Why Choose Advanced Pediatrics?

Why Choose Advanced Pediatric Associates?

The partners at Advanced Pediatrics have taken special care to develop a model for pediatric care which combines the benefits and services of a larger group practice with the personalized care of a smaller physician office. We are committed to our customer service slogan -- "Big enough to meet your needs ... Small enough to show we care!" Our providers and staff strive to provide personalized, compassionate care, while our larger size and years of experience allow us to offer a wide range of services to meet your needs.

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Our History and Success

For over 45 years, Advanced Pediatric Associates has been dedicated to providing quality health care to infants, children and adolescents. Founded in 1972 by Dr. Michael Kurtz and Dr. Lee Thompson, Advanced Pediatrics now has offices in Aurora, Centennial, Parker and Denver / Stapleton. The success of Advanced Pediatrics can be directly attributed to the original vision of our founding partners in creating a pediatric practice that not only provides excellent clinical care to children, but also emphasizes the importance of building strong bonds and lasting trust with families. Generations of children have been fortunate to call APA their "medical home."

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What Makes Advanced Pediatrics Special?

With over 45 years of experience, we have taken special care to develop the services parents need in caring for their children as they grow. Our provider staff consists of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in providing pediatric care for children from infancy through adolescence. We strive to foster a caring partnership with families. Our goal is to provide a "medical home" to our patients, where families can expect compassionate and comprehensive pediatric care, convenient access to quality after-hours advice, and professional coordination of care between our providers and community specialists and services.

We focus on the health and well-being of the whole child and believe in the importance of continuity of care (including regular well care and immunizations). Our comprehensive services are provided to address a wide range of patients' needs, including preventative medicine, acute (sick) and chronic illnesses, disabilities, developmental and behavioral issues, adolescent / gynecological concerns, multiple births and prematurity.

Our Nurse Line has set the gold standard for providing pediatric triage to families, and has been recognized as a model for others in the local pediatric community. Advanced Pediatrics has been a leader in implementing an electronic medical records system (EMR). Our EMR makes patients' medical records immediately available to our providers and staff at all of our locations, resulting in greater continuity of care and improved clinical safety. We value our patients' time and do our very best to minimize wait times. Our care coordinators utilize a sophisticated scheduling system that gives our providers the necessary time to see patients based on the patient's medical needs, and we never double-book appointments unless we are faced with an emergency situation. In order to consistently provide the most advanced care to our patients, our clinical committee meets regularly to review the latest advancements in pediatric care. We highly value and support continuing education for our providers and staff. Our providers have a close relationship with specialists and staff at Children's Hospital Colorado and participate in the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center pediatric teaching program.

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Our Comprehensive Services Include:

  • Comprehensive well care exams
  • Same-day sick care
  • Urgent visits when medically necessary
  • "Nurse Line" for questions about illness and newborn care
  • After-hours nurse advice & on-call physician
  • Free "Meet the Doctor" visits for expectant parents
  • Newborn visits at many area hospitals
  • Lactation assistance
  • Developmental screening
  • Saturday morning appointments (sick children / newborn care)
  • Specialized care for asthma, ADHD, behavioral and adolescent health
  • Coordination of referrals to specialists
  • 24 hour home-care advice on website
  • MyChart patient portal
  • Electronic medical records
  • Regular patient communication through e-news, blog and Facebook
  • Convenient locations in Centennial, Aurora, Stapleton, and Parker (pediatrics)
  • Most insurance plans accepted


In partnership with parents, Advanced Pediatric Associates has been caring for three generations of families.

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Importance of a "Medical Home"

Choosing a medical home for your child is an important decision. A medical home provides the framework for your family and your health care provider to work together to build a partnership that assures your child quality health care, as well as consistent support for your family during infancy, childhood and adolescence.

Advanced Pediatrics prides itself on being a medical home for its patients and families. We recognize the importance of providing a wide variety of services for our families to meet their varying needs. Our nurse line, web-site, and patient portal are all examples of providing value added services to our patients and families. When we are closed, our after-hours service through Children's Hospital Colorado extends the same advice patients would receive from our office.

The providers at Advanced Pediatrics recommend contacting our office anytime - day or night - when your child needs medical care or advice. During business hours, our nurse line can help you decide if an appointment is advisable or if home care advice might be a better option. If your child is sick when our office is closed, you may talk to registered nurses with the Children's Hospital Colorado After-Hours Service, who use the same pediatric care protocols as our nurses use during the day. Our on-call physician is available 24 hours a day for issues that require more immediate attention. Each time your child is seen for an appointment or you speak with one of our nurses or the after-hours service, information is integrated into your child's medical record to ensure it is complete and care is consistent.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a public service announcement regarding the importance of consistent pediatric care provided by a primary care physician. An excerpt of this announcement reads:

"Parents need to be cautious when considering seeking care for their children at in-store clinics... Consistency is key to proper health care. With every visit and phone call, the pediatrician is learning about your child's health care needs, enabling her to make decisions with complete knowledge and information. This is why children's health care is ideally delivered or coordinated through the child's 'medical home', the office of the primary-care pediatrician."

Consistent with this statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, we recommend against patients seeking care at retail based health clinics or urgent care facilities, as providers at these clinics have no access to your child's medical record or health history.  If you believe your child needs medical attention after hours, we recommend you call us first and our After Hours Service or On-Call Physician will evaluate the situation and a make recommendation for medical care.

If your child needs to be seen after hours we recommend he or she be seen at one of the Children's Hospital Colorado locations. Records from Children's Hospital Colorado are available to our providers for follow-up care through our PedsConnect EMR. For life threatening emergencies, always call 911.

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Advanced Pediatrics Wins Community Awards!

2009 - 2016   "Family Favorite Pediatric Practice" -- eight years in a row -- Colorado Parent Magazine

2014   "5280 Top Doctor" -- Dr. Bradley Kurtz -- 5280 Magazine

2012   "Best Pediatric Practice" in Centennial -- Community Media of Colorado and Centennial Citizen Newspaper

2011   "Readers' Choice for Best Pediatrician" -- Centennial Citizen Newspaper

2010   "BETTER PERFORMING PRACTICE" -- National Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

2008  "Denver Pediatric Success Story" -- National Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

2008  "Best of the Best" in Pediatrics -- Kids Pages Magazine

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Read More About Advanced Pediatrics in Health & Wellness Magazine

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