Coronavirus Preparedness Update
The coronavirus pandemic also known as COVID-19 is reshaping our world as we speak. We have introduced new phrases into our vocabulary such as social distancing, shelter in place, and no handshaking. These are challenging and stressful times for families as we learn to adopt and adapt to the new rules and learn how to become our child’s teacher while at the same time balancing our own parental and personal needs and worries.
The impact of this outbreak is very personal so I want to take a few minutes to discuss what may be on your mind and what we are doing here at our practice to help support you.
At Pediatric Partners we are your child’s Patient Centered Medical Home. We believe it is essential that this home is a place of care and comfort in a safe environment. For this reason, we are available and here to provide support:
- Our offices all remain open to provide in-person office care when needed.
- Our pediatricians and nurse practitioners are available 24/7 using telemedicine or virtual visits to see your child remotely for an acute illness (sickness), injury, health supervision, routine care or medication management.
- Our behavioral health team is available for teletherapy, parenting & school advice, and psycho-social support for all our patients and families.
The safety and health of our patients, families and staff is our top priority at all times. With this in mind we have implemented the following additional steps to ensure that our offices remain a safe place for your child:
- Modified schedules at each office with dedicated separate time blocks for well visits (newborn, physical examinations, immunization, med checks, consults, injuries) and sick visits.
- Each office has separate exams for well and sick patients.
- We have plenty of PPE (personal protective equipment) and our staff are wearing face masks at all times.
- Patients with suspected COVID-19 exposure or patients with a fever (≥100.4) with cough and/or short of breath will be asked to remain in their cars until staff is safely ready to bring them into the office (providing them with masks) into dedicated exam rooms, ensuring minimized exposure to others.
While we must remain vigilant during this time in reducing transmission of coronavirus with proper social distancing; it is equally as important that children receive timely immunizations. We must not risk the possibility of a second pandemic of measles nor any other vaccine preventable diseases that we can protect against. Please, do not delay scheduling your child’s routine well care and immunizations. Also, please keep in mind that our staff is available to help you to schedule an in-office or telemedicine visit for much needed chronic disease and medication management. This may include timely management of asthma, acne, developmental, mental health and school issues. If your child does not require vaccines at this time, but you have questions or concerns about your child health, development or emotional and psychological well-being, we can schedule an annual well child/adolescent telemedicine visit during which we can explore important health topics such as healthy lifestyles, school concerns, reducing risky behaviors and your child’s emotional and psychological well-being.
Please stay tuned-in to this webpage and social media for more helpful tips including:
- Talking to children about COVID-19 by our psychologist Dr. Raquel Anderson
- Fun video on belly breathing to reduce stress
- Practicing safe social distancing with children by Dr. Sara Connolly
- Tips on creating a daily routine schedule for your child.
As pediatric specialists, caring for others is at the core of what we do here at Pediatric Partners every day. We will get through this together. This is a time we should all practice kindness and stay optimistic.
We will be here, with you, for your child for years to come……
Tommy Schechtman, MD, MSPH, FAAP
Pediatrician, President & CEO Pediatric Partners