Pediatrics

Peds-2012-019From birth to adolescence, your child will receive high quality primary health care in a warm and welcoming environment.  At Penobscot Pediatrics, your child may be seen 7 days a week  and 24 hour pediatrician coverage.  Pediatric care is also available at Helen Hunt Health CenterSeaport Community Health Center and at all of our Family Medicine practices.

Penobscot Pediatrics, one of Maine’s leading pediatric groups for 30 years, is the state’s largest and most comprehensive pediatric practice.  Our Board-Certified Peditricians, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Pediatric Mental Health practitioners offer a wide-range of services for the wellbeing of your child including:

  • General Outpatient Pediatrics – Early childhood development screenings, routine well-child visits, immunizations and vaccinations, nutrition education and physicals for sports camps and school.
  • Psychiatric, Family Therapy, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Services (for PCHC patients)
  • Pediatric Dental Care available at PCHC Dental Center
  • Speech Therapy and Audiology (Service provided by the professionals at PCHC Medical Specialists)

Penobscot Pediatrics has been awarded the highest level of Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification.

Walk-In Care

Open to ALL Children

Don’t Feel Well? Just come in. We’ll take care of you.

PedsPics2011-031Walk-In Care at Penobscot Pediatrics is open to ALL children (ages 0-20) – your child does not need to be a Penobscot Pediatrics patient to take advantage of this service.  But, we hope you’ll become one of our patients!   Penobscot Pediatrics Walk-In Care is available:  Monday – Friday 7 am to 7 pm and Saturday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm.

When your child is ill, you want your pediatric provider to help your feel better as quickly as possible. We don’t blame you. At Penobscot Pediatrics, walk-in are provides for immediate care needs without scheduling an appointment.

Minor injuries or illnesses that can be treated by one of our Walk-In Care departments include:

  • Sprains and minor broken bones
  • Minor cuts
  • Burns
  • Insect/animal bites
  • Sports injuries
  • Infections (ear/eye/urinary tract/skin)
  • Rashes
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Strep throat
  • Influenza
  • Bronchitis
  • Mild to moderate asthma
  • Headaches

More serious medical conditions may require urgent, emergency care. Patients should call 911 for emergencies.

Mental Health

Penobscot Pediatrics has a psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical psychologist, and licensed clinical social worker on staff at our Bangor location.

Our pediatric mental health department offers:

  • Psychiatric assessments
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Psychological evaluations/ testing
  • Psychotherapy/counseling

Our mental health providers see children and adolescents who have a variety of difficulties.  Family therapy, individual therapy (including cognitive behavioral therapy), and parent consultation are offered.  “Dinosaur School,” a social skills group for children ages four through eight years, and a concurrent parenting group are offered at times.

Children and adolescents must have their primary care provider at PCHC in order to access our mental health services, with the exception of Dinosaur School and parenting group.

Care Management

Pediatric Care Management consists of a Social Work Care Manager and two MA (medical assistant) Health Coaches.  This team offers support to parents and providers to ensure healthy outcomes for children.  Many families experience barriers around accessing services and Care Management works with them to identify those barriers and overcome them.

Care Management oversees the daily operations of the Key Clinic, a large foster care clinic, and the CHAMP Clinic, an outpatient clinic for infants in need of pharmacological intervention to wean from opiate exposure in utero.

Care Management also provides Behavioral Health Home services to children in need of case management services.

 

The Key Clinic

Providing Access to Medical Care & Opening Doors to a Healthy Future for Foster Children

The Key Clinic

When a child becomes a foster child, staff of Key Clinic work with the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to gather medical records from previous providers, hospitals, and clinics.

Staff at Key Clinic will schedule an appointment with our social worker to discuss concerns and gather social history.

The staff at the Key Clinic will schedule a Comprehensive Visit for all children in foster care to occur within 30 days.

  • Complete history & physical exam
  • Provide necessary medication and treatment
  • Discuss findings from previous records
  • Coordinate necessary referrals
  • Update immunizations
  • Obtain necessary laboratory work
  • Developmental & Mental Health Screen
  • Vision & Hearing Screen

After the visit, the child’s medical records will be forwarded to their primary care provider (PCP) or DHHS.

CHAMP Clinic

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The CHAMP (Collaborative Home Alternative Medication Program) Clinic is an outpatient weaning clinic for babies born substance exposed or with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) who need medication treatment.

The goal of CHAMP is to allow babies to safely wean off medications while at home with parents, which improves the parent-infant bond.  The babies continue to wean on an outpatient basis.  Medication changes are made twice weekly, over 6 to 12 weeks, as not to induce withdrawal thereby limiting the symptoms.

The CHAMP clinic offers a team approach, which providers support to parents and families during treatment.  The clinic also provides follow up services, including developmental assessments.  The team includes a Neonatologist from Eastern Maine Medical Center as well as Pediatricians, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers and Care Managers from PCHC’s Penobscot Pediatrics.

Referrals to the CHAMP Clinic are made by Eastern Maine Medical Center.