New Phase Update Effective 03.10.22

NEW PHASE EFFECTIVE Thursday, March 10th, 2022

OFFICE HOURS: Monday thru Friday, 7:45am until 4:15pm

For nearly two years, the ABC Pediatrics’ team has kept you informed of the ever-changing global COVID pandemic. We’ve monitored transmission and case rates for COVID-19 and its variants and made adjustments to our workflow while remaining committed to ensuring our patients received well care, immunizations, medication management, mental health care and allergy immunotherapy. Simultaneously, we invested in In-Office COVID PCR testing capabilities and COVID antibody testing capabilities as well as COVID vaccine administration as soon as the services could be made available to our area. We effectively processed sick patients and provided In-Office COVID related services in isolated areas of our office to mitigate the possibility of spread.


The last two years have presented us with extreme challenges. Every challenge was approached head on, analyzed and managed based on data and common sense. These challenges provided our team with increased knowledge and confidence. To you, our patient family, THANK YOU for trusting us and navigating through each phase of this pandemic cycle with us. Your kindness, support, and ability to conform to our various workflow changes have provided our staff with strength, courage, and reassurance.

With North Carolina’s transmission and positivity rates well under 5%, ABC Pediatrics will eliminate some of the strict protocols we have had in place for nearly two years.

● ALL PATIENTS will once again be welcomed through our front entrance.
● ALL PATIENTS will be processed face to face by our Front Office staff and directed to either the SICK or WELL waiting area.
● NEWBORN INFANTS will be prioritized and processed in a separate triage area and roomed in only designated newborn exam areas.
● Exam rooms will continue to be sanitized after patient visits.

New Phase Update Effective 02-07-22

NEW PHASE EFFECTIVE Monday, February 7th, 2022

OFFICE HOURS: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am until 4:15pm

ABC Pediatrics has evaluated and revised our approach in caring for the health care needs of our patients. We remain committed to ensuring patients receive well care, medication management, mental health care and allergy immunotherapy, while maintaining service for sick patients and testing during this ever-changing COVID pandemic. Our new process will go in effect Monday, February 7th, and is described below. 


Main Entrance

Our MAIN ENTRANCE, waiting areas and main clerical area will be utilized for WELL PATIENTS all day. Our health care team will respond to patients who need care for the following:

  • Well Physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Medication Management
  • Routine follow up care
  • Telehealth
  • Mental Health Services
  • Allergy Services

NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 

Second Entrance

NO WALK-INS ACCEPTED. Appointments can be scheduled at 910-892-1333.

Our SECOND ENTRANCE and processing area will be designated for SICK PATIENTS every morning from 7:45am until 11:15am. At the time of scheduling, instructions will be provided for arrival and check-in procedures. Lab results, school and work correspondence will be handled via our secure patient portal. Designated care providers will respond to patients who need care for the following:

● Exposure to Covid 19
● Change in sense of taste or smell
● COVID Testing
● Cold Symptoms
● Fever
● Sore Throat
● Cough
● Vomiting
● Diarrhea
● Shortness of Breath
● ER Follow Up
● Body Aches/Fatigue

New Phase Update from ABC Pediatrics (09-10-21)

NEW PHASE EFFECTIVE Monday, September 20th, 2021

OFFICE HOURS: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am until 4:15pm

As COVID continues to impact our community, ABC Pediatrics has evaluated and revised our approach in caring for the health care needs of our patients. We remain committed to ensuring patients receive well care, medication management, mental health care and allergy immunotherapy, while maintaining service for sick patients and testing during this ever-changing pandemic. Our new process will go in effect Monday, September 20, 2021, and is described below. 


Weekday MORNINGS will be designated for SICK PATIENTS. All available primary care providers will respond to patients who need care for the following:

● Exposure to Covid 19
● COVID Testing
● Fever
● Cough
● Shortness of Breath
● ER Follow Up

● Change in sense of taste or smell
● Cold Symptoms
● Sore throat
● Vomiting
● Diarrhea
● Body aches/fatigue

Weekday AFTERNOONS will be designated for WELL PATIENTS. All available primary care providers will respond to patients who need care for the following:

  • Well Physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Medication management
  • Routine follow up care
  • Telehealth 

Patients scheduled with our MENTAL HEALTH team and/or our ALLERGY team will be offered a different method of check in and welcomed through a side entrance for appointments from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. 

