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Tiny and Tall!

Welcome to Pediatrics South Online, your resource for information about one of Pittsburgh’s largest independent pediatric practices. We have been providing quality care for more than 60 years, which means we have patients who not only grew up coming to us, but are now bringing their children, or even their grandchildren to us! We have built a reputation and a presence in the community for providing warm and friendly service.

We continue to be committed to delivering the finest pediatric care in the area.


 

**** Pediatrics South Vaccine Policy Statement***

 

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.

We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.

We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.  We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.

We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.  The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of many years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
Pediatrics South will no longer accept new patients who refuse to vaccinate.
 This pertains to newborns and transfers to the practice.
Please visit the following link to the AAP statement regarding vaccine refusal and to review the waiver that must be signed by the current families who refuse to vaccinate: 
We will continue to provide care to all of our current patients and will continue to encourage proper vaccination of this group.
If a current non or under vaccinating family has a newborn, we will provide care for that child as we have already accepted them as our patients.

We recognize that the choice to vaccinate may be a very emotional one for some parents/caregivers.  We will do everything to convince you that vaccinating according to schedule is the right thing to do.  If you have doubts, please discuss them with your health care provider.  In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations.  Please be advised, however, that delaying or "breaking up the vaccines" to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious illness and goes against our medical advice as providers at Pediatrics South.  

As medical professionals, we feel strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults. 

Thank you for your time in reading this policy, and please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any one of us at Pediatrics South.

 


    *+*+* We are so excited to welcome *+*+*

Dr. Wilmarie Garcia

to our Pediatrics South family!!!

 
Please read on for a short bio written by Dr. Garcia to introduce herself....
 
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico (P.R.). I am the youngest of 3 siblings. Have 2 older brothers, one lives in Denver, Co. and the other in PR. Both of  my parents live in P.R.
I lived in the windy city (Chicago, IL) for close to  16 years. I graduated from college at NEIU . Did medical school and Pediatric Residency at University of Illinois at Chicago. I met my now husband Steve Strock during my residency program. In 2011, my husband matched at  the Vanderbilt University Medical Center ‘s   Internal Medicine Residency Program and moved and lived in Nashville, TN  for 3 years. I had the honor  to work in 2 Pediatric clinics in TN including: Rainbow Kids Clinic in Clarksville and Hendersonville Children’s Clinic . In both locations , I worked as an outpatient and inpatient physician: admitting and rounding in Pediatric Ward and  Newborn nursery. 
I take pride in teaching medical students, residents, and NP’s. 
I  have special interest in Gastrointestinal, Asthma/Allergy, and Dermatologic conditions. 
I enjoy getting to know and work closely with patients and their families. 
Hobbies: ballroom dancing, traveling, culinary, entertainment (plays, concerts, ballet), reading , exercising etc…
I am very excited in becoming part of Pediatrics South’s family…Everyone has been great and very welcoming. 

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Exciting News !!!

*^*^*^*^WALK-IN HOURS*^*^*^*^

Beginning June 22, 2015

Walk-In hours will be available Monday through Friday 

8:30 am to 9:30 am at all 3 offices!  

Walk-In Criteria:
 
*Symptoms fewer than 3 days
 
*Children older than 4 months
 
*Routine health problems like sore throat, ear pain, cough and cold symptoms, fever, rash or pink eye
 
 For well-child check ups and children with complex or chronic health issues like asthma, stomachaches and headaches, please schedule a regular appointment.
 
Walk-In patients are seen in the order they arrive.
 
These appointments are available to Pediatrics South patients only.
 
Please check in by 9:15 am to ensure availability of appointment.
 

  



 

A Special Message from Brooke Pletcher,CRNP...

 It is with mixed emotions that I announce my family’s relocation to Princeton New Jersey.  My husband, Jon, has accepted a new position and we will be moving in August.    It has been a great pleasure being part of the Pediatrics South team.  I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know the wonderful families in the practice.  Watching the children grow over the past 7 years has been a real joy.  I will treasure my experience and I wish you all the best of health. 
 
