The Wellness Roundup With Dr. Jill

Welcome Dr. Namm! Silver Linings for Healthy Kids Pediatrics

Welcome Dr. Rachelle Namm to the Healthy Kids Team!!

You have been asking for more same day sick appointments, greater availability of providers throughout the day, and more flexibility scheduling well visits. You expect sound advice and guidance from dedicated pediatric medical professionals with years of experience backed by a strong team of knowledgeable, caring, and competent medical assistants. We demand excellence in our delivery of loving, comprehensive care to your children and your family. You deserve all of this and we are so excited to be able to continue to provide our award-winning services with the addition of pediatrician Dr. Rachelle Namm!

Especially now, during the start of cold and flu season and with the potential for a surge in novel coronavirus cases looming, we must be diligent as we prepare our staff and our services to face the known winter-time challenges as well as the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will play a role.

In addition to adding telemedicine to our list of services and securing ample personal protective equipment to keep our team and your family safe during visits, the fortunate addition of Dr. Namm to our team allows us to do two really big things we were not able to do for the past few years!

1. Increase provider availability by adding an additional full day’s worth of appointments on all Wednesdays and Fridays as well as additional hours on Monday evenings

2. For a very limited time, open our doors to expectant families who were previously unable to attend our open houses as well as families who are looking to transfer into our practice.

The coronavirus pandemic has posed immeasurable challenges to all of us, but for many there has been a silver lining…a slower pace of living, more family dinners, potty training and bicycle riding successes, and a unique opportunity to be with your children and get to know them better than ever before.

The pandemic also caused the careers of many excellent pediatricians to become disrupted as a result of their practices downsizing or closing altogether. The silver lining for us was the unexpected and incredible opportunity we experienced when we discovered Dr. Namm.

We thank you for welcoming Dr. Namm into the HKP family and we know you will find her care to follow the same high standards of exceptional care and service you have come to expect and deserve!

-HKP

2020 Favorite Kids’ Docs – NJ Family Magazine – Congrats to Dr. Jill and the HKP Team!

Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino, Favorite Kids’ Doc 2020

Thank you to all of our families for voting Dr. Jill. P.J.,and the Healthy Kids Pediatrics Team one of NJ’s Favorite Kids’ Docs again this year!

It is our pleasure to continue to provide your children with exceptional care and to be your trusted medical home.

Way to go team! 💛👍 

-HKP

Should Kids Go Back to School? Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino Featured on The ModernMom Podcast

There are a lot of things to consider regarding children eventually going back to school whether it’s in-person, virtual, or hybrid format. Kudos to Winnie Sun and ModernMom for providing their viewers with an informative, polite, and judgment-free discussion with a pediatrician (Dr. Jill) and a teacher (Hedreich Nichols).

Everyone agreed that there are no perfect solutions to the current situation, but there are several safety and lifestyle measures that can put in place to minimize your child’s everyday risk from inevitable challenges that our country faces now and will inevitably face in some other form in the future.

Hedreich mentioned something that most of us don’t consider. From a learning perspective, she’s more concerned about the disruption in a child’s daily routine that might occur with a hybrid schedule for her son so she’s opting for a 100% virtual format when school reopens.

Dr. Jill also mentioned something that most of us don’t consider. From a long-term health perspective, she’s more concerned about the current health habits and lifestyles of Americans which are significantly decreasing the effectiveness of their immune systems and their ability to fight this virus and many other preventable diseases like obesity, which affects 20% of our children and 70% of our adults.

Thank you ModernMom for inviting Dr. Jill to participate and featuring her on your podcast! We wish all of your viewers continued health and happiness.

-HKP

The Healthy Kids Team Pays It Forward with a Gown Donation to Colleagues

A few months ago, a few very generous people donated some PPE to the Healthy Kids Team when we were in need. 🙏 

After finally securing a large shipment of isolation gowns for our own practice to help protect our patients and our families, Dr. Jill donated 500 isolation gowns to some of her fellow physician colleagues across the country. 👍 

Let’s all keep taking care of each other and paying it forward. 

💛Stay healthy and happy! -HKP

Level 1 Polypropylene Disposable and Fluid Resistant Isolation Gowns Have Arrived for Dr. Jill and P.J.!

Our PPE shipment of fluid resistant disposable PPE gowns have finally arrived!

In this excerpt from the latest HKP update video, Dr. Jill and P.J. demonstrate the effectiveness of their new polypropylene (40 gsm) isolation gowns. We waited over 2 months for these specific gowns to arrive. They are lightweight & breathable, yet constructed and pre-treated in a way that prevents fluid exposure, microorganisms, and other harmful substances from penetrating the gown.

This is a huge deal for the protection of our patients and our families as it greatly reduces the risk of potential cross contamination between sick and well patient visits throughout the day. It also helps protect Dr. Jill and P.J. so they can continue to stay healthy.

It was a considerable expense due to the national shortage and rampant price gouging, but absolutely worth the peace of mind.

-HKP

Positive Survey Feedback, Isolation Gowns, and Important Scheduling Updates for Healthy Kids!

In this episode of HKP Q&A, Dr. Jill and P.J. discuss: -the arrival of our new disposable fluid resistant polypropylene isolation gowns. -an update to our sick and well visit scheduling as a result of increased appointments. -a Fall flu clinic preview -the positive feedback that HKP received from our recent survey regarding the additional preparedness, cleanliness, and safety measures we’ve implemented in our office. (*Patients love the daily mandatory temperature scans and questionnaires that our team has to fill out at the beginning of each shift as well as knowing that all of our patients are screened as well upon arrival.) Wishing all of our families a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

-HKP

Healthy Kids Pediatrics Hosts Its First Ever VIRTUAL Open House!

That was exciting! Dr. Jill and P.J. brought their informative and helpful prenatal event right to your living room! Healthy Kids Pediatrics welcomed 25 expecting couples to join them for a comprehensive open house and tour from the comfort of their favorite couch.

Guests received some useful tips on how to be awesome first-time parents, they learned what to expect from our medical home and what we expect from all of our families in return, and they saw why Healthy Kids Pediatrics has earned its award-winning reputation.

If you or someone you know is an expecting parent, we invite you to reserve a spot for our next event (which is hopefully going to be in-person at our Nutley NJ location). Please call our office for more details. 844-437-5455.

Best wishes,

-HKP

Vaccine Preventable Diseases: NJ.com interviews Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino from Healthy Kids Pediatrics

As families stay home, fewer kids are getting vaccines. It’s another obstacle schools face in reopening. By Amanda Hoover- NJ.com

Dr. Jill was interviewed by NJ.com last week. The article features her guidance for keeping the kids in our country healthy and safe. It also explains some of the specific measures our practice has taken these past 2 months to ensure that HKP families continued to receive the best pediatric care possible despite the challenges.

“The fear of coronavirus is making people not want to vaccinate,” said Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino, owner of Healthy Kids Pediatrics in Nutley. “This unfortunate potential of vaccine-preventable illnesses, that’s the thing that’s scaring pediatricians the most. If we don’t vaccinate, we’re going to decrease herd immunity. These are not benign illnesses.”

“…[Dr. Jill] said her practice has separated well and sick children, seeing those with symptoms curbside. She said she requires children within her practice to receive vaccinations…”

Click on this link to view the full article and additional quotes.

Thank you, Dr. Jill!

HKP 👍

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