Also, effective September 20, 2021, the following services will ONLY be available via our SECURE PATIENT PORTAL

  • Medication refill requests
  • Lab results
  • COVID related school correspondence

If you have not requested and/or received your child’s Patient Portal invitation, please check with a member of our front office team to get this set up. 

NEW PHASE Update from ABC Pediatrics

NEW PHASE EFFECTIVE Monday, March 1st 2021

OFFICE HOURS: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am until 4:15pm

As we become more familiar with COVID-19 and the impact on our community, ABC Pediatrics is continuing the evolution of our approach in caring for the health care needs of our patients. We remain committed to ensuring patients receive well care, medication management, mental health care and allergy immunotherapy, while still maintaining service for our sick patients during this ever changing COVID-19 environment. Our process is described below.

ALL persons requesting entrance to our building are being screened by our clinical personnel utilizing COVID-19 CDC guidelines. A front entry screener will ensure the following questions are appropriately answered before a guest may enter the main entrance.  

Exposure to COVID19?

Anyone at home been TESTED for COVID in the past 14 days?

Fever in the last 72 hours?

Cough in the last 72 hours?

Shortness of breath?

Cold Symptoms?

Loss of Taste or Smell?

Sore throat?

Vomiting?

Body aches/fatigue?

Have you been to the ER for any of the above symptoms in the last 10 days?

  • ROUTINE MEDICAL CARE:  Patients who are cleared by the screening process will be directed to the front office for check-in processing. A specified waiting area will be reserved for newborns and infants. However, patients that DO NOT clear the screening process WILL NOT be permitted in the main entrance. Options for care include, changing the appointment to a sick or telehealth visit or rescheduling the appointment. All patients over the age of two will be required to wear a face mask.
  • SICK CARE: Provider/Nurse teams are designated daily for our SICK CLINIC. Call 910-892-1333 for an appointment time. Sick patients are processed through a different building entrance and isolated to a specific area of the building. All patients over the age of two will be required to wear a face mask.
  • TELEPHONIC & VIRTUAL CALLS: Patients needing provider advice and/or medication management but do not pass screening can maintain their child’s healthcare needs by scheduling a telehealth visit when appropriate. Telehealth (video call) appointments can be coordinated with the patient’s primary care provider by calling 910-892-1333. 
  • MENTAL HEALTH CARE: Our mental health department is fully staffed. Counselors are providing face to face sessions or connecting to patients via telehealth (video call). For scheduling, questions or additional information, please call our Mental Health Department directly at 910-892-1333, ext 2277 and speak with Maria or Victoria
  • ALLERGY DEPARTMENT:  We will continue to support our patients receiving IN-OFFICE allergy injections on your regularly scheduled visits. For scheduling, questions or additional information, please call our Allergy Department directly at 910-892-1333, ext 2241 and speak with Sandra or Jennifer.  

 

Your patience, support, and continued trust in what we do here at ABC PEDIATRICS are sincerely appreciated. 

ABC’s Rapid Covid-19 Testing is “Real-Time PCR”!

Let's Discuss Covid Testing at ABC Pediatrics..

Some of the more recent discussions regarding COVID-19 are centering around TESTING. Rapid testing. Antigen testing. Antibody testing. Molecular testing. PCR testing.

Has your employer or your child’s school or daycare presented you with questions or guidelines concerning COVID testing that has you scratching your head?

It is our hope that the following will provide you some general knowledge and clarification regarding COVID TESTING as we continue to work together to manage and conquer this ongoing COVID CHAOS!

