We are a pediatric office with four Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Patricia Farmer, DNP, APRN-CNP, Samantha Gardner, DNP, APRN-CNP, Darshi Edirisooriya, APRN-CNP and Rachel Hodges, APRN-CNP.
We are a pediatric primary care office in Claremore, OK located 3 blocks South of Hillcrest Claremore Hospital on N. Florence Ave. We are happily excepting new patients for several private insurances and Soonercare. (Please call to find out which private insurances we are excepting.) Our kid-friendly staff and warm atmosphere make for the perfect place to seek care for your child. We have 4 Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and we would love to help take care of your family!
Operating as usual
We are open, seeing patients and will resume regular hours on Thursday, 2/18/21. Our parking lot has been cleared and is looking good. Please be safe and watch for refreezing as this snow melts. We are looking forward to warmer weather.
[02/14/21] For the safety of our patients and our team, we will be closed on Monday, 2/15. We do hope to open at 9:00am on Tuesday. We hope that everyone stays warm and safe.
Our team members are having difficulty getting to the office this morning. We are open today, just a bit slow in getting fully up and running. Here is some cuteness for your Monday morning.
[02/01/21] Annie is worn out after a morning of bringing so many smiles to those at the office. It is a tough job and she will be back at it, after a good nap.
We may see some of the common winter respiratory viruses a bit later than normal, this year.
washingtonpost.com ‘I never would have expected to see flu activity this low,' says CDC official.
Annie has been helping some of the kids with stressful moments. She just has that affect on us all.
We have a new team member! Her name is Annie. Her job is to share love and maybe to give a kiss or two. She is starting to learn the ropes and has aspirations of training to be a therapy dog. She is a 3 month old 4.5 pound Bichon Frise’. If you have been around a Bichon, they are hypoallergenic and do not shed. If you see Annie, we hope you will welcome her.
We had a very talented guest come decorate the office windows. We hope you enjoy the cheerful jungle animals as much as we do.
As we continue in our efforts to care for all of your kiddos. We ask that you join use in wearing masks, anytime you leave your home. The exception is those 2 years old and younger. They should not have a mask due to being easily suffocated by them.
From OK State Department of Health:
Fact or Fiction: A facemask cannot prevent me from catching COVID-19, but I can help reduce the spread by wearing one.
Common surgical facemasks are not designed to block viral particles – the little droplets that are expelled into the air when you cough or sneeze while sick. These types of masks do not create a seal around your nose and mouth and therefore are not an effective method for keeping germs out.
They are, however, an effective way to reduce the spread of viral particles. You might be saying to yourself – wait a minute, how is that possible? A mask can help keep me from spreading germs if I’m already sick, but it can’t prevent me from getting sick in the first place?
Yes. That is exactly what we are saying here. The CDC indicates that surgical facemasks can help prevent further spread of viral particles for those who are feeling unwell. This guidance focuses on the 25% of Americans who may be positive for COVID-19, but are not exhibiting any symptoms. When people must go into public settings, such as grocery stores, a facemask can reduce the respiratory particles released in the air.
So there is no confusion here - the facemask is not intended to protect the person who is wearing it, instead it is intended to prevent the spread of the virus from the wearer to others.
This was borrowed from a friend. I thought it might give a perspective. Though admittedly, it is a bit somber.
One of the hardest parts of COVID-19.
The halls are empty. There are no visitors now- trying to lock out infection I guess.
The nonemergency surgeries have been cancelled to keep supplies and staff ready. Most people aren’t coming to the ER for minor problems because they are listening to what we ask.
The wave is coming we hear. It’s the lag between the earthquake and the tsunami finally hitting shore.
Every test we want to run is a fight with the powers that be to allow testing.
-They don’t meet the criteria.
-We don’t have enough tests.
-They aren’t sick enough to test.
So we know the numbers on your TV aren’t.even.close.
None of us know what to expect.
If we will have enough.
How many we will lose.
Will we do enough.
Will we know what to do.
It all changes so fast- multiple times a day.
The nurses are terrified. The house keepers hustle through their day. Not much laughter at the nurses station anymore.
The providers are scared. There is no roadmap for this. We know our colleagues are dying after providing care.
But still we wait. And we are as ready as we will ever be.
Hope this helps. Remember, hand washing and social distancing are two of the top things you can do.
We want to keep you updated on some of our efforts to care for your children and the community.
-We are asking that only 1 adult and the child being seen come to the appointment.
-We will see children in the mornings for ears, behavior, well/vaccine visits.
-Sick children, coughing, running fever, have sore throats, etc., will be seen in the afternoons.
-If your child is sick, please call from your car to let us know you are in the parking lot. As soon as a room is available, we will direct you to come in through the north hallway door, not the lobby.
If you have questions or concerns, please let us know, 918-283-4660. Remember, we cannot provide any patient information via Facebook.
As everyone knows, times are changing. We are trying to keep up with all of the changes and do our part to keep your children as safe and healthy as we can. Facebook is one of the ways we will communicate. We may use texting, if you have already signed up for that form of communication. Here are some of the things we are doing to help your children. We ask that:
-only one adult bring your child to the appointment.
-the adult not be sick or have had a fever in the past 24 hrs.
-when possible, you do not bring other children with you.
-prior to arrival, tell us if you or the child has had a known exposure to COVID-19.
