifeguard Bear logo invites children and their families into the Southern California Beach-themed center. A “boardwalk” runs from one end of the facility to the other, with authentic surf-boards once used by SoCal surfers, and a life-guard tower with a perched seagull that rests against one wall of the waiting room. Kids can wait comfortably with their parents or guardians on the couches in the waiting area and play with the handful of beach balls found there. Netflix streams children’s movies, and you won’t find any white lab coats here. In fact, in keeping with the unique child-friendly environment, the doctors, nurses and office staff all wear the same Lifeguard T-shirts with the company logo. While some might find this unconventional for a medical center, MVP is about breaking down boundaries and seeking to meet the community’s needs where they begin.

The co-founders are a Pediatric Critical-Care Intensivist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who saw the importance of having a local pediatric urgent care facility to meet the needs of children and families. One of the co-founders three children needed emergency services, and, finding no local urgent-care center available, they drove to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The idea for MVP Pediatric & Urgent Care came out of this stressful experience.

The pediatrician-run facility boasts nurses and doctors who are CHLA trained, and at MVP, your child is their Most Valuable Patient! Some of the treatments provided include sedation for painful or stressful procedures, IV hydration therapy and much more. MVP also offers lab testing and state-of-the-art radiology technology on premises.

As a facility solely dedicated to caring for the particular medical and emotional needs of children, the doctors and nurses at MVP are dedicated to being the leaders in Pediatric Urgent Care medicine for their community. You can be confident that your children- newborns, toddlers, pre-schoolers, grade-schoolers, your adolescents and young adults – are receiving the highest standard of quality medical care available to them in urgent or stressful situations. They are credentialed with most insurance companies, and unlike an emergency room you will find no hidden facility fees.

MVP ’s goal is to meet the healthcare needs of the children in their community, working alongside and supplementing the primary care services of the pediatrician’s office. Doctors relay pertinent information to their patient’s pediatrician’s office in a timely manner to guarantee continuity of care. If you do not currently have a pediatrician, MVP is dedicated to finding you the right doctor for your child. They also refer patients who need additional care to appropriate nearby specialists.

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