Let's clarify:

  • Although originally meant to simply indicate that results would be available the same day as the test, RAPID TESTING can have different meanings in today’s discussions. In the past, RAPID TESTING generally referred to “antigen testing”. However, with today’s new technology, RAPID TESTING can also be used to describe MOLECULAR Testing.
  • With “Antigen Testing”, a nasal sample is used to determine if specific COVID 19 PROTEINS found on the virus’ surface are present in your nasal secretions. If this test is POSITIVE, it is likely that you currently carry the virus. However, if this test is NEGATIVE, most experts recommend that this test is “FOLLOWED UP or CONFIRMED BY A MOLECULAR TEST”.
  • MOLECULAR TESTING” is a more definitive test which looks for specific parts of the viral genome from a swab of your nasal secretions. MOLECULAR TESTNG is readily available in two forms: NAAT and RT-PCR. NAAT stands for Nucleic Acid Amplification Technique and is the methodology employed in the Abbott testing platform. This test utilizes a nasal swab and takes approximately 15 minutes to get a result. RT-PCR stands for Real Time - Polymerase Chain Reaction and is the methodology employed in the Cepheid testing platform. This test utilizes a naso-pharyngeal swab and takes approximately 45 minutes to get a result. NAAT testing recommends a RT-PCR test to CONFIRM any negative result whereas RT-PCR is the “Gold Standard” test for COVID and does NOT require any confirmatory testing. In the early days of COVID testing, it would take several days to get results back from MOLECULAR TESTING. However, advances in technology have resulted in “RAPID MOLECULAR TESTING” that can provide results in as little as 15 minutes for NAAT testing and 45 minutes for RT-PCR testing. ABC Pediatrics EXCLUSIVELY utilizes RT-PCR testing (The “GOLD STANDARD”) to evaluate, diagnose, and counsel our patients regarding COVID infections, and this testing does NOT require that it be followed up or confirmed by an additional test.(There is a link to the FACT SHEET for the RT-PCR testing that is performed at ABC Pediatrics which gives more in-depth information on this test.)
  • SEROLOGY TESTING”, also referred to as ANTIBODY TESTING, is a test that utilizes a fingerstick blood sample to look for your body’s response to the COVID virus or the COVID vaccine. If you have been exposed to or diagnosed as having COVID, or received one of the COVID vaccines, your body should respond by making ANTIBODIES to the virus. Antibodies come in two types: IgM or immediate and IgG which is delayed. IgM antibodies usually develop 7 - 21 days after exposure to the COVID virus (or vaccine) and only last a few weeks. IgG antibodies tend to develop after 14 - 28 days and stay around in your body for a lengthy period (months to years) to help protect your body and fight off any future exposures to the COVID virus. At this time, we do NOT know how long these IgG antibodies will be around OR how long they will offer protection in the future. More studies will be performed in the months ahead to give us a clearer picture of these antibodies.ABC Pediatrics is able to perform the test for COVID antibodies in our office lab with results available in 15 - 25 minutes.

At ABC PEDIATRICS, we have the technology, equipment, and the capability to perform RAPID RT-PCR COVID testing, MOLECULAR FLU and RSV testing and COVID ANTIBODY testing on our patients with results available within 15 - 45 minutes of the collection of the nasal sample OR fingerstick blood sample.

Our In-House testing methodologies and results have been verified by the NC Department of Health and Human Services to be acceptable for testing in children who have been or are at risk of  being excluded from school or daycare due to COVID exposure or illness.

If you are concerned that your child may have been exposed or may be infected with the COVID-19 virus (or FLU or RSV) and would like to have a RT-PCR TEST or Antibody test performed, please call our office at 910.892.1333 and schedule an appointment to be evaluated by one of our providers.

View the Covid 19 Fact Sheet.

Click here

Covid 19 Update- New Phase begins Monday

New Hours- Effective Monday, 07.13.20- Monday thru Friday, 8:00am until 4:15pm

SAME DAY sick and urgent visits are AVAILABLE daily in our MOBILE CLINIC. PLEASE CALL for a MOBILE CLINIC appointment time. Sick patients are isolated and necessary care is provided inside their vehicles. Services such as lab testing, nebulizer treatments and medication administration remain available for vehicle visits.

