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.
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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.