Dr. Todd Harris

UPDATE: Delayed Opening Planned for Monday

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

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January 8, 2017 – Another weather-related update – this one pertains to Monday’s schedule:

On Monday BOTH the Duraleigh and Brier Creek Offices will delay their openings until noon.

  1. There will be no walk in appointments on Monday.
  2. Our answering service will be taking calls until 11:30am. Please call before 11:30am ONLY IF you have an urgent medical need.
  3. Our Front Desk will begin picking up the phones in our office at 11:30am.
  4. If you had a previously-scheduled appointment before noon, we will have to reschedule your visit.
  5. If you had a previously-scheduled afternoon appointment, we will plan to see you for that appointment.
  6. Our On Call Evening Clinic will likely be cut short.

Thanks you for your patience. Stay warm and safe! This one seems a bit more slippery than other winter storms.


Dr. Todd Harris

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January 8, 2017 – Our customary, post-snow, 60-degree weather did not happen yesterday. Instead, it got real cold.

As a result, we cannot safely staff our Sunday On Call Clinic and so it has been cancelled.

Stay tuned for news about tomorrow

  • As always, if you have a concern about your child’s health, we want to hear from you.
  • We will be available by phone for any urgent concerns.

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

January 7, 2017 – Well – this morning when I awoke and saw the sheen of ice surrounding my home – I immediately thought of this scene from the movie “Madagascar” when the penguins finally reach their much-longed-for homeland of Antarctica.

RCAM has cancelled Saturday clinic due to icy conditions. We will be available for phone calls if you have an urgent need relating to your child’s health.

Stay tuned for news about Sunday’s clinic. If we are unable to safely staff the office again tomorrow, we will update with another announcement.

By the way, I highly recommend “Madagascar” if your whole family is stuck in the house and looking for something to do – if offers something for all ages.


Dr. Todd Harris

RCAM is a BC BS Blue Value Provider

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

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January 5, 2017 – Now why would an ampersand be pictured above this post?

It’s one of those frustrating stories that is also a bit funny if you want it to be.

Let me make this point first:

RCAM would like to make it clear to those with Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Value Health Insurance – Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine continues as a provider for 2017.

That brings us to the large ampersand pictured above.

When you are searching for us among providers, be sure to search our name as written above – Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine – using the ampersand (“&”) symbol and NOT using the word (“and”).

It seems you will not find us without keying in our name that includes the ampersand (“&”).

You could see how that could be frustrating. And – when you consider how sometimes tiny details become very important – it is a little bit amusing.

Don’t forget the ampersand.

 

BCBS Blue Value


Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Winter Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

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January 1, 2017 – A common New Year’s Resolution revolves around getting “caught up.”

In that spirit, I would like to announce the arrival of our new winter-themed banner (from last week). Such mild weather – snow seems like a reach but we can always hope.

Here is a 5-word summary from the Farmer’s Almanac for winter weather in our region (I really don’t like the phrase “penetrating cold” though I am sure we could use the “very wet” weather):

winter-outlook

A few winter notes:

  • We still have flu vaccine available for everyone under 36 months old and for patients 3 years and older who receive state flu vaccine (includes those with Medicaid insurance)
  • Winter Safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.
  • Remember that tomorrow – Monday, January 2nd – our office will be closed for routine business in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Look here for details about office coverage if you have a concern about your child.

Dr. Lily Harris

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RCAM New Year On Call Pediatricians:

Patients are seen by appointment only

  • If you think your child may need to be seen this Saturday, Sunday or Monday call 919-781-7490 in the morning after 9 am and speak to the nurse working with the On Call Pediatrician
  • On the weekends and holidays, we see patients in the office in the morning and are available to speak anytime by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.
  • There are no walk-in appointments on weekends and on holidays

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. Sarah Owrey

RCAM Tacky Holiday Sweater Day 2016

Written by Dr. Sarah Owrey

December 16, 2016

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One day soon we will again have some fresh, clinically-relevant medical information to share.

Until then, I give you RCAM Tacky Holiday Sweater Day PLUS 2 reminders:

  1. Get your child a flu vaccine.
  2. Send us a holiday card. The wall behind these people needs more cards.

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine at RCAM UPDATE

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

RCAM Official Image of Flu Season 2016-2017

December 14, 2016 – Beneath the RCAM Official Image for Flu Season 2016-2017, we make the following announcement:

RCAM now has enough both state and private flu vaccine to cover our flu vaccine clinics for all our patients. If you haven’t already done so, call today and set up an appointment for your child to get their flu vaccine.

Two things:

  1. It is not too late: So far – and this is similar to most years – we have seen very few cases of influenza (flu) in our office. We are in the single digits at RCAM for total flu cases …so far. January and February are typically when we see the most patients with flu. For this reason, there is still time to get your child the best protection that we know of against the flu. 
  2. Yes, it is later than usual for us to begin widely offering state flu vaccine (but see #1; not too late): By report, the flooding in the east greatly delayed the shipment of state flu vaccine – at Raleigh Childrens and throughout North Carolina. Our allotments came in small numbers – only enough to keep up with patients who happened to be here for a checkup or similar. Yesterday we finally received a more typical volume of state flu vaccine and therefore today we make this announcement.