Provider/Nurse teams are designated daily for newborn infant care, well physical exams and chronic follow up care. Scheduled patients are brought into specifically designated and maintained areas of our office that are exclusively utilized for well patients and their families that pass screening. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures are performed repeatedly after each patient visit to ensure the MAXIMUM protection for our patients. Segregated triage and lab collection processes are being employed that will also protect patients from exposure to other patients. Masks or face coverings are required for all non-infant guests seeking entrance to our building.

School plans remain uncertain but we want students to be prepared. School physicals, asthma maintenance, chronic medication regimen follow ups will all be a priority. Our mental health department also remains fully staffed. Our counselors are connecting with patients for counseling and ADHD testing. For questions or additional information, please request to speak with Maria or Victoria at ext 2277.

IN-OFFICE allergy testing and immunotherapy injections are also available. For questions or additional information, please dial ext. 2241.

As always, when our office is closed, our after hours service remains available for your convenience. Just dial our main number and follow the after-hours instructions.

THANK YOU! For your support and understanding as we move through the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic together.

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Pediatric (Kawasaki-Like) Inflammatory Syndrome

Top Warning Signs and Symptoms

Consult Primary Care Physician Now if you see any/some of the following:

  • Patients less than 3 months of age- report 100.5 or higher temperature immediately
  • Patients 3 months and older, - report fever 100.5 or higher if persists beyond 3 days
  • Redness or bloodshot eyes (without pus or drainage)
  • Mouth changes- swollen, bumpy red tongue (“Strawberry tongue”)  Redness of mouth, lips and/or throat
  • Red, dry cracked or bleeding lips
  • Widespread Rash
  • Red palms of hands and/or soles of feet
  • Peeling skin (hands and/or feet)
  • Swollen hands and/or feet
  • Neck swelling- swollen lymph nodes/glands (usually one sign of neck) 
  • Severe Abdominal pain, Diarrhea or Vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Fast heartrate, chest pain or pressure
  • Fast breathing, short of breath, trouble speaking, grunting or wheezing
  • Slow or Shallow breathing or retractions (tugging of skin seen, between each rib with each breath)
  • Pale, gray or blue skin, lips
  • Headache with fever, or neck stiffness (can’t touch chin to chest)
  • Irritability, confusion, lethargy
  • Limp like a rag doll, little or no eye contact and/or little or no movement
  • Not responding normally, doesn’t recognize caregiver, doesn’t follow commands
  • Feels faint or weak
  • Not drinking or drinks very little, trouble swallowing
  • Not urinating normally, change in frequency, amount or darker colored (less than 5-6 wet diapers per day) Has not urinated in over 8 hours
  • Seizure like activity
  • Worsening-Looking or acting sicker: ANY NEW, worrisome, changing or worsening symptoms, improved, now acting sick again, or resolved fever returned

 

Contact Us:

Call: 910-892-1333

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CV Practice Update 05-28-20

Routine Appointments to resume June 1st

Beginning June 1st,  routine appointments will resume at our office.
We will maintain our mobile clinic for sick patients who do not pass screening but healthy patients will be permitted inside the office.
Each patient/guest permitted inside will be required to wear a mask.  For families that do not have access to a mask, we are graciously accepting continued donations. Elastic has been difficult to find but masks made with other stretchy material are working great!

Any questions or concerns, please call 910-892-1333. 

Practice Update-Corona Virus 03/31/2020

Shelter in Place Order DOES NOT APPLY to HEALTH CARE NEEDS.

We’ve restructured our approach to providing care and will continue to fulfill the pediatric healthcare needs of our community.  

