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919-969-9611

Patient-focused primary care pediatricians serving Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Pittsboro and Mebane North Carolina.

Village Pediatrics specializes in pediatric medicine for a child&''physical, emotional and developmental health.

Confirm Appointments During the Storm

PLEASE CALL US BEFORE LEAVING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT!
Don't risk life & limb on the road during inclement weather! Before leaving home for your appointment, please call us at 919 969 9611 to confirm we have arrived & are open for your appointment.  We anticipate normal operating hours but this may change as weather conditions persist.  Staff will arrive as early as is safely possible.  IF the office is closed & we are unavailable for your appointment, WE WILL CONTACT YOU TO RESCHEDULE.  Please be sure your voice mail identifies the family name and tel# so that we may leave a detailed message.
 
Thank you!

 

Prepare for Hurricane Florence!

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on us, take steps now to make sure that you and your family are safe. You can find more information here: www.nhc.noaa.gov

Also, here is a great website for kids about preparing for disasters.  Be sure to get them involved - they might even have fun with it! www.ready.gov

 
 
Tips for getting started:
 
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
 
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
Flashlight
First aid kit
Extra batteries
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
 
 
 
Develop and document plans for your specific risks:

Protect yourself and family with a Family Emergency Plan
Be sure to plan for locations away from home
Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.
Prepare your boat and be aware of marine safety if you are on or near the water.
 

October is Flu Vaccine Month!!

We will be offering the quadrivalent influenza vaccine to children 6 months and older AND their parents!
These can be given at your childs' regular wellness appointment or during our special flu clinics.
We are also offering FluMist- nasal vaccine for children ages 2 and up.
October’s flu clinic schedule is posted below.
Please call to reserve your space and let us know if your child prefers the FluMist vaccine.
 
October 2018
Every Monday 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Every Tuesday 9:00am - 11:00am
Every Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:30pm
 
Friday October 5th- 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Friday October 12th- 3:30pm - 4:30pm
 
Saturday October 13th- 8:00am - 12:00pm
Saturday October 20th- 8:00am - 12:00pm
 
 

Recall Notice!

Children's Advil bubble gum flavor recalled due to overdose concerns

Heads up, parents: Children’s Advil Suspension Bubble Gum flavor has been voluntarily recalled due to overdose concerns.
 
 
Medical Home Information Page

Dear Parent,

At Village Pediatrics, our practice was founded on the concept of a MEDICAL HOME. Nationally, many organizations and managed care institutions [such as BCBS] have begun to formally define the principles attributed to a medical home and to recognize the added value to patient care that is realized when these principles are adopted. Guidelines have been developed to help measure attainment of these ideals. A team here at Village Pediatrics comprised of Kim Gush [lead physician], Maria Mekeel [head nurse], and Kathy Glickman [office manager] has been hard at work for the last few months reviewing current best practice models and guidelines and defining areas where we can improve! We have collaborated with our Village Peds colleagues to build a framework for patient care visits that will enhance the care you receive as a patient in our practice. As part of this process, we are applying to the National Committee for Quality Assurance [NCQA] for Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition.

What does all this mean to you and your family?

1. A personal primary care physician:

This means that whenever possible we will schedule your appointments with the doctor identified by you as your child’s “primary care provider”

2. Enhanced access to care:

This means that your care providers are available when you need us through systems such as open scheduling, expanded hours and new options for communication between patients, their personal physician, and practice staff.

3. Quality and safety are hallmarks of the medical home:

Practices advocate for their patients to achieve optimal, healthy outcomes. These are defined by a care planning process driven by a partnership between physician led care teams, patients, and the patient’s family.

  • Evidence-based medicine and clinical decision-support tools to guide medical decision making.
  • Physicians embrace continuous quality improvement through voluntary engagement in performance measurement and improvement.
  • Patients actively participate in decision-making, and feedback is sought to ensure patients’ and family’s expectations are being met.
  • Information technology is utilized appropriately to support optimal patient care, performance measurement, patient education, and enhanced communication.
  • Practices go through a voluntary recognition process by an appropriate non-governmental entity [such as NCQA] to demonstrate that they have the capabilities to provide patient centered services consistent with the medical home model.

We have initiated several Quality Improvement Projects including:

  • Structured Care Plan visits for children 12yo and up with a diagnosis of ADHD and treated with stimulant medications. This cohort is at risk for many complications related to poorly treated ADHD such as school failure or dropout, substance use/abuse, sexual promiscuity, delinquency, and accidental injury.  At these visits we will spend time listening to your concerns, sharing the latest patient education materials, checking blood pressure and weight, then collaborating with parents and kids to define specific goals and target areas where improvement can be achieved.
  • Structured Care Plan visits for children 4yo and up with Body Mass Index [BMI] over 95 %ile. These children are at high lifetime risk for complications from obesity such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Our care teams will work with your family to provide all necessary resources to help your child overcome this serious health condition.
  • Structured Care Plan visits for children with developmental delays or other special needs. These children need access to ancillary therapies and require a great deal of coordination of care. It is important to follow them closely so that adequate progress is made and optimal outcomes are achieved.
  • Well child care is an essential component of the Pediatric Medical Home.
    • We have initiated a Quality Improvement project at the 12-month WCC to increase the percentage of patients who receive the Varicella vaccine at this visit. This important vaccine prevents chicken pox illness and therefore prevents shingles as well! Currently, we immunize approx 62 % with this vaccine at the 12-month WCC but our goal is > 90%! We will be offering education regarding this at the 9 month and the12 month visit and hope to see our percentages increase over the next few months.
    • Autism incidence is increasing and now 1 in 88 children may be affected by this disorder. Early diagnosis and prompt therapies result in excellent outcomes and many of these children are indistinguishable from their peers.AmericanAcademy recommends screening through the use of a validated survey tool such as the M-CHAT at the 18-month WCC and the 24 mo WCC. Currently, approx 55 % of our 18-month-old patients have this screening at their well child check but our goal is 100%. We are developing electronic prompts in our electronic medical record system to assure that this important screening is performed!

To learn more about Patient Centered Medical Home certification check out this website:

http://www.ncqa.org/Programs/Recognition/PatientCenteredMedicalHomePCMH.aspx

See our website and our Facebook page to monitor our progress and suggest other areas that will benefit from a quality improvement project!

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT  MEASURES

Village Pediatrics is constantly striving to measure our standards with a goal to improve our performance.

Click on the PDF, to see the charts.

Quality Improvement Measures