Covid-19 Update

Franklin County and the city of Columbus have issued a Stay At Home advisory. This is not a mandate, but we all have to take this seriously.
What does this mean at Pediatric Associates?
First of all, we will continue to do everything we can to keep you and your family safe.
We will keep up our rigorous COVID-19 pre-visit screening.
We will continue to room patients from the car.
We will continue to separate our well and non-contagious patients from our potentially contagious patients.
We will continue to require masks for those over 2 yrs old to enter our office.
We will still have our staff use masks and goggles.
We will send home any staff with symptoms, to make sure they are not contagious.
We want you to keep your appointments for well child care. It is important to keep up on needed evaluations of growth and development, and stay up to date on vaccines.
We will offer virtual visits for certain ill visits and follow up visits, to reduce your risk of coming out into a public place.
We will still see your child if he/she is sick. We have taken every precaution available to help you and your family. WE WON’T CLOSE.
We will continue to be here for you and your children.

Dr. Boyle

We have great news!

Dr. Sandra Boyle will be returning to the office on November 4th, 2020!! She is very excited to see her patients again!

Also, we have begun to see patients in our Canal Winchester office at 7750 Diley Road! If you are in the Canal Winchester area, you may schedule an appointment by calling 614-837-7337.

Preventative Care

In this time of uncertainty, we’d like to express the importance of keeping up on well care and childhood immunizations as well as keeping asthma symptoms under control. Taking these preventative steps ensures your child will remain healthy and safe from diseases and symptoms that can occur beyond COVID-19. Please call at your earliest convenience to schedule your well appointments.

It is recommended that children with asthma see their healthcare provider every 6-12 months to evaluate asthma control, asthma severity, and potential risk factors. Our Respiratory Therapist and Pediatricians work with families to develop personalized care plans and tools to help manage asthma at home.

These visits have been proven to reduce asthma exacerbations and risk of hospitalizations. Please call us at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment in our asthma clinic.


It is not too late for a flu vaccine to protect your child!

All locations are having flu vaccination clinics through the month of November. There are various hours throughout the practice. Please call one of our locations in Hilliard, Whitehall, Pickerington, Lewis Center or Canal Winchester for scheduling details.

Safety Precautions

Pediatric Associates Inc. continues to separate well visits and ill visits for all patients at all locations AND we continue to have virtual visits for certain types of illness and behavioral health appointments. Thank you for your patience during this time of social distancing and for entrusting us with your child’s healthcare needs.

At this time we require that all visitors and patients over two years old bring a face covering or mask and wear it throughout the visit.
We require you to limit to one adult/parent/guardian for each visit unless there are specific circumstances which prohibit this.
If you or your child are not well, we ask that you call to reschedule any well visits.
Temperatures will be taken at the door and anyone with fever or symptoms of respiratory illness will be asked to return during our ill appointments or telehealth times.
Check ins are being done remotely through your devices and you will be asked to wait in your car until notified that someone will meet you at the door to be roomed.

Tribute for Dr. Fernald

Pediatric Associates is mourning the loss of one of our beloved founders, Dr. Fernald. Anyone who knew Dr. Fernald would describe him as the kindest and most caring person you could ever be fortunate enough to know.