  • SICK CARE: Until further notice, our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:00am until 3:00pm. In lieu of our walk-in clinic, SAME DAY sick and urgent visits are AVAILABLE in the morning and in the afternoon. Please come between 9:00 am and 11:00 am or between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Sick patients are isolated and necessary care is provided inside their vehicles by medical staff members fully clothed in Personal Protective gear to protect you and our staff from the spread of the Coronavirus.  All previously provided IN-OFFICE services are available to our patients being seen in their vehicle. Lab testing, nebulizer treatments and medication administration remain available for vehicle visits. 
  • NEWBORN CARE & IMMUNIZATIONS: Provider/Nurse teams are designated daily for newborn infant care and well physical exams for all patient ages. Scheduled patients are brought into specifically designated and maintained areas of our office that are exclusively utilized for well patients. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures are performed repeatedly after each patient visit to ensure the MAXIMUM protection for our patients. Segregated triage and lab collection processes are being employed that will also protect patients from extraneous exposure to other well patients.
  • TELEHEALTH VISITS: Health care provider teams are also designated daily for telephonic visits. Patients needing provider advice and/or medication management but prefer to limit exposure by not scheduling an in-office visit can maintain their child’s healthcare needs by receiving a telephonic or a virtual call from a health care provider.
  • MENTAL HEALTH: In light of the COVID19 pandemic, we understand your child may still be struggling with mental health issues, and you, as a parent, are faced with new and or unfamiliar issues.  Our mental health department remains fully staffed. Our counselors are connecting to patients via a tele-health platform (visual and audio) when the patient’s internet service permits or via telephone (audio only) when internet services are not adequate to support the visual connection. For questions or additional information, please request to speak with Maria or Victoria at ext 2227.  
  • ALLERGY SHOTS: We will continue to support our patients receiving IN-OFFICE allergy injections on your regularly scheduled visits.  

As always, after hours service remains available 7 days a week when our office is not open. Just dial our main number and follow the after-hours instructions. THANK YOU! For your support and understanding as we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic together.

RESTRUCTURED! And OPEN TO SERVE YOUR HEALTHCARE NEEDS! 03-25-20

THANK YOU! For your support and understanding as we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic on a LOCAL level.

Our ABC Pediatrics’ Family and our healthcare team would like to convey our most sincere appreciation for your support and response to our ever-evolving approach to dealing with the COVID19 pandemic. In order for our approach to be successful, we are striving to communicate with our patients on a regular, if not daily, schedule.  Our goal from the outset of the uncertainty created by COVID-19 has been and will continue to be maintaining your child’s healthcare while thoughtfully considering exposure to both our staff and our patients. Accordingly, effective Thursday, March 26th, our office hours are now 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.  This means that our previously scheduled WALK-IN CLINIC is no longer available from 7:45 am to 8:45 am.  HOWEVER, SAME DAY Sick and Urgent visits are NOW AVAILABLE ANYTIME during these new office hours. PLEASE call our office (910.892.1333) during the day or after hours for additional guidance as needed.  

ALL persons requesting entrance to our building are being screened by our clinical personnel utilizing COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Screeners take precautions to protect both themselves and our guests by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Please prepare your little ones that we may look a little different from the last time that they came to our office, but the costume is for everyone’s protection. Patients who are cleared by the screening process will be directed into and through our office accordingly. THERE WILL BE NO PATIENTS IN OUR WAITING ROOMS.  

Patients that DO NOT clear the screening process WILL NOT be permitted inside our building.  Patients not passing screening will have our medical providers COME TO THEM and they will be seen INSIDE THEIR VEHICLE.   

WE are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while obeying the guidelines of social distancing. However, we recognize the importance of maintaining ongoing and complete health care for our patients. ABC Pediatrics has developed a multifaceted approach to ensure patients receive UNINTERRUPTED well care, medication management, mental health care and allergy immunotherapy, while still maintaining service for our sick patients. Here is how we are providing these services:

