Monday, February 23, 2009

The Staff at WholeKids

In all the excitement with moving, I neglected to introduce the wonderful people that help me at WholeKids Pediatrics.

Kathy C. is my front desk administrator.  She brings a wealth of administrative and accounting experience to the practice.  Kathy does scheduling, helps with referrals and helps make our billing processes go smoothly.  She is a mother, grandmother and loves our patients.  In addition, she is Buckeye fan like me!

Kelly I. is my nurse.  She comes to us via Chicago and Arizona with a variety of nursing skills. She is a mom to three young children and manages to balance work and family well. Kelly is new to integrative pediatrics but is excited to learn as she practices at WholeKids Pediatrics. She will soon be a certified infant massage instructor.  Both Kelly and I are eager to incorporate more infant massage into our practice with one-on-one instruction and classes. We will keep you posted on these opportunities.

Last but not least, there is Lori W.  Lori is the wellness coach at WholeKids.  She is a gifted yoga teacher for both adults and kids.  She is also a holistic health counselor.  She assists me with developing individualized yoga routines as well as nutritional plans for patients whom I feel will benefit from her services.  She is a kind soul with a passion for working with kids.

As you can see, WholeKids is a small practice.  Just the way I envisioned it.  The goal is to know our patients well and have you all get to know us.  In addition to being an innovative practice, I hope to provide a place where you and your kids feel comfortable and cared for.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Going Electronic!

Going Electronic!

This week, WholeKids Pediatrics embarks on converting to electronic medical records (EMR). Electronic medical records allows for better documentation of patient visits, phone calls and referrals.  It also makes billing and payments much simpler.  The other great thing about having EMR is that the office becomes as paperless as we can make it - in keeping with the mission of being a environmentally friendly and responsible office.

The EMR system being implemented is called eClinicalWorks - a system well known in pediatrics.  Training will be ongoing the week of February 16th - 20th.  We ask for your patience as we learn this system more thoroughly - our processes might move a little slower until we learn the system well.  

I have used EMR in the past and loved it.  Using paper charts for this past few months was a necessity but I am glad to give it up for the electronic version.  Not only will I save paper but my hand won't cramp anymore as I tend to write a lot!

Thanks for your patience as we go through this conversion.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Environmentally Friendly Design

We have been in our new office for just over a month now. It has been a joy to work in an office that is light, airy and that has been designed to be friendly to the environment. I would like to share a little bit about the choices made in designing the office. The office was designed with the creative help of Jessica Walli of JKW Design and graphic designer, Dennis Field of Greenline Creative.

Paint is our main decorative touch. The paint is contains no volatile chemicals (VOCs) meaning that you don't get that "fresh painted" smell which comes from chemical particles off-gassing into the air. VOCs in paint can cause respiratory symptoms such as coughs, skin rashes and for some headaches and fatigue.

The carpet is the other big decorative touch. A carpet that was eco-friendly but could hold up to kids stomping around a lot was needed. The carpet in the office is a beautiful Angela Adams design which has green certification and is made of environmentally sound nylon fibers.

The final exciting find was the fabric for the exam tables. I wanted something that would be beautiful but safe and durable for the kids as they lay on the exam tables. I discovered Enviroleather which is a soft leather-like fabric that has no polyvinyl chloride, bromide or plasticizer in it unlike other vinyl exam tables. I can feel good about having your children lay down on these tables.

Sustainable Earth cleaning products, many of which are Green Seal certified, are used for general maintainance. In addition, paper is recycled and used to support a school fundraising effort. Last, but not least, we recycle our plastic and cardboard containers.

WholeKids Pediatrics is committed to being an evironmentally responsible medical practice. It benefits us as we work here and also, your children while they are in our care.