I’m wondering if our local families understand and take advantage of the benefits of well-child checks. Well child checks are important tools for you and your doctor to make sure your child is developing right and to screen for common problems that appear at specific ages.
What happens at a well-child visit? We check your child’s growth and development, looking at their height, weight, and head size as compared to other kids their age and gender. This can tell us if there are trends that need attention. We also check age-appropriate milestones, social behaviors and learning. We make sure your baby is able to do the things he/she should be doing by certain ages. If we find a problem, we make recommendations: continue to monitor, send to a specialist to evaluate, or get specialized services or therapy starting at an age young enough to make a difference. We also talk about nutrition and safety in the home and community. At well child checks, we discuss immunizations to prevent illness. At the Perry Memorial Walnut Clinic and our other Perry Clinics, we offer immunizations for children whose insurance cover them. If your insurance doesn’t cover immunizations, we discuss with you when and which vaccines your child needs to get at the health department – who typically can provide these necessary immunizations for free or at a reduced cost to children without insurance or who are underinsured.
Most insurances cover wellness exams 100%, especially for kids. Check with your insurance provider to be sure. Well-child checks are for healthy kids who are growing and seldom go to the doctor, as well as for children who are seeing doctors regularly due to chronic health issues.
In my office, I like to see kids at the following intervals starting from their newborn checkup (2-5 days old), 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. Then in the second and year, we would see them at 15 months and then every 6 months (18 months, 24 and 30 months of age) until they are 3. Starting at age 3, we would then like to see the kids yearly until they are 21. Their birth month is a good time to remember to schedule these visits, or you could do it in the summer when the children are off school.
In the summertime (or any time of the year) we can incorporate school and sports physicals with the well-child check. Keep in mind the well child visit and physical are not interchangeable. The well-child check is much more comprehensive than the school or sports exams and is intended to catch any health problems early on. Because of the wide range covered during the exam we can fill out the any required forms pertaining to the physical during this visit to save you time or an additional appointment.
Before you bring your child to the clinic for his/her wellness exam, make a list of topics you want to discuss with us, whether it be about how much sleep your baby should be getting, is a certain behavior normal, what and how much should they be eating, or maybe small health issues like skin lesions that you’ve deemed too minor to make an appointment for.
Regular wellness exams help your provider get to know your child and the family, so that they can know when something is amiss. This consistency helps develop that medical home, where everyone knows your name.
Remember as you are making plans this summer, think about scheduling well child exams for your kids if they haven’t had one, need to get caught up on them, and especially if they need to get vaccines, or need physicals for camp, school or sports.
A year of planning to keep Perry Memorial Hospital Pharmacy and ultimately Perry’s healthcare environment safer for employees, patients and visitors begins in 2018. A $300,000 investment was committed by the Perry Memorial Hospital Board for renovating the Perry Pharmacy current and compliant with state and federal regulations. The Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation board committed $200,000 towards the project on December 14, 2017.
Sue Spratt, Perry Memorial Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation Chair, shared, “The Foundation donation towards the pharmacy project represents our commitment to Perry to provide the healthcare equipment and the work environment, providing the needed to service to our patients and health care partners.”
Documented studies have demonstrated workplace exposure to hazardous medications can adversely affect health care workers. The CDC has evidence of reactions from skin rashes to infertility to leukemia. As a result of recent studies, the United States Pharmacopeia is enacting new regulations to keep pharmacy staffs safe. No level of exposure is acceptable. Workers will be protected while receiving stock, compounding hazardous medications, transporting prepared products and administering the medication to the patient. Cathie Chapman, Rhp, Perry Pharmacy Director said, “Our new hazardous room will allow for safer receipt, storage and compounding of medications. The pharmacy staff is grateful for the new level of safety to assure their continued good health.”
Healthcare is a highly regulated industry in order to keep our patients, providers, and staff safe during care and treatment. This project is necessary for us to meet new requirements for safety of our pharmacists during the compounding of medications which enhance the care and treatment of some of our most vulnerable patients. Annette Schnabel, Perry CEO/President said, “Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation has a history of assisting the hospital to meet care needs through grants for building infrastructure and medical equipment. We are very appreciative of the Foundation Board’s engagement in the hospital’s ability to provide for our community now and into the future.”
Growth and change has been a reoccurring theme in Perry Memorial Hospital’s 98 years of providing compassionate health care to the area community residents. The Healthcare world is changing rapidly. Meeting the needs of the Perry Memorial Hospital service footprint is challenging. Revenue is generated from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance and reimbursement rates fluctuate while constantly improving Perry’s delivery of service. Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation supports the hospital by providing the financial support to enhance the services though funding projects which enhance technology and facility improvements. Sue Spratt shared, “Through generous donations and bequests, we recognize the community shares our mission in keeping health care available close to home,” she said.
*Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation was formed in 1991 for the purpose of obtaining funds through charitable contributions to honor its mission. To enhance the financial well-being, through philanthropy, for Perry Memorial Hospital and the people and communities it serves.