  • SICK CARE: Three health care provider teams are designated daily for SICK CARE. Sick patients are isolated to their vehicles and necessary care is provided inside their vehicles. There are very few limitations for providers to provide care to sick patients. All previously IN-OFFICE services are available to our patients being seen in their vehicle.  Lab testing, nebulizer treatments and medication administration remain available for vehicle visits. 
  • NEWBORNS & WELL CARE: Three health care provider teams are designated daily for WELL CARE. Scheduled patients are brought into specifically designated and maintained areas of our office that are exclusively utilized for well patients. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures are performed repeatedly after each patient visit to ensure the MAXIMUM protection for our patients. Segregated triage and lab collection processes are being employed that will also protect patients from extraneous exposure to other well patients.
  • TELEPHONIC & VIRTUAL CALLS: At least one health care provider is designated daily for telephonic visits. Patients needing provider advice and/or medication management but prefer to limit exposure by not scheduling an in-office visit can maintain their child’s healthcare needs by receiving a telephonic or a virtual call from a health care provider.
  • MENTAL HEALTH CARE: Even though schools have transitioned to on-line and virtual classes, your child may still be struggling with mental health issues, and you, as a parent, may now be faced with new and or unfamiliar issues.  Our mental health department remains fully staffed.  At present, our counselors are connecting to patients via a tele-health modality (visual and audio) when the patient’s internet service permits or via telephone (audio only) when internet services are not adequate to support the visual connection.   For questions or additional information, please call out Mental Health Department directly at a 910.892.1333, Ext 2277 and speak with Maria or Victoria.  
  • ALLERGY DEPARTMENT:  We will continue to support our patients receiving IN-OFFICE allergy injections on your regularly scheduled visits.  For those patients who self-administer their allergy injections at home, please expect a call from one of our Allergy Specialists in the next few days for updated information.  

Your patience, support, and continued trust in what we do here at ABC PEDIATRICS are most sincerely appreciated.  Please follow us on FaceBook and visit our website for status changes, updates to our availability and to get the latest modifications to our workflow as we continually adjust and adapt our efforts to meet the needs of our patients. 

Sincerely, Dr. Vincent M. Chiodo- President

Saturday Services – Covid-19 Update

In the past, ABC Pediatrics has extended our commitment to our patients with a Saturday morning in-office clinic service.  However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced screening efforts now utilized for face to face visits at our office, weekend IN-OFFICE care will be conducted by phone until further notice.

For Saturday and Sunday assistance, please utilize our after-hours service by dialing 910-892-1333. Follow the instructions to leave a message for the ABC Pediatrics’ On-Call provider.  The On-Call provider will return your call.  Based on your discussion with the provider, and while accessing your child’s full medical record during the call, the provider will provide guidance and treatment based on your child’s history and current symptoms.

Walk-in clinic will remain available every weekday morning from 7:45 am until 8:45 am.  ALL persons seeking care will be screened by our medical personnel at the office entrance utilizing COVID-19 CDC guidelines.  Patients who are cleared by the screening process will be directed to return to their vehicles while paperwork is prepared.  When the patient’s provider is ready to see them, a staff member will call the patient/parent/guardian and escort them directly to our triage area and then directly to their exam room.  THERE WILL BE NO PATIENTS IN OUR WAITING ROOMS.

Patients that DO NOT clear the screening process as outlined by CDC guidelines for COVID-19 WILL NOT be permitted inside our building.  Those patients not passing screening will have one of our medical providers COME TO THEM and they will be evaluated INSIDE THEIR VEHICLE.

THANK YOU! for your patience, cooperation and understanding as your ABC PEDIATRICS’ HEALTHCARE TEAM attempts to follow the prescribed CDC Guidelines for safe interactions and provide care for your child during this MOST UNUSUAL COVID-19 pandemic.  Please continue to pray for our country, our leaders and your neighbors.

Covid-19 Update-March 16,2020

Office Update 03/16/2020 Corona Virus

COVID 19 has most certainly impacted our activities of daily living.  This pandemic has closed our schools, cancelled our sporting events and limited social gatherings.  From a medical standpoint, symptoms of infection can range from mild respiratory symptoms to high fever and respiratory distress.  Our family members over the age of 60, those with chronic illnesses and those with weakened immune systems seem to be the most vulnerable.  We have learned new phrases — “SOCIAL DISTANCING” and “SELF QUARANTINE”. Anxiousness, frustration, worry, and fear are emotions that are running high at this time.