Some of the things we are doing:
-Trying to schedule ill visits in the afternoon and well/recheck/behavior visits in the morning.
-Working extra hard to not have patients sitting in the lobby. We will make adjustments to this as needed.
-Taking staff temperatures twice daily.
-Giving extra attention to our own cleaning and hand washing.
Remember that hand washing and social distancing are two of the biggest things that we can all do to help keep ourselves and others healthy.
Thank you as we all adjust to this evolving event.
Congratulations to James Epperson, newest officer with Claremore Police Department. We are proud of his big accomplishment. He will serve Claremore well.
We are so excited to be a part of this event. If you have a horse and interest, plan to compete for one of these buckles. If not, come cheer on those that are competing. Good luck!
Huge THANK YOU to Trish Farmer and Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma in Claremore for her sponsorship of both buckles for the Western Walk Trot challenge classes at our upcoming October 5 & 6 in Claremore! Everyone can enter any type of horse, it is a $10 entry, must show both days, separate divisions for youth and adult! Winner takes home the beautiful buckle pictured!
If you get a chance, thank Trish for her sponsorship! She is a new OBHA member and really enjoys showing with us in the ranch riding events! We are glad she has joined OBHA!
Reserve your stalls on our webpage! The stalls usually get filled up for our October show!
For interested parents:
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[05/20/19] For safety of our patients and staff, our office will close by 3:00 today. If you have an emergency, our after hours call system will be available. We hope that everyone stays safe, keeps their power and doesn’t have flooding problems.
Understandably, parents are having concerns regarding measles. They are highly contagious. The greatest prevention is getting vaccinated. If you truly think your child has measles, please notify our office or other healthcare facility before you enter the building. This will help keep the illness from spreading and endangering others.
nytimes.com The measles vaccine is not usually given to children until they are a year old. So some new parents are avoiding public places and anti-vaccine friends.
washingtonpost.com The number of people sickened by the highly contagious and occasionally deadly disease climbed by 78 during the first week of April.
We are sometimes asked about resources for adults who have no insurance. This is a wonderful clinic in Collinsville. They may be able to help.
valuenews.com Arubah Community Clinic sits in the heart of downtown Collinsville and is a labor of love from community leaders to anyone without insurance in need of medical assistance. This free clinic is funded entirely by private donations and operated by volunteer medical doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, X-ray...
"We now have clinical studies with over one million children enrolled, showing there’s no link between vaccines and autism, not MMR, not thimerosal-containing vaccines, not vaccines closely spaced, not aluminum-containing vaccines, not to mention the fact there is no evidence showing that there is a link."
[12/31/18] We wish all of our families and friends a Happy New Year. We are closed until 1/2/2019.
Important reminder, especially this time of year.
healthychildren.org As a general rule, bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat.
Parents, Please note recent news updates:
US Surgeon General Warns Of The Dangers Of Teen E-Cigarette Use.
The AP: (12/18, Perrone) reports in an advisory, Surgeon General Jerome Adams “said parents, teachers, health professionals and government officials must take ‘aggressive steps’ to keep children from using e-cigarettes.” Adams said, “nicotine is dangerous and it can have negative health effects. It can impact learning, attention and memory, and it can prime the youth brain for addiction.” He added, “We do know that these newer products, such as Juul, can promote dependence in just a few uses.”
Reuters: (12/18, Maddipatla) reports the advisory said, “One of the most commonly sold USB flash drive shaped e-cigarettes is JUUL, which experienced a 600 percent surge in sales during 2016-2017, giving it the greatest market share of any e-cigarette in the U.S. by the end of 2017.”
If you have recently purchased Walmart, CVS, or Family Dollar brands of infant ibuprofen in the 0.5 oz bottle, please note.
usatoday.com New Jersey-based Tris Pharma, Inc. said there is a "remote possibility'' an increased amount of ibuprofen could lead to permanent kidney injury in infants.
abcnews.go.com The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released an updated clinical report with recommendations on the best toys for children's development -- toys that promote play between a caregiver and child. The report focuses on toys for children from birth through school age. As "interactive"...
We have loved the costumes and trick or treaters. Happy Halloween!
A mysterious illness is sweeping the nation, leaving children with muscle weakness and even paralysis in some cases including one case right here in Oklahoma. OU's Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Dr. Robert Welliver says parents should be aware but not panic, “the perspective to maintain is that’s 160 cases nationwide, and there’s four million children born every year, so it’s really one per million children."
Oklahoma Alliance for Healthy Families
Vaccinate Your Family: By getting immunized during pregnancy as recommended by the CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - ACOG, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), a mother can lessen her child’s chances of contracting diseases when he/she are most vulnerable (and before he/she can receive their own immunizations)
There are already cases of flu in the community and it takes two weeks to build immunity after you receive the vaccine. Though it is never a guarantee, symptoms of the flu should be less, if you get the flu and have had the vaccine. You can NOT get the flu from the vaccine. We have flu clinic appointments available.
Although 90 percent of those deaths were in people over age 65, the flu also killed 180 young children and teenagers, more than in any other year since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began using its current surveillance methods.
This is wonderful news for Oklahoma!
The Oklahoma State Department of Health received $7 million from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support home visiting services. These services focus on improving maternal and child health.
We want to give a big welcome to Darshi. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt University. Darshi will be a wonderful addition to this practice. We are so excited that she will be joining us in November.
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