Willard B. Fernald, M.D., born August 16, 1923, died September 15, 2020 at Bickford of Bexley where he had lived for the last 5 years of his life. He had been married to his most beloved best friend, Elizabeth (Bette) Taylor Fernald, in an extraordinary partnership for nearly sixty years until her death in 2008. He died gracefully, peacefully, gently and still thinking of others first. Will received his BA from Brown University after an interruption to serve in the Army Air Corps in Guam during the Second World War, and his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1951, for which he always credited the support of the G.I. Bill. He continued his service to others throughout his lifetime. Will was a Healer in every sense: as a pediatrician in private practice for more than 50 years who touched countless lives; as a founder of Pediatric Associates; as a member of the staff of Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 60 years and serving as Medical Staff President (1972-1973); as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine teaching the art of medicine to new generations of doctors; as the Medical Director of Heinzerling Community (a foundation to care for children with severe and profound developmental disabilities), volunteering his services for many of its first 50 years; as a Board Member of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association and founder and medical director of Camp Hamwi, a camp for children with diabetes; as President of the Columbus Civil Rights Council and chair of the Fair Housing committee for Bexley; as Deacon of First Congregational Church and Elder of The Redeemer’s Church; as a person who treated everyone who crossed his path with dignity, offering wisdom, comfort and help – spiritual, moral, financial, every kind of support he could. Will and Bette opened their house in Bexley to provide sanctuary to more than 80 people who needed a place for restoration after being battered by the world. Will invested himself and his resources in people and matters of the spirit, rather than personal gain. Many people are alive or living enriched lives because of Will’s compassionate heart. Will made great use of every second of his 97 years in the service of others. He lived an exemplary life. Will and Bette are survived by their children, Willard T. (Tom) Fernald (Mary), Tora Fernald Huntington (Joel), Margaret Carlton Fernald, and Theodore Barker Fernald (Betsy Horner); grandchildren, Julia Tompkins Fernald Huntington, Margaret Vea Fernald Huntington, Marena Horner Fernald, and Eleda Horner Fernald; and the innumerable lives that they touched.

Flu vaccines 2020

Flu vaccines will be scheduled-only this season to allow for safety precautions to remain in place. We are offering appointments for flu vaccines at various times to include Saturdays and evening at some locations.    Please call your specific location for details.

Forms

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, we apologize that we cannot accept school forms or medication forms by drop-off.
You must have had a physical that is current within the past year to complete school physical forms. Please fax the form to the number below or mail it to our office Attention: Medical Records Clerk.
HILLIARD: 614-529-2370
LEWIS CENTER: 740-657-8100
PICKERINGTON: 614-863-7388
WHITEHALL: 614-434-2701
Forms will be completed within 3-5 business days.
Please note we need to receive all pages of the document and you are required to complete the parent portion of the form in order for us to serve you better.
All completed forms will be mailed or faxed back to you as we cannot release protected health information via e-mail. If your child is in need of a physical, please call the office to schedule and you can bring your form with you to the appointment.

A Message From Pediatric Associates

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of Pediatric Associates.  During these past 60 years, our mission has always been to partner with our patients and families to promote the health and well-being of the NEXT generation.

With recent events, we realize our role has had to change.  But our role has changed only because our mission has remained the same—to partner with our patients and families to promote the health and well-being of the NEXT generation.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has upset life for us all.  It has ultimately caused us change the way we care for our patients.  We, like others, have had to decrease our office hours, limit physician and staff presence, and include the new world of virtual medicine.  Change is not easy for us, but be assured we will adapt and do whatever is necessary to be there for you.

We resolve to be here at least another 60 years.  We look forward to a more “normal” way of living, and caring for your children.  This outbreak has forced us to start several major changes.  Some of these changes will be temporary, and a few will be the “new normal.”  We will continue to:

  • Follow the recommendations of the CDC, the ODH, and our governor in keeping you and your children safe and healthy, and do the same for our staff.
  • Offer “virtual” telehealth visits, so we can connect with you and address your concerns in a remote way.
  • Share updates as we get them.  The situation is changing constantly, so follow our social media channels and our website closely.

Lastly, while this is a time of great distress, we can still see, during this time of year, signs of RENEWAL.  Trees are blooming.  Grass is green again.  Even when humans are sheltering-in-place, nature is thriving.

And, at Pediatric Associates, we will embrace this renewal, to find ways to better serve you, and your children, and your children’s children.  Thanks for choosing us, and sticking with us through all of this!  We plan on not coming out of this the SAME.  We plan on coming out of this BETTER. We love you all dearly.

Telemedicine “Virtual” Visits: Tips for a GREAT visit with us online!

Virtual Visits are Here!

To meet your needs in the time of COVID-19, and to continue to provide convenient access to your doctors, Pediatric Associates is now offering TELEHEALTH (“virtual”) visits from the comfort of your own home.  Certain visits will be appropriate for this service, but others WILL require an in person visit (such as ear pain, strep tests, or flu tests, for example).  If your child has an illness or a visit that is appropriate for a virtual visit, here are some helpful hints to make sure it is a good visit.

