Clark Avenue Connection

Dr. Sarah Owrey

Today at RCAM: Friday Notes

Written by Dr. Sarah Owrey

It is Friday, July 19, 2019

Today is a Typical Weekday at RCAM

  • This morning we sign off from our answering service at 8:00 am to take phone calls directly from our office.
  • Doors open at both the Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices at 8:00 am
  • Brier Creek office will close at 5:00 pm.
  • We will be in the Duraleigh office until we finish our On Call Evening Clinic (typically 7:00 pm)

Walk-Ins

  • 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.
  • Walk-In appointments 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. Sarah Owrey will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital and running our On Call Evening Clinic.
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Muff Carr, Lily Harris, Todd Harris, Sarah Owrey and Tom Sena
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Rick Gessner and Emily (Ross) Mims

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. Rick Gessner

Thursday Notes: Happy 4th of July Edition

Written by Dr. Rick Gessner

Today is Thursday, July 4, 2019

Today is an RCAM Office Holiday

  • Both offices are closed for regular business today, but – like other holidays – we will offer a limited clinic at the Duraleigh Office
  • Patients will be seen today by appointment only – there are no walk-in appointments
  • If you think your child may need to be seen, call 919-781-7490
  • If possible, call in the morning (best time is between 9am and 11am) and speak to the nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician
  • 4th of July Holiday clinic begins at 10 am
  • After clinic, we are available to speak by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.

The Holiday Lineup:

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 2019 Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Three girls on the beach

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

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Today at RCAM: Sunday Notes

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Feel the Power: We have a New Transformer!

  • Actually the building that we lease office space from has a new transformer – but that is something
  • We are back at our typical Duraleigh location for our Sunday After Hours Clinic
  • BIG SHOUT OUTS TO:
    • Office manager Debbie for all her prep work and for being at the office at 6:30am to make sure everything went as smooth as possible
    • Nurse Liz who spent the week preparing for Saturday After Hours Clinic to be held in a new location with no electronic medical records – her work made today’s clinic go very well
    • The Duke Progress Energy Crew for getting it done just like they said they would – even in the rain!

It’s a Typical Sunday, June 9, 2019

  • No Walk-In Appointments on Sunday
  • Patients are seen by appointment only
  • If you think your child may need to be seen, call 919-781-7490 in the morning after 9 am and speak to the nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician.
  • Sunday After Hours 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 Weekend Lineup

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

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)

Map to Brier Creek Office

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

Dr. Ben Meares

This Weekend at RCAM: Memorial Day Edition

Written by Dr. Ben Meares

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, May 25, 26 and 27, 2019

  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our office will be closed for routine business on Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday
  2. We will offer a morning clinic for urgent needs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

 All patients seen at our Duraleigh office by appointment only

  • No walk-in appointments; be sure to call ahead
  • Try to call soon after 9am if you think your child may need to be seen to talk to the on call phone nurse
  • As always, we will be available for phone advice all day and every day

Your Memorial Day Weekend Lineup

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

May 24, 2019 – As a pediatric office that prides itself on top-notch care of newborns and their families – when one of our own is expecting – our baby shower game can’t disappoint.

Gotta keep it fresh – like we did in 2015.

When faced with five (yes, it was five) expectant staffers, we pioneered the Dirty Santa White Elephant Auction Baby Shower.

That day featured five expectant mothers all competing for their portion of the same baby shower booty.

The typical baby shower chorus of “Ooh’s” and “Ah’s” were replaced by “Watch out!” and “Oh no she didn’t!?!”

This past Wednesday‘s mild 80 degree temp and overcast sky were a perfect setting for breaking new ground again as we took to the Duraleigh office parking lot for Nurse Shannon B’s Flash Mob Tailgate Baby Shower.

We had the grass below us and the cool sky above us. We had corn hole and music featuring “Baby” in the title.

Oh yeah… we also had Two Roosters Ice Cream (exceptional).

Congratulations to Shannon B. We look forward to your big day.

Next up, Nurse Chessica…

 


Dr. Todd Harris

May 23, 2019 – A quick note: this Monday is Memorial Day and that is an RCAM office holiday.

See how you can get up with our office if you have questions or need to be seen on a holiday here

In short, we handle holidays like we handle weekends (including this weekend prior to Memorial Day):

  • One of our pediatricians will be on-call
  • They will see our newborns at Rex Hospital in the early morning
  • They will then see patients with urgent needs who have spoken with the nurse on call
  • That clinic begins at 10 am at our Duraleigh office.

We hope that your family gets to enjoy these special days together.


Dr. Jen Long

It’s Easter Weekend, April 19, 20 and 21, 2018

  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our office will be closed for routine business on Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday
  2. We will offer a morning clinic for urgent needs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

 All patients seen at our Duraleigh office by appointment only

  • No walk-in appointments; be sure to call ahead
  • Try to call soon after 9am if you think your child may need to be seen to talk to the on call phone nurse
  • As always, we will be available for phone advice all day and every day

Your Easter Weekend Lineup

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: Spring 2019 Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

April 8, 2019 – Following our custom, now is the time we change our banner for the new season.

Formerly, “Children Frolicking in the Snow” – we now present “Young Child Looks Like My Oldest Daughter“.

1) Flu Activity: Much Less Than Before

The official message from the CDC website: “Influenza activity decreased but remains elevated in the United States.

Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words:

This graph depicts the last three years of likely flu activity in North Carolina (from the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services). It shows how this year’s flu (red line) peaked in February (as it usually does) and has steadily trended downward to now much lower rates as typically seen in April.

Official declarations on the efficacy of this year’s flu vaccine won’t come until later but early reports show it wasn’t bad. Preliminary results put this year’s vaccine effectiveness at about 47% (up almost 10 percentage points from last year).

TAKE-HOME MESSAGE: Plan to get your families flu vaccine for the 2019-2020 flu season in October.

2) As Flu Winds Down, It’s Time To Schedule Your Child’s Well Visit

Every child 3 years of age and older are recommended to get an annual “check up” or “well visit”.

School athletics, scouts, and most summer camps will also require that your child has an up to date physical and likely require their form to be completed so that your child can participate.

TAKE-HOME MESSAGE: Beat the summer rush. Call and schedule your child’s annual well visit now.

3) Upcoming Holidays at RCAM

The holiday office schedule will be covered again as we get closer to those holidays.

As usual – for these holidays – we will be available by phone for questions and in the office for visits for urgent concerns.

4) #BigTimesAtRCAM

  1. Last week, our very own Dr. Emily Ross got the pre-wedding pediatric medical office makeover (a.k.a. How many uses for exam table paper can you come up with?) from the RCAM nurses. Congratulations to her and her husband on their big day this past weekend. #BigTimesAtRCAM
  2. Also, you may remember Sylvia who used to work at our front desk (her husband is Steve – between the 2 of them, they worked about 70 years at RCAM)? She stands to win ten’s of dollars in the Unauthorized RCAM March Madness Pick ’em if Virginia wins the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tonight. #BigTimesAtRCAM