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Updates, and soooo tired of winter!!!

 It looks like another big snow storm headed our way tonight. I've had to have limited hours and even some closures several times this winter, which I hate to do. It's bad patient care and bad for business, but sometimes my staff can't make it in and it is hard to run everything by myself. My 4 wheel drive and close proximity to the office make it pretty easy for me to be there whenever needed. But answering the phones, checking in patients, doing visits and giving shots is a little too much for me, so I usually just do sick visits when I'm there alone.

Since Anna, our nurse practitioner, has been seeing patients on her own, we have been open every Saturday. I'm not sure if this will continue in the summer. It depends on how busy Saturdays are. I could do more well checks Saturdays as the sick visits slow down in the spring and summer. I am currently taking a day or day and a half off during the week since I work most Saturdays. Anna is doing a great job seeing people independently and getting to know many of our patients. She can always contact me when she is seeing patients alone, if complicated cases come up. 

In January we hired an intermediate paramedic, Stephen, who is working part time doing nursing duties during Tina's time off. He has lots of experience with kids and he is fitting right in in our Kids First family!

As always, we want to be a patient centered, medical home. We want you to feel free to call or email us (use the patient portal for emailing) with your questions or issues. Our utmost goals are to help our patients maintain or attain amazing health, be up to date on all preventive care recommendations and avoid urgent care and ER visits. Rarely, they can't be avoided. But you can always check with us first to see if we can get you in asap or if you can manage things at home. 

Please "like" Kids First Pediatrics of Stafford on Facebook. I post lots of medical news and things that I find interesting and informative (and hope you will too). General questions or suggestions for topics can be posted there too, but NO personal medical information should ever be posted there. Use the patient portal for that. If you don't have your log in information for the portal, let us know.  

Thanks for reading and stay healthy!!! 

Dr. Roxanne Allegretti

My How Time Flies!!

It's hard to believe we've been open almost four months already! Time is flying by because we got busy so fast. We get several calls every day from potential new patients. I hate to turn them away, but my vision of this practice, which I am sticking to, is small numbers and lots of personal attention. We want to know every one of our families well and we want to help them avoid urgent care and emergency room visits whenever possible. I think we are meeting those goals pretty well. 

My previous patients who transferred seem to be liking the new office. We have received a lot of positive feedback, and they have all been very happy to see Tina Meadows, my Nurse Manager, here as well. 

My receptionist, Jennifer Williams, is also a liaison with our billing company, which makes payments and financial stuff go very smoothly. I've received many compliments on her friendliness and willingness to help. 

Our new Nurse Practitioner, Anna Krushinski, is getting settled in and doing some training. Currently, I also check on all the patients she sees, but soon she will be seeing patients independently. When that happens, we will start to add more evening and Saturday hours. However, if you have an urgent problem after hours, call the office first, before heading to an urgent care or the hospital. I live close to the office and may be able to meet you here to see your child. If not, I can at least give you advice on where to go. 

Thank you for all your support in making our practice a happy, patient centered, medical home! --Dr. Roxanne Allegretti

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