Your Home

  • Have the child in a well-lit room, that is quiet, and free of distractions (such as a video playing loudly).
  • We know this is your home.  Don’t be embarrassed by other kids running around (we want to say hi!), pets, or even dirty dishes.  We understand.  We have kids, pets, and dirty dishes too.

Your Equipment and Logging In

  • Smartphones are the BEST!!  Later model iPhones or Samsung Galaxy offer the best video and audio for these visits.
  • Try to log in about 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
  • Please use the patient’s name (not yours) when you are asked to enter a name on the screen.
  • Do the “Pre-Call Test” (button in the bottom left corner of the screen) to help us have the best connection.

Useful Tools

  • A flashlight (or other light source) that is NOT the phone you are using for the visit
  • A thermometer (or have taken your child’s temperature before the visit)
  • Your child’s most recent weight (or a scale where you can weigh them)
  • The name and location of your pharmacy, if we need to send in a prescription
  • For ADHD medication followups, click vanderbilt-assessment-parent-follow-up to download and fill out a Vanderbilt form to complete before the visit.
  • For depression and/or anxiety visits, click GAD&PAIweb and PHQ9PAIweb to complete these forms prior to the visit.

The Visit

  • The doctor will ask you questions and ask you to help us with your child’s physical exam.
  • We may ask you to undress your child so we can see rashes, or if she/he is having a hard time breathing.
  • We may also ask you to shine a light down your child’s throat, press on his/her belly, or take a temperature.
  • NOTE: it is possible that we determine your child DOES need to come in to the office for an “in person” visit.

Relax!

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Encourage your child to do so as well.
  • If your child has a favorite toy, or wants to introduce a family pet, we want to see that!  You are ALL part of our family.

Recommended COVID-19 Resources For Families

There are many good resources for families on the Internet for COVID-19.  We’ve picked a few that we feel are reliable and reasonable, and have listed them here.

HealthyChildren.org (sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics)

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

Ohio Department of Health

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/Family-Activities/Resources-for-Parents-and-Families

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/health-wellness-and-safety-resources/covid-19

Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Ohio-AAP-COVID-19

Cold vs. Flu: What can you do?

Both the common cold and the flu (influenza) are caused by viruses for which there is no definitive treatment.

Colds are typically mild and do not require a visit to the doctor. Medications such as Tylenol or Advil/Motrin can be used to reduce any pain or fever that occurs. Cold and cough medicines are not very effective and are not recommended in children younger than 2 years.

The flu can be quite severe. Medication for flu such as Tamiflu does NOT cure the flu. At best it reduces the symptoms of the flu by 1-2 days if given with the first 24-48 hours from the start of the illness, and therefore is only indicated for people at very high risk for complications from flu, including children younger than 2 years old and people with conditions such as asthma or immune suppression. Patients with these conditions should be seen in the office in the first 1-2 days of fever onset.

You should call our office for a same-day appointment if your child experiences persistently high fever (> 101 for more than 3 days), appears to have difficulty breathing, or is unable to keep down fluids such as water or Pedialyte. Your child’s pediatrician can determine what the cause of the symptoms is and if any additional treatment is appropriate.

The most effective treatments for any viral illness including both colds and the flu are drinking fluids and getting lots of rest. Drinking fluids prevent dehydration while the body is trying to recover from illness and the body heals best when resting.

Well Visits ARE Sports Physicals

Is your child planning to play a sport in school for the next academic year?  Is your child THINKING about playing a sport next year?  If so, we recommend you do two things as the current school year winds to an end:

  1. Schedule your child’s annual well visit as soon as possible to get it in before tryouts and/or practices start for the sport(s) he/she will be playing.
  2. Tell the nursing staff and the doctor that your child will (or may) need a sports clearance, either in the summer, or later in the year.  This will assure we ask the appropriate questions and add the appropriate parts of the physical exam to clear your student athlete.

Remember that a clearance for sports is good for a full 12 months.  So if your child has a well visit this summer, he/she can be cleared for the entire school year.  An injury could require a re-clearance post-injury, but in the absence of that, a well visit will count as a sports physical, and be valid for the entire 12 months.