September 5, 2019 – We are having regular business hours at both our Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices.
As the rain is coming down now and with the winds to come this evening, we will finish up like typical this afternoon but will cancel tonight’s Weekday Evening On Call Clinic.
- We will be in both offices until about 5pm today
- Thursday Night Evening On Call Clinic is cancelled
- Dr. Sarah Owrey is on call tonight and will be available for urgent phone calls
- The plan right now for tomorrow is to have a regular day. We will of course reassess as we get up tomorrow in the early morning and know more about the affects of Hurricane Dorian passing by overnight.
Stay safe. Let us know if we can be of help.
August 30, 2019 – In an historic first, we will be changing our website banner a wee bit early.
Fall doesn’t come until September 23rd but announcements have been piling up.
Also, the weather has been a little cooler (I know – I am sure we’ll be in the 90s by the time this posts) and college football begins a full schedule this weekend so here we go…
…we bid adieu to Three Girls on the Beach and hello to Young Girl With Yellow Umbrella in Autumn Park.
1-Dr. Carr Retires
This one will take some time to absorb and appreciate the significance of a career that spanned 40 continuous years at RCAM.
Dr. Carr would like me to keep this brief. May I refer you to the article below for (a few) more details.
2-Nurse Chessica Had Her Baby
Some of you have been following the pregnancy of Chessica – one of our nurses at our Duraleigh office whose name rhymes with Jessica.
She and her husband welcomed Baby Boy Parrish just a few days ago. He weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces.
They feel very blessica-ed. 😀
3-Pediatrician Formerly Known As Emily Ross, MD: Now Known As Emily Mims, MD
In the spring we reported that our very own Emily Ross, MD was getting married.
With Dr. Carr retiring and Emily now Dr. Mims, it is taking some time to update letterhead, name tags, door placards,etc…. but don’t let that confuse you when you see or hear Dr. Mims’ name.
4-Labor Day Holiday
REMINDER: It’s Labor Day weekend. As usual, we will be around.
5-Flu Vaccine 2019-2020
It wouldn’t be a Fall Banner change without mentioning Influenza (“Flu”) Vaccine.
Our supply won’t arrive before October (though it appears the pharmacies already have their supply). October and November are typically good months to get your flu vaccine. Injectible flu vaccine lasts about 6 months. If you get your flu vaccine in October, it should last through March – which is good because that is typically a busy month for flu. Stay tuned though as there have been some reports of early flu activity.
August 28, 2019 – Short, meaningful story: One day in the late 1970’s, a medical student witnessed a pediatric resident spending her lunch with a young patient in the Burn Center at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and thought to herself, “That’s the kind of pediatrician I would like to be.”
Story twist: Turns out that story includes two now former pediatricians from our office as the medical student was Leigh Lehan, MD and the pediatric resident was Marjorie Carr, MD.
Fast forward: June 22, 2018: Dr. Lehan retired from RCAM.
August 28, 2019: Dr. Carr retires from RCAM.
Summary: RCAM has said goodbye to two legends in the last 14 months.
Today was Dr. Carr’s last day. Tomorrow will be a different day for her. And it will be a very different one for our office.
Dr. Carr brought real passion and skill for pediatric medicine to RCAM when she arrived in 1979. if you are wondering about her impact, check out the reactions to a recent Facebook post about her nearing retirement:
Thank you Dr. Carr for forty years of attentive and excellent care for the children of the Triangle!
What you have been doing each day – caring for our most vulnerable and most important members of society – our children – has been so important and so splendidly done!
July 1, 2019 – Whoa. Where did June go?
In case you missed it, we have moved from the spring banner, “Young Child Looks Like My Oldest Daughter“, to our new summer banner: “Three Girls on the Beach“.
A few goings on at RCAM this summer:
1-Camp Physicals, Sports Physicals, Well Visits
Their is a lot of wellness going around again this summer with a lot of families taking care of their annual physicals.
If your child needs a sports physical, your child’s annual well visit will cover that.
Also, remember that a sports physical is valid for sports participation in Wake County Public Schools for 13 months after the date of exam.
So, if your health insurance is like mine and requires 365 days between each will visit, you still have another month to schedule your child’s next well visit / sports physical. Don’t be pressured into going to an Urgent Care of Minute Clinic – taking your child to see their pediatrician for their annual visit is very important.
2-Nurse Shannon B. Had a Baby Boy
Many of you have been following the pregnancy of Shannon B., one of our nurses from our Brier Creek office.
A few weeks ago she gave birth to her baby boy. He weighed in at a healthy 6 lbs and 9 oz. Everyone is doing great.
3-Dr. Carr’s Last Day at RCAM is August 28th
Dr. Carr has been a huge part of Raleigh Childrens & Adolescents Medicine for quite some time.
Next month she will retire after almost 40 years of caring for the children of the Triangle.
How do you say goodbye to a legend?
4-Happy 4th of July
Reminder: this is a holiday week:
- Monday thru Wednesday, July 1st-3rd: Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices both open regular weekday hours
- Thursday, July 4th – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices both closed for the Independence Day holiday; holiday coverage described here (in short, a limited clinic starting at 10am at the Duraleigh office)
- Friday, July 5th – Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices back to being open regular weekday hours
June 7, 2019 – Tomorrow – Saturday, June 8, 2019 – our Duraleigh office will be without power as Duke-Progress Energy will be doing some work on the transformer that serves that building.
Therefore, our typical Saturday After Hours Clinic will take place at our Brier Creek office.
The “Written-In-Stone” Weekend Plan: Saturday, June 8th
- After Hours Clinic with be at the Brier Creek office (click here or see below for directions)
- No Walk-In Appointments on the Weekend
- Patients are seen by appointment only
- If you think your child may need to be seen this weekend, call 919-781-7490 in the morning after 9 am; our answering service will send us a message and you will get a call back from the Weekend Nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician.
- Weekend Clinic begins at 10am. Clinic ending time varies depending on how busy we are.
- After clinic, we are available to speak by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.
The “Stay Tuned” Weekend Plan: Sunday, June 9th
- Power should return later Saturday so that we can return to Duraleigh for our regular Weekend After Hours Clinic on Sunday
- Of all people, we know things can be unpredictable so our Sunday Backup Plan is to use our Brier Creek office again Progress Energy
- If we are going to a backup plan, that information will be posted here on our website
Going Old School (No EMR)
- While the power is down at Duraleigh, we will not have access to our electronic medical records (EMR) system
- We’ll be making a paper record that will be entered into the electronic record later
- We will not be able to send prescriptions electronically; if your child is prescribed a medicine, you will receive a written script that you can take to your pharmacy
Where is the Brier Creek Office?
- Some of you are very familiar with our Brier Creek location and some of you have never been there before. It is right down the road from a Target if you have some other errands to run that day.
- The address of our Brier Creek office is: 10208 Cerny Street, Suite 100, Raleigh, North Carolina 27617 (Click address for directions)
We Appreciate Your Patience
- If your child is seen this weekend, we will do our best to see that things go smoothly
- Being committed to seeing our patients in our office 364 days a year takes some extra effort – we think that is very important and well worth the effort
- Whenever possible, it is best to be able to avoid urgent cares, pharmacy clinics and emergency rooms and see your pediatricians when your child is sick