Clark Avenue Connection

Dr. Lily Harris

Today at RCAM: Tuesday Notes

Written by Dr. Lily Harris

It is Tuesday, November 12, 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. Lily Harris will be rounding on our newborns at Rex Hospital and running our On Call Evening Clinic.
  • In our Duraleigh Office today:  Drs. Lily Harris, Todd Harris, Emily Mims, Sarah Owrey, and Tom Sena
  • In our Brier Creek Office today:  Drs. Jamila Fletcher, Rick Gessner, and Ben Meares

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

September 26, 2019 – It came a little later than usual – but still with plenty of time to have your child vaccinated before we see increasing flu illness.

Now Is A Good Time To Schedule Your Child’s Flu Vaccination

  • We have flu vaccine for ALL children ages 6 months old and up
  • Call and schedule an appointment for your children in one of our Flu Vaccination Clinics
  • Flu illness is most common in the fall and winter; the incidence starts to go up in October; the peak incidence is typically not until February
  • Flu vaccine provides coverage for about six months – that means if you get a Flu Vaccine today, you can expect it to be working for you through the end of March

Some Facts About Flu Vaccine

  • Flu vaccine decreases the likelihood of catching the flu. In other words, some children who get flu vaccine may still catch the flu – but you have a better chance of not catching the flu if you have had your flu vaccine
  • Flu vaccine does not cause the flu – the CDC has more details about why we are so sure that flu vaccine does not cause the flu (and other flu vaccine misconceptions) here
  • We again are only offering the ‘flu shot’ version of the flu vaccinemaybe next year, but so far the information about Flumist (the ‘nasal spray’ version) has not convinced pediatricians that it is back to being effective again
  • We have both state-supplied and private-supplied flu vaccine – both are the same flu vaccine – the only difference is who is providing the vaccine

Dr. Gessner Demonstrates the Appropriate Mood…

…When all your children have had their flu vaccine prior to flu season…


Dr. Todd Harris

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.

To summarize:

  • 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.

 


Dr. Rick Gessner

Weekend Notes: Labor Day Edition

Written by Dr. Rick Gessner

It is the Labor Day Weekend Holiday

August 31, September 1 and September 2

NOTE: Our office is closed for routine business on Monday in observance of the Labor Day Holiday

No Walk-In Appointments on Holidays and Weekends

  • Like other holidays, we are open on a limited basis
  • Patients are seen by appointment only on all holidays and weekends.
  • 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.
  • Saturday Weekend Clinic, Sunday Weekend Clinic and Monday’s Labor Day Holiday Clinic will all begin at 10am. Clinic ending time will vary depending on how busy we are.
  • After clinic, we are available to speak by phone about any urgent concerns you may have.

The Holiday Weekend Lineup

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

Banner Change: Fall 2019 Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

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 Chessicaone 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.


Dr. Todd Harris

August 28, 2019Short, 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!


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