Clark Avenue Connection

Dr. Ben Meares

Weekend Notes

Written by Dr. Ben Meares


It’s the Weekend, June 25 and 26, 2016

No Walk-In Appointments on the Weekend

  • Patients are seen by appointment only on all holidays and weekends.
  • If you think your child may need to be seen on Saturday or Sunday, call 919-781-7490 in the morning after 9 am and speak to the nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician
  • On the weekends, we see patients in the office in the morning but are available to speak at other times by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.

The Weekend Lineup

After Hours Care

  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2016 Summer Web

June 21, 2016 – At Raleigh Childrens, we love the change of season.

In the spring and summer, it is always good to say “goodbye” to flu season and “hello” to a time that is generally healthier and when we are more physically active. It has become our tradition here to change the banner at the top of our webpage with each season, and – with that change yesterday – we officially welcomed summer.

At Raleigh Childrens, we also love children being active – particularly if they are enjoying themselves because that means they are likely to do it again and take some steps toward developing a good habit. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to highlight this delightful young lady with her multi-colored fingernails who is pictured here and clearly having fun at the pool.

A few things to keep in mind for the summer:

Have a healthy and fun summer.

Dr. Todd Harris

May 30, 2016From today’s News & Observer, a local story about a young accident victim who inspires after losing a leg in a lawn mower accident.

He is in a video that will be shown nation-wide to educate about lawn mower safety:

Some ideas about lawn mower safety from

Lawn Mower Safety - HealthyChildren

Dr. Lily Harris

May 23, 2016Today’s topic:

Breastfeeding and Lactation

RCAM Approved Resource

Our Lactation Consultants

  • We offer lactation support practically every weekday at both Duraleigh and Brier Creek office locations from certified lactation consultants
  • They also provide support by phone when you can’t be seen in person
  • Come in early and often – our lactation consultants are quick to acknowledge that “breastfeeding Is natural and best for baby but often doesn’t always come easy; come in early and often
  • Participating in a breastfeeding class before your baby is born is a helpful first step (many listed below)

Nursing Mothers of Raleigh

  • Volunteer mothers
  • Provide support and encouragement for breastfeeding mothers
  • They offer in home support, phone support, online resources, and free local meetings

Rex Lactation Services

Phone: 919-784-3224

  • Prenatal and postnatal classes
  • In-Hospital Lactation Store where they offer breastfeeding supplies, hospital-grade pump rental, and bra-fitting services for nursing bras

WakeMed Lactation Services

Phone: 919-350-5742

  • Free breastfeeding support groups meeting in three different locations
  • Breastfeeding classes and online education about breastfeeding
  • Hospital-grade breast pump rental

Mothers’ Milk Bank-WakeMed

Phone: 919-350-8599


  • Non-profit milk bank
  • Provides safe donor milk to premature babies in hospitals all along the eastern coast
  • Their website offers information about donating breast milk
  • Outpatient dispensing of donor milk is available when supply permits.


  • Simply plug in your zip code to find breastfeeding support that is close to you


Phone: 919-250-4720, Option 6

  • Supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children
  • Intended for breastfeeding mothers that qualify for the WIC program
  • Breastfeeding classes in English and Spanish
  • Breastfeeding peer counselors
  • Breast pumps for rent
  • In-home support, phone support, and other resources

Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance

  • Organization of healthcare professional working together to care for breastfeeding families in the triangle
  • Although the website is geared more towards medical professionals, it does offer breastfeeding education including prenatal breastfeeding information, tips for new breastfeeding mothers, working mothers breastfeeding, and breastfeeding humor

Dr. Todd Harris


Today is Friday, May 6, 2016

  • We sign off our answering service at 8:00 am to take calls directly from our office until we finish our evening clinic (typically around 7:00 pm).
  • Also – today – two big annual events have fallen for the first time in our 50 year history on the same day!

1. It’s Nurse Appreciation Day

Bev with BorderWhen you ‘Google’ “quotes about nurses” it is clear people really like their nurses.

It makes sense. They often are how things work in healthcare. Typically, it is the nurse who has the most face-to-face contact with the patient. The word nurse is also a verb – we all know good things have happened when someone is “nursed back to health.”

At RCAM, it is no different. We are thankful for our group of competent and caring nurses. We are dependent on that group. We simply don’t work at all without their special set of skills.

Say “Thank You” to a nurse today (or give them some chocolate – they seem to really like chocolate).

We are taking them to the Kanki today for lunch (they insisted on the Kanki after the Front Office had such a great time last week)


2. It’s Sport-A-Shirt-Share-A-Night Day

2016 Sport a ShirtWe have relaxed our dress code today and are wearing t-shirts with this logo on the front in support the Ronald McDonald House. Physicians can – and do – say a lot about the restaurant. We don’t need to cover that again – do we?

The Ronald McDonald House charity supports families who are going through their most difficult times – during the illness of a loved one (like nurses – see above).

RCAM supports this effort each year and get to wear a t-shirt to work (a “win-win”).


And now, a few details about other parts of our day:


  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Today if you arrive at the Duraleigh office during that time your child will be seen by our pediatrician(s) covering walk-in patients. These times are for acute sick visits only (symptoms of a short duration).
  • As always, all other visits today are scheduled by appointment only.

Today’s Lineup

  • On Call PediatricianDr. Jen Long will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Lily Harris, Todd Harris, Jen Long, Ben Meares and Tom Sena
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Rick Gessner and Sarah Owrey

After Hours Care

  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Jamila Fletcher

2016 March of Dimes

Written by Dr. Jamila Fletcher

2016 March of Dimes

May 1,2016 – Yesterday a group from Raleigh Childrens participated in the annual March of Dimes March for Babies in Morrisville at Perimeter Park.

Our choice to support for the March of Dimes was not a hard sale.

We work with the families of premature infants everyday and recognize that when we prevent a premature birth – when a pregnancy is able to go to full term – that is good medicine.

The March of Dimes makes that its important mission. It is an easy cause around which to rally the RCAM-ily. 

If you would like to support the March of Dimes, their website details lots of opportunities to get involved.

Dr. Todd Harris

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Administrative Professionals Day 2016

April 27,2016 – They have such a tough job – some thankless work for which today we will try to thank them.

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Both the Duraleigh and the Brier Creek offices will be closed during lunch while we attempt to make our Front Office Staff feel appreciated at the Kanki!

UPDATE: Sights from Lunch at the Kanki today:

Administrative Professionals Day 2016 mix

Dr Gessner Got Game


Dr. Todd Harris

March of Dimes Bake Sale

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

April 20, 2016 –

Help prevent premature birth and help the care of infants who are born too early – now there is a cause that can justify the purchase of some baked goods!

As you enter the building where our Duraleigh office is located, you will have the opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth while making a contribution to an important cause.

Smiling faces will be selling baked goods from 10:30 am to about 3:00 pm (as long as we have food to sell).