Newsletter

DOCTOR'S CORNER

I sincerely appreciate your responses to last month’s survey.

We have developed a concept of membership to support families and children without insurances that are seeking medical services at the practice.

Many local governments, including Montgomery County, as well as non-profit organizations are offering services for uninsured patients, but many families are seeking a difference in the quality of attention, a more personalized treatment. Also, there have been changes in the policies of those services, resulting in some families not qualifying for them.

Due to that reality, we are offering annual memberships as a way to help families to receive the same quality services we provide to any child and ease their payment load at the time of their visit, allowing for services to be paid for throughout the year in smaller, monthly membership amounts.

We have different levels of memberships based on patients’ medical needs, from basic services to more complex as some children may need more medical follow-ups.

Adding to the general membership, we offer an individual and family weight management membership open to all the local community.

Though we are a private practice, with no government help, we are trying to find effective solutions for the needs of the community we serve.

Please click on the link below to check on the details.
Dr. Monica Pourrat

https://thevillagepediatrics.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/EbBdj-c7tN5IrBQfo0S0K0YB0YFyChao68S3Na0or7-k_g?e=Bkk4iB

TIPS ON HOW TO RAISE HEALTHY EATERS

We all need tips in order to raise healthy eaters

  • Table Manners
  • Serve regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of nutrient-rich foods (fruits, cheese, yogurt, veggies with hummus) and less processed foods .
  • Provide calm, pleasant meal times where all the family can talk together.
  • Remove distractions such as television, phones and tablets so that your attention is on each other.
  • Allow children to use their internal signals to decide how much and what to eat from the foods you set out for each meal.
  • Expand your menu with new recipes from different cultures and cuisines.
  • Eat healthy so your children can copy your healthy habits at home or away from home
  • Learn nutrition from eatright.org

Make Family Meal Times a Priority, as eating and talking together helps to:

  • Foster family unity
  • Prevent behavior problems at home and school
  • Enhance academic success
  • Improve nutrition
  • Promote healthy weight for kids

Start with one meal a week soon you will be wanting to eat together at all meals possible

Get Kids Involved in Nutrition

  • Ask your children to cook with you
  • Looking for cooking classes
  • Take your kids shopping so your children can learn about food groups, choose new foods they want to try
  • Older Children can plan the menu at home and then pick out the foods to match the menu items while shopping.

Eating healthy as a family is the best!

https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/eating-as-a-family/raise-healthy-eaters-in-the-new-year

WELCOME RACHEL!

Rachel will be with us until June 28th
She is a PA student from George Washington University in D.C.

“My hobbies are running, hiking, spending time outside, reading, seeing theater/movies/art shows, seeing friends, and traveling (when I get the chance).

My future dreams are:
To become a skilled physician assistant who takes good care of her patients.
To be thought of as a good daughter, sister, wife/partner, friend, and cat mom.”

I look forward to getting to know all of you!

This Month's Schedule

Monday: 8:30am-7:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am-5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-3:00pm
Saturday 8 and 15, 9am-1pm

 

YOUR JULY NEWSLETTER


A message from your NP!

"Let's talk Summer Safety!"

Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.

Prevent drowning by:

  • Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children.
  • Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life.
  • Install a four-sided fence around home pools.

Prevent Heat-related Illnesses:

  • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours.
  • Stay cool with cool showers or baths.
  • Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays.
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.

Keep mosquitos from bugging you this summer by:

  • Using effective bug repellent, such as DEET, while playing outdoors.
  • Prevent ticks in the backyard by applying pesticide

For more information, please go to https://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/index.htm

 

Health Coach's Corner:

"It's time to hydrate!"

When the temperatures rise we need to hydrate more. Especially when you are doing sports, traveling at the beach or the pool or you are outdoors and it is very hot outside.

To be hydrated is crucial for your muscles and your heart. Dehydration can be dangerous. How can you know if you are dehydrated?

Thirst is not the best way to know if you need to drink water, the best way to know is by paying attention to your urine. If your urine is pale and clear you are hydrated, if your urine is dark yellow you are dehydrated and you need more liquids.

Water is the best way to hydrate, you need to drink at least 8 glasses x 8 oz of water a day, but also eating fruits and vegetables is a good way to keep hydrated.

