Dr. Todd Harris

Atta Girl: The Grand Finale

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

October 5, 2018 – So I (and 10 others) got this text on Monday night:

[NOTE: You will be happy to know that we did forgive the 9-hour-gap between birth and viewing an official pic 😉 ]

[PRO TIP: If you ever need forgiveness, a pregnancy / birth of a child works almost 100% of the time. Although – in this case – there are still questions. Who else did you inform and when were they informed? What were the time gaps? At what amount of time does a gap mean we’ve become an after thought? All questions to which we really don’t want answers.]

Congratulations Dr. Long and Family!

OK – back to the important part – the big day arrived for our very own Dr. Jen Long, her husband, Brandon, and newly-anointed big brother Emerson to officially face-to-face welcome baby Audrey Mae.

One-In-A-Million

We are soooo happy here at RCAM that we have completed our recent ‘Season of Anticipation’ with a perfect record.

This week’s ‘Grand Finale’ ended an 8-week period in which 3 of our pediatricians had 3 healthy baby girls and a 7-month period in which 5 of our RCAM-ily had 5 healthy baby girls (yes… ALL were girls).

Counting backwards, employees of RCAM have produced 9 straight girls.

For those keeping score: if you take 9 random pregnancies, there is a 1 in 512 chance of have 9 girls.

That is not quite 1 in a million – but today maybe the Long Family would disagree.


Dr. Todd Harris

Friday Notes: RCAM CLOSED TODAY Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Today is Friday, September 14, 2018

  • We hope today’s Friday Notes: Special Edition finds you and your family together and safe

WE ARE CLOSED TODAY due to the Uncertain Nature of Hurricane Path Prediction

  • No one here is blaming local meteorologists.
  • In fact, I am personally amazed and appreciative – we benefit from their knowledge, forecasting, and stamina.

Way to Go Dr. Lily!

  • As we grow weary of weather maps, this morning’s Friday Notes: Special Edition picture features a Special Addition to the RCAM-ily: Our very own Dr. Lily Harris, her husband Michael, and now big sister Carrie Anne this week welcomed Georgia Amelia (aka “Milly”).
  • For those of you keeping score at home: 6 lbs and 8 oz.
  • Also for those of you keeping score: we are at 2 down and 1 to go for August and September expectant RCAM Pediatricians.

Today’s Plan

  • On Call PediatricianDr. Emily Ross will be managing our after hours care
  • As stated earlier, both offices are closed today. We will be unable to see any patients today.
  • IF YOU HAVE AN URGENT QUESTION ABOUT A SICK CHILD: our answering service will be taking messages and a group of our nurses – backed by Drs. Emily Ross, Rick Gessner, Ben Meares, Todd Harris and Jamila Fletcher – will be happy to try and help on what no doubt will be a challenging day.

Tomorrow’s Plan

  • Stay tuned. Like you, we will continue to monitor local weather reports.
  • We are hopeful to open up the Duraleigh office for weekend hours on Saturday.

After Hours Care

  • Urgent calls 24 hours a day: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Todd Harris

RCAM Newest Edition: Atta Girl!

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

August 7, 2018 – Many of our patient’s families have been following the pregnancy of our very own Sarah Owrey, MD.

[Editor’s Note: Don’t confuse Dr. Owrey’s pregnancy with those of the 2 other RCAM pediatricians also set to deliver over the next 7 weeks. That little period of time is something RCAM likes to call “Operation: Brace Yourself”]

We happily pass along that this past Sunday Sarah gave birth to a 7 lbs 15 oz baby girl. Sarah, husband Ryan and big brother Hudson have named her Harper.

The website Spinditty compiled 84 Songs About Victory, Celebration, Success and Winning and I find it to be a good compilation when you want just the right mood for moments like this.

When the list came to Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time”, they wrote the following:

Proudly play this 1988 song when you’ve labored intensively towards one illustrious achievement and you’re approaching the pinnacle of success. Breathe deeply, then bask in the glory and enjoy your moment

That description begs the question, “Were they referring to childbirth or competing in a decathlon?”

For those of you who have given birth you may ask, “What’s the difference?”

Let’s all bask with this happy family and welcome little Harper to her ‘Moment In Time.’


Dr. Todd Harris

Dr. Lehan Retiring After 33 Years at RCAM

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

June 19, 2018 – How do you say “Goodbye” to an icon?

This week at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine, we are trying to figure that out.

After 33 years, Friday, June the 22nd will be the last official workday for Leigh Lehan, MD.

Below is a token of what her peers had to say about those 33 years:

Leigh S. Lehan, MD Day Week

If you make it into the office, be aware that RCAM is celebrating her career for the entire week.