At ABC Pediatrics, our approach to this pandemic has been thoughtfully considered based on recommendations from local, state and federal agencies. We believe that our efforts will help protect our patients, our patients’ families, our staff and our staff’s families from this very serious and contagious virus.

  1. At this time, ALL persons seeking entrance to our building will be screened at the entrance utilizing COVID-19 CDC guidelines by our medical personnel.  Patients who are cleared by the screening process will be directed to return to their vehicles while paperwork is prepared.  When their provider is ready to see them, a staff member will call the patient/parent/guardian and escort them directly to our triage area and then directly to their exam room.  THERE WILL BE NO PATIENTS IN OUR WAITING ROOMS.
  2. Patients that DO NOT clear the screening process as outlined by CDC guidelines for COVID-19 WILL NOT be permitted inside our building.  Those patients not passing screening will have our medical providers COME TO THEM and they will be seen INSIDE THEIR VEHICLE.
  3. Efforts are underway to personally reach out to all patients with scheduled recheck and well appointments. WE are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside our facility.  None-the-less, IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED that well patients risk exposure by coming to our office.  ABC Pediatrics’ Provider/Nurse teams will be conducting personal phone calls in lieu of face to face visits for rechecks, medication management and mental health care.

You have demonstrated your trust and confidence in our healthcare team for over 25 years.  As mentioned at the beginning of this post, much thought and consideration have gone into our strategy so that we can CONTINUE to deliver the highest level of healthcare to you and your loved ones during these most unprecedented times.  We ask for your patience, support, and continued trust.  We will keep you updated on our status and notify you of any new modifications on a daily basis as we will continue to adjust our efforts to meet the needs as they are presented to us.  We are a well-tuned healthcare deliver team and WE WILL SEE EACH AND EVERYONE of our patients through this pandemic.

DON’T forget:  UTILIZE FREQUENT HAND-WASHING, SNEEZE or COUGH into the crease of your arm, and AVOID going out into the public as much as possible for the near future.

Thank you for the trust and confidence that you have placed in us.  We will keep you and your family in our prayers and would ask you to do the same for us.

God Bless!

Corona Virus Update

Update 03/13/2020
An administrative meeting was conducted today to discuss and develop a plan for how COVID19 (The CoronaVirus) will impact your child’s healthcare delivery over the next few weeks and beyond. Please know that extensive efforts are being put into place to ensure your family receives the same level of care you’ve come to expect from our ABC Pediatrics providers while considering the Center for Disease Control’s suggestions to limit social interactions. A detailed plan will be announced in the very near future.
Our plan will include patient guest limitations, patient and guest screening prior to entering the building, designated shifts for well patient appointments, telephonic visits with a provider, visits provided in your vehicle and efficient management for patients with COVID19 exposure or symptoms. Drs. Vince and Mary Ann Chiodo are actively working with local and state agencies to prepare the ENTIRE ABC PEDIATRICS’ FAMILY for the needed evaluation and management of the multi-faceted aspects of this pandemic. Please stay tuned for further updates and information. We GREATLY appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this never before experienced situation together.
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Original Update:
Based on calls already flooding into the office about the positive Coronavirus (COVID19) in NC, Drs. Vince and Mary Ann would like our families to refer to the CDC’s website/suggestions. She feels they have compiled the most accurate, up-to-date and easy to follow information about the virus. Parents should know that our entire health care team is staying abreast of the signs, symptoms and treatment for the virus and will continue to provide the best medical treatment possible for anyone that may be affected.
Our best tip for today:
WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP AND WATER!

Enhanced Flu Testing Available at ABC Pediatrics!

FLU SEASON has MOST DEFINITELY ARRIVED!

ABC Pediatrics has now incorporated the latest flu testing technology into our in-office lab.  The new testing, called rapid molecular testing, detects RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules of the influenza virus. With a simple swab of the nose, a sample is collected and processed using the new testing method, which can quickly and more accurately determine if your child is infected with the flu virus. (more…)