Sincerely,
Brooke Pletcher
 



          



 
 
~~~Important Message Regarding Insurance Plans~~~
 
 
Pediatrics South has been and will continue to be an independent practice.  
We are able to accept all insurances
(only the Partners Plan of UPMC is excluded).
 
 
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices for answers.
 
 

 



 




Baseline ImPACT Testing


Pediatrics South provides comprehensive care for children and adolescents.  As part of that comprehensive care, we evaluate and treat our patients suspected of having a concussion using the latest techniques and tests available.  We offer both baseline and post-injury ImPACT testing.  We approach each patient with a unique treatment plan based upon their specific symptoms, addressing the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of concussions. 

 

The cost is $25

~Schedule an appointment today~

 
     The testing is available to our patients and new friends!


 



 

We are happy to offer evening and Saturday appointments!
 
* a $30 fee will be charged to your insurance company for any visits after 5:30pm and weekends.
Your insurance company will determine how this fee will be applied. 
* Behavioral Health visits are exempt from this fee.

 

 



 
 
~~~~~ Annual Physical Reminder ~~~~~

 Schedule your appointment today! 

Special Note:

In order for any forms to be completed, patients must be up-to-date with their physicals.
 

Seasonal Info:

We offer mini-physical appointments for our patients who need a post-June 1st  date on school and/or sports forms and it hasn't been a year since their last physical.
The cost is $30.
 
* All forms that require a health history completed by parents must be reviewed by the practitioners prior to the completion of any additional physical forms.
 


 
 
NEW SCHEDULING POLICY REGARDING
DRIVER'S
PERMIT FORMS

Patients will need to make an appointment for the completion of a driver's permit form.  A fee will be assessed based upon the complexity of the visit.  The PA Department of Transportation requires that all individuals seeking a permit must have a current physical and complete the form in front of a practitioner.


 
DUE TO THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR FORM COMPLETIONS THIS TIME OF YEAR, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT "SAME DAY" FORM COMPLETION MAY REQUIRE PICK-UP AT THE END OF THE DAY.
 
*effective April 15, 2015, the fee to complete same day forms is $15.
All other forms may be completed for a fee of $10.
Forms completed at a physical visit do not incur a fee. 

THANK YOU!

 

 



 


 

 Behavioral Health Team


Our highly experienced and dedicated team is available for patient evaluation. 

For questions and information,contact Joan Schneider at 412-561-7541 or
jschneider@pediatricssouth.com. 

Additional information and resources can be found in our Patient Education section through the behavioral health folder.

*Behavioral Health Visits are for registered patients only.




 
 
Nutrition and Weight Management 
 
We provide individualized programs for our patients.

For more information, contact Lizzy Lawson at 412-561-7541 ext 1114.
 


We are proud to be a MEDICAL HOME practice!

Contact Roxanne Shoup at 412-561-7541 or rshoup@pediatricssouth.com to learn more about the coordinated care available for our special needs patients.

 



 

Expecting a Baby?

Schedule a complimentary prenatal consultation!

Send inquiries to Dina O'Toole at 
dotoole@pediatricssouth.com or call 412-561-7541 ext. 1102

 



 
 
Medical Records Update:

Please contact us if you would like a copy of your latest visit.


 







CONCUSSION TREATMENT

 

Please read this excerpt from the first in a series of articles, "What is a concussion?",  written by Dr. Marc Yester of our Peters location:


                            " At times, living in Pittsburgh can seem like you’re in the center of the concussion universe.  We are a sports obsessed region, surrounded by professional athletes, making concussions a regular topic of discussion.  Whether it’s Ben Roethlisberger, Sidney Crosby, or a local high school athlete, head injuries are constantly reported, debated, and discussed.  In this article..."

Read the full article in our PATIENT EDUCATION section and stay tuned for the second article in this series!






 

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