  • Monday, June 18th – ALLITERATION DAY – as we say goodbye to “LL”, we attempted to add our own alliteration to the day and all the while maintaining a pleasant, soothing demeanor – sorry you missed it.
  • Tuesday, June 19th – DIET SUNKIST DAY – Dr. Lehan is known for a ‘Sunny’ presence – she is also known to enjoy a Diet Sunkist from time to time, and – while that seems to be something none of the rest of us enjoys – on Tuesday we will take time to enjoy some of the small things that make the day more enjoyable
  • Wednesday, June 20th – NOTE CARD DAY – we will all do our best Dr. Lehan impersonation by writing thoughtful words on a piece of paper and sharing them with someone else in the office [NOTE about NOTE CARD DAY: if you are still reading this, you must be a big Dr. Lehan Fan like the rest of us; if so, please take a moment to write some words for her and we would be happy to sure that she gets them; send them to: RCAM / Dr. Lehan Retirement, 3100 Duraleigh Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27612]
  • Thursday, June 21st – BAKED GOODS & CRAFTS DAY – no explanation necessary
  • Friday, June 22nd – LEIGH S. LEHAN, MD DAY – Dr. Lehan began her career at RCAM in 1984 and we will try to recreate some of the themes of that era for her last day

Dr. Todd Harris

 

May 9, 2018Today is Nurses’ Day.

Actually – to be more correct – we are on the day we traditionally refer to as Nurses’ Day (not a real thing) right smack in the middle of Nurses’ Week (that’s the real thing).

They deserve a week but we will try to cram our appreciation into a lunch at Brio. Hopefully some pasta and chocolate lava cake will help drive home our message: we appreciate the work our nurses do for our patients.

Similarly, a few weeks ago we recognized Administrative Professionals’ Day.

On April 25th we took our front office staff to McCormick and Schmick’s and our message to them that day (along with some crispy flounder and crème brûlée) had a similar theme: RCAM can’t  perform its mission of helping children without the work of our Front Desk.

Both groups operate on the front lines of pediatric medicine – a challenging place to perform.

The Pediatricians of Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine – Drs. Carr, Lehan, Sena, T.Harris, Gessner, Meares, Fletcher, Long, L.Harris, and Ross – ask you to join us in recognizing our nurses and front office workers:

Thank you for your contribution to our important mission of helping the most important people in our lives – our children!

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Happy Halloween 2017

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017 – Today I attended “Egypt Project Day” at my daughter’s school and my phone exploded with images from both the Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices.

A few observations from my day off:

  • It appears that Brier Creek had 100% costume participation. Many people do a lot of things in our office. It is rare for EVERYONE to do the SAME thing (particularly when we plan to do the same thing).
  • One other thing about Brier Creek: beautiful job with a great old school theme. Like the great teams over the years – the 1998 Chicago Bulls, the 1972 Miami Dolphins or the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats – they had a great game plan and followed it with perfect execution – they even got Dr. Meares to dress up as a dwarf. I am blown away.
  • The Duraleigh office went (almost) new school with the emojis theme. I think they look great but… we really have to do some work on our picture-taking skill sets. Today – like other days – there was lots of poor lighting and poor focus – people with eyes closed, looking nowhere near the camera, or simply hiding behind someone else (We see you Kimbo!).

Finally, whether your execution is great or… still working towards greatness… from our RCAMily to yours – Have a Fun and Safe Halloween!


Dr. Todd Harris

November 5, 2016 – From March 2015, there was a 12-month period of time during which 4 nurses and 2 pediatricians at RCAM gave birth.

Yeah. That’s SIX pregnancies working together in a relatively small space.

That is a circumstance that will cause even a busy pediatric medical practice – a place that for 50 years has lived with the eminent presence of babies – to single out one 12-month period as “The Year of the Babies.”

It was our own personal DEFCON 3. Everyone was ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice.

One day, we had a baby shower for FIVE.

It was a dirty Santa baby shower. 5 expectant mothers competed head-to-head-to-head-to-head-to-head for gifts and prizes. Witnesses were heard to say the event appeared surprisingly natural.

So what could follow so much living on the edge?

This past year we transitioned from “The Year of the Babies” to “The Year of the Shannons.” (aka “The Shannons Strike Back”)

Two of our three nurses with the name “Shannon” became pregnant with their first. On September 14th, Nurse Shannon M. welcomed her new daughter.

Today, RCAM is happy to announce that Shannon B. – the RCAM head cheerleader – and her husband Justin welcomed their brand new baby girl into the world:

shannon-b-baby

Brief aside: BTW, do you like my (and everyone else’s) use of a euphemism. Rather than calling it “giving birth”, we substitute a word like “welcome”. And isn’t “giving birth” sort of candy-coating the experience too? I have been in that room and would describe it more as “committing birth”.

Of course, it’s difficult not to coat the entire experience with the joy and the happiness that comes with finally seeing and holding your little girl.

RCAM is so happy for Shannon and Justin and their family taking it to the next level!

How happy?

So happy!!


Dr. Todd Harris

sparkle

September 14, 2016The sparkler is a universal sign of celebration.

It really has no other use.

ANNOUNCEMENT: here ye, here ye – we are (figuratively) breaking out the sparklers today at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine because we have just received word that one of our very own – Nurse Shannon M. – has joined the ranks of parenthood.

Shannon and her husband Andrew this morning welcomed into the world their very own brand new baby girl.

UPDATE 09-14-2016 06:15 PM: Here she is!

shannon-m-baby-2016

We are so happy for new Mom and new Dad and we await their little girl’s first visit to RCAM.

That leaves us with only one expectant Nurse named Shannon left at RCAM. #YearOfTheShannons #ShannonsStrikeBack

As we count our blessings, here is another universal sign of celebration:


Dr. Todd Harris

5FRI

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:

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. 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. 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