In hot summer days in addition to more water enjoy Watermelon, Melon, Berries, Tomatoes, Salads, Raw Vegetables . You can add some lemon juice to your water or cut some fruits like strawberries or oranges or even cucumber and lemon to add to your bottle of water, this way you can add flavor to your plain water.

Don’t drink coffee because caffeine is a diuretic and can cause you to lose more fluids. Sport drinks are only good for people doing vigorous exercise.

Also let’s buy our own plastic PBA free or glass bottle of water to reduce using plastic waste. Helping our bodies and protect our planet at the same time.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Staying-Hydrated---Staying-Healthy_UCM_441180_Article.jsp#.WxWtykgvxaQ


 

Our Schedule

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am-5 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am-5 pm
Thursday: 8 am-5 pm
Friday: 8 am-3 pm

Saturday 13 & 20 9am-1pm

We will be closed on the 4th and 5th of July


Our Portal

Please join The Portal using this URL from your computer,
http://mycw104.ecwcloud.com/portal14237/jsp/login.jsp
Ask us for your user name and password.

FOR YOUR PRIVACY

If you want to contact us for medical questions, we don't recommend using regular text or any social media such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, or Viber. We offer all our patients the opportunity to join our PORTAL which is a HIPPA approved system for practitioners and patients to communicate securely. This is the most secure system to protect your privacy. If you prefer not to use the portal, we need to know, as it is a legal liability for us. For that reason, you will need to sign a waiver letting us know your preferred means of communication.The Waiver should be updated annually.

 


DOCTOR'S CORNER

I hope you are enjoying the summer to the fullest! It is so great to have time to relax, play and have more family time, even if you, as adults, still need to work. Relaxation time is very important to renew energy for the approaching new school year. Another important factor for your kids to achieve the maximum potential at school is preparation, academically and through updating health care plans for school.

We are in the process of being certified as providing high quality of service by NCQA, and part of the services is preparation before school starts with review of management, plans, goals for the control of chronic conditions such as asthma, severe allergies, ADHD, depression, headache/migraines, and obesity, and up-to-date annual prevention reviews that include immunizations and bloodwork.

We will be contacting you, but please feel free to make an appointment for your kid(s) in order to get prepared and be ready for a healthy new school year.

National Committee for Quality Assurance ( NCQA ) https://www.ncqa.org/


HEALTH COACH'S CORNER

Not exercising is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes or heart disease

Exercise helps us to live longer , but having a sendetary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes or heart disease. If we want to have a long and healthy life we need to exercise all the time.

The problem is that only 23 % of Americans do some type of exercise.

We need to help our children to be more active, we need to teach them to exercise always to be healthy active young adults and healthy active adults.

Take a walk every night after dinner, do some type of sport, find a family sport or plan walks every weekend will help our children to be more active.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2707428?resultClick=3


Welcome our new PA, Erin Flanelly!

A word from Erin: "I love to explore new places and try different foods, so I've lived/traveled in over 15 countries and 40 states! The weirdest thing I've ever eaten was piranha in Bolivia. I enjoy hiking and recently went to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee for vacation. I also have a garden where I grow vegetables, flowers and herbs!"

She will be with us from August 12th to September 18th


Schedule

Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Saturday 10th and 17th 9:00am-1:00pm


You can communicate with Dr Pourrat or NP Kelly using the Portal



Please join The Portal using this URL from your computer,

http://mycw104.ecwcloud.com/portal14237/jsp/login.jsp

Ask us for your user name and password.

 

FOR YOUR PRIVACY

If you want to contact us for medical questions, we don't recommend using regular text or any other regular social media program such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Viber. We offer all our patients the opportunity to join our portal, which is a HIPPA approved system for practitioners and patients to communicate. We ask that you please join this system. This is the most secure system one can use for communication, and due to your private medical information, we view it as imperative that the means of communications are as secure as possible. If you prefer not to use the portal, we need to know, as it is a legal liability for us. For that reason you will need to sign a waiver letting us know your preferred means of communication are as secure as possible. If you prefer not to use the portal, we need to know, as it is a legal liability for us. For that reason you will need to sign a waiver letting us know your preferred means of communication. The Waiver should be updated annually.