Unfortunately, there are unpleasant things about the winter that we can’t do much to prevent. Things like ‘cold’ viruses, ice storms, the fact that every morning your bed feels so much better than wherever you need to be – these are things that just can’t be stopped.

Flu vaccine is the best thing we know to limit your chance of catching a difficult if not dangerous respiratory illness. Get your child vaccinated.

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Winter Holidays Office Coverage

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

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Illness does not recognize holidays, so here is how RCAM plans to be available during the holiday season:

In general, when it comes to holidays (and weekends):

  • Just like everyday, one of our pediatricians is on call 24-hours-a-day for urgent health concerns
  • There are no walk-in appointments on holidays and weekends.
  • We will see children with urgent medical concerns in the morning by appointment only.
  • Christmas Day is the only day of the year that we do not see patients in our office.
  • If you have urgent concerns about your child’s health on that day – as usual – call our main number 919-781-7490 (backup number 919-831-5526).

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  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 24th – BOTH offices closed for routine business; typical holiday office coverage (limited clinic at Duraleigh Office location)
  • Friday, November 25th – Brier Creek office closed; Duraleigh office open

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  • Friday, December 23rd – Brier Creek office closed; Duraleigh office open (no check ups; sick visits only; we will likely check out to our on call pediatrician and close the office early)
  • Saturday, December 24th – typical Saturday / weekend hours
  • Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25th – BOTH offices closed; atypical holiday hours; on call pediatrician available for urgent questions; no office clinic on Christmas Day
  • Monday, December 26th – Brier Creek office closed; Duraleigh office open (no check ups; sick visits only; we will likely check out to our on call pediatrician and close the office early)

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Dr. Todd Harris

50yrdocs

November 17, 2016 – This past Saturday night, RCAM gathered together 13 current and former pediatricians (pictured above) and about 50 current and former staff who along with significant others marked the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine.

In 1966, Dr. Bob Fleming started a solo pediatric practice on Clark Avenue near Cameron Village in a 4-room house. It wasn’t long before he was joined by Dr. Stephen Edwards and they moved to a location close to the “Old” Rex Hospital on St. Mary’s Street. In the early 1970s, Dr. Alan Goldman joined the group to became member number three of “The RCAM Big Three”.

Drs. Edwards and Goldman both addressed Saturday night’s crowd and shared many of those early memories. Dr. Edwards also spoke about the future of the practice of pediatrics when he said the following:

“As long as we take care of children in the best way possible – as long as we take care of each other – and work toward the betterment of all children – we will always have a job and always feel good about that job.”

Dr. Rick Gessner, current Managing Partner of RCAM, also spoke about our past, present and hopes for the future. He challenged our current employees to seize the potential of our daily face-to-face encounters with our patients and their families: “How you greet them and smile and explain and listen and treat makes a difference in the life of a child.”

His remarks from Saturday night are posted in the video below:

Dinner was served by Simply Delicious Catering at the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum. The museum’s displays were a timely backdrop for the evening. Dr. Gessner referenced one of them in his talk.

Debbie Maness – our current Office Manager who has intimate knowledge of the last 38 years of RCAM – said, “Saturday was a great time – great to see [our current employees] mix with so many wonderful people from our past.”

RCAM Special Guests that night included:

  • “The RCAM Big Three” and their significant others looked great and seemed to be continuing to enjoy retirement:
    • Dr. Bob Fleming and his wife Nancy Jo – Bob still performs physicals for our armed services
    • Dr. Stephen Edwards and his wife Sylvia – Sylvia has seemed to give up retirement in favor of working with our front office staff
    • Dr. Alan Goldman and his wife Jill – Alan reminded us of his one-of-a-kind Christmas Party games. He initiated a holiday game that really needs to return. It was called “Find Your Bonus Check” and involved hiding individual bonus checks in unpredictable places in the office (let your mind wander). His annual quizzes were famous for asking things like “How many doors are in our office?” and “Finish this verse of ‘Good King Wenceslas’.”
  • Two former “Head Nurses”:
    • Dixie Kennedy and her husband Melvin – Dixie was Dr. Fleming’s first hire and she set up the nursing program at RCAM
    • Shirley Gower and her husband Clarence – Shirley was an unflappable, longtime head nurse
  • Two former “Weekend Nurses” who were known to bring ease to everyone they encountered (a wonderful trait for a weekend nurse)
    • Brownie Parker and her husband Wayne
    • Wyndee Langdon and her husband Andy
  • Two other blasts from the not so far past:
    • Cater Riggan – Cater handled our dealings with Cigna at a time when that was not easy and was also known to keep us all straight at all times (I think its called “gravitas”)
    • Beverly Stinson and her husband Jim – Beverly was a longtime nurse who never met a stranger

We would like to formally thank all associated with RCAM – current and past – employees and spouses – patients and their families. Taking care of children in the best way possible – working toward the betterment of all children – that requires a total team effort. And so does taking care of each other.

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