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Important Office Transition

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Over the first week of March, we transitioned our computer system, migrating from single family style accounts to individual patient accounts.   

As a result, there has been a bit of a delay at check-in            as we verify each child’s demographic and financial information, as well as obtain a new copy of each child’s insurance card. 

  We recommend that you arrive 15-20 minutes early for your appointment as we continue this transition. 

How will you be affected by this transition?

  • You will need to bring all insurance cards to your next appointment. 

  • Temporarily, the registration and check-in process may be longer. (Arriving 15-20 mins early will help reduce wait times)

  • You will now receive separate billing statements for each child.

  • This upgrade will help us to better serve you.                                                                                            

     We thank you for your patience during this process.

UPDATE: Helping Hands Food Pantry at GP

In 2018, Genesis Pediatrics gave out over 81 bags of food which helped over 60 of our Genesis Pediatrics families. 

We continue to collect standard items for pre-filled bags to give out to our families in need. These items include: 

1 – BOX OF PASTA

1 – JAR OF PASTA SAUCE

1 – BOX OF MAC AND CHEESE

1 – BOX OF OATMEAL

1 – JAR OF PEANUT BUTTER

1 – JAR OF JELLY

1 – CAN OF SOUP

1 – BOX OF CEREAL

1 – CAN OF FRUIT

1 – CAN OF VEGETABLES

If you are interested in donating any of the above items to our Helping Hands Food Pantry, we would certainly appreciate your support!

Do You Have the Patient Portal?

Did you know…? 

Genesis Pediatrics has a Patient Portal available to all of our patient families.  It is a way for caregivers to communicate with our staff and obtain patient information, whether it be a non-urgent medical question to be answered, or the need to obtain a letter/form or lab results. It is also a way for caregivers to update family and social history in their child(ren)’s medical record. It should not be used for urgent or emergent medical questions.

Did you know…?

Our Patient Portal has the capability to attach a document (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PDF, Word and Excel) to a portal message. This will allow our patients to securely submit forms requiring completion by a provider (for school, Boy Scouts, camp, college, volunteering, etc). 

Did you know…?

There is a 3 business day turn around for Portal message responses. 

If you don’t have the Patient Portal, please ask for an activation code at your next visit!

Just One More Reason to Check…

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In recent weeks, there have been reports about inappropriate content hidden within kid-appropriate YouTube videos.  There have been multiple videos found on YouTube Kids that revealed hidden suicide instructions or characters that are encouraging children to commit high-risk acts.  The most recent trend called the “Momo Challenge” consists of a terrifying doll named “Momo” that asks the viewer to participate in ‘challenges’ that range from harmless to deadly.  

We highly encourage monitoring your child’s internet activity, but with this latest trend, we caution you…

  • to pay very close attention to what your child may be viewing.

  • to talk with them often about what types of videos they are watching and what they may be learning about.

  • to check their search history regularly.

  • to check the settings on their device, as these can be adjusted for age.

Here are recent stories from 13WHAM news and the Democrat & Chronicle about this topic. 

Regardless if this is a hoax or a video that lures our children to harm themselves, parents need to be aware of any app that may expose children to unsafe topics, thoughts and/or behaviors. Though it may feel overwhelming, monitoring online activity on phones, devices, and computers is important to setting safe boundaries and maintaining age-appropriate discussions.

This is just one more reason to check in with your kids and talk with them every day!

Helping Hands Food Pantry Donation

January 2019 was National Poverty Awareness Month. Approximately 44% of all children in the city of Rochester are living in poverty.  

The Helping Hands Food Pantry at Genesis Pediatrics serves our patient families who are in need. 

The University of Rochester’s Center for Perioperative Medicine is part of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.  Every month the clinic organizes a “Wear Jeans Day” and all donations are used to support a local cause.  The clinic decided to join the outreach initiative spearheaded by the Helping Hands Food Pantry at Genesis Pediatrics, and was able to donate 22 pre-filled bags of food.  In addition, Wegmans donated the reusable bags to sort and deliver the donations.

We thank them for this generous donation to our food pantry!

IMPORTANT OFFICE INFORMATION

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

On March 1st, we will be upgrading our computer system and migrating from single family style accounts to individual patient accounts.   

As a result of this upgrade, at your next visit, we will verify each child’s demographic and financial information, as well as obtain a new copy of each child’s insurance card.

How will you be affected?

  • You will need to bring all insurance cards to your next appointment.

  • Temporarily, the registration and check-in process may be longer. (Arriving 15-20 mins early will help reduce wait times)

  • You will now receive separate billing statements for each child.

This upgrade will help us to better serve you. We thank you for your patience as we transition.

 

MEASLES: IMPORTANT INFORMATION

As you may already know, there have been 2 confirmed cases of measles in the Spencerport School District consisting of siblings who attend Canal View Elementary School. The Monroe County Health Department is involved and the proper precautions are being taken. 

Most importantly, your child is considered to be up-to-date with their measles vaccine if:

  1. the child is >12 months & <4 years old and has received the 1st MMR vaccine.

  2. if the child is >4 years old and has received 2 doses of MMR vaccine. 

If the above is true for your child(ren), and there has been no known exposure to measles, then the information below is FYI about this very serious illness. 

IMPORTANT MEASLES INFORMATION**

**NOTE: If you have chosen to not vaccinate your child(ren) for measles, please read the following information:
– To protect your children and other vulnerable patients in our waiting room, we ask that your children not be brought to our office for the next 3 weeks.  If your child has an urgent medical issue that cannot wait, please call and discuss with a nurse so we may make special arrangements to see your child.  

– Protection with MMR vaccine now, even after exposure, may prevent or lessen the severity of measles. Please call for a nurse visit  if you would like to protect your children from measles. 

  • What is measles?

    Measles is a serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. It is very contagious. You can catch it just by being in a room where someone with measles coughed or sneezed.

    • 9 out of 10 unprotected patients will be infected if sharing the same space as someone who has measles.

    • The air space is contagious up to 2 hours after the ill patient has left the area. 

  • What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms usually appear about 10 to 12 days after a person is exposed to measles. The first symptoms are usually:

    • High fever

    • Cough

    • Runny nose

    • Red watery eyes

    • Rash 

      • Usually appears 2 to 4 days after the fever begins and lasts 5 to 6 days. 

      • Begins at the hairline, moves to the face and neck, down the body and then to the arms and legs. 

      • Small red spots, some of which are slightly raised. Spots and bumps in tight clusters give the skin a splotchy red appearance.

 

A few important facts:

1) A person with measles can pass it to others from 4 days before a rash appears through the 4th day after the rash appears. Before the rash, symptoms are similar to a routine viral cold w/ runny nose and cough. 

2)  An exposed individual may come down with measles any time in the next 21 days.

3) Measles is a serious disease especially for children under 5 years old and the elderly.

o    About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized.

o    Many people with measles have complications such as diarrhea, ear infections or pneumonia.

o    1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage and deafness.

o    1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

o    Measles during pregnancy increases the risk of early labor, miscarriage and low birth weight infants.

Is there a treatment for measles?
There is no treatment but acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be taken to reduce a fever. People with measles also need bed rest and fluids. They also may need treatment for complications such as diarrhea, an ear infection or pneumonia.

More information can be found at the New York State Department of Health website