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Dr. Peg Orcutt

About the Author Dr. Peg Orcutt

Dr. Orcutt is an Urgent Care physician at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Orcutt is board certified in both pediatrics and emergency medicine. She is also a Fellow and immediate past president of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians. The first part of her career was spent in the Naval Medical Corps. where she served 28 years, retiring with the rank of Captain. She has been at Cincinnati Children’s for more than 10 years and her commitment to clinical excellence and dedication to efficiency and patient safety are hallmarks of her approach to medicine.


  1. Dr (Captain) Orcutt!
    Hello again!
    I worked with you at WPAFB.
    I went around the world and ended up at CCHMC myself. After 17 yrs in the ER trenches, I’ve gone to the world of NICU, so I doubt I’ll get to see you in person. (yes still working nights :-)) I do miss the ER some days.
    Heidi Staub, Capt (sep) USAF

    heidi staub - March 9, 2013 at 1:04 am Reply
  2. urgent care physicians are often the best choice for most healthcare needs. Not only do they have a personal relationship with your child, but they know your child’s medical history, including allergies, vaccinations and recent illnesses. However, it can be difficult to see your doctor on short notice or after-hours… and some medical issues need immediate attention.

    urgent care - July 23, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply
  3. Thank you, this is extremely well-written! Very good information to keep on hand.

    Jen - November 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm Reply
  4. Thanks for sharing this advice on choosing between urgent care and the emergency room for different injuries. I agree that it is probably a good idea to go to an urgent care center when the injury needs to be looked at immediately, but isn’t life altering. However, more serious issues like a serious chronic illness should definitely warrant a trip the ER. However, the level of care at emergency medical centers can vary from place to place.

    Delores Lyon - May 21, 2015 at 6:35 pm Reply
  5. When it comes to having to go to hospital, it is actually a good idea to know how to differentiate. I like how you have tips to determine if something is an ER emergency or Urgent Care emergency. I will definitely want to pass this on to my friends who have kids as well so that way they can have peace of mind. http://www.tricitymedical.net

    Katie Jones - June 3, 2015 at 12:41 pm Reply
  6. As a parents, we all worry about our children and want to provide them with the best care. Sometimes it is hard to know where to take them for this care, but this post helps me know the best option. I really like that this has specific lists for the ER and urgent care center, so there doesn’t need to be any question of what to do. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    June Robinson - September 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm Reply
  7. I think a good way to know if our child should go to the emergency room is, as you mentioned, if they are in a life-threatening emergency. Like June said in her comment, as parents we all worry about our children. I want my son to be healthy and taken care of. We had to go to the emergency room once when he was younger. Everything was taken care of perfectly and we were so glad we took him to the emergency room, he received the right care because of it. Thanks for your really helpful article on taking care of our kids.

    Logan Murphy - October 26, 2015 at 10:07 am Reply
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