Welcome, Dr. Stablein!

Please help us welcome the newest addition to our Chapel Hill Peds family: Dr. George Stablein! We are so excited to have Dr. George join our team to help provide “more than medicine” at our Chapel Hill office on Sage Road. He is now accepting new patients – we can’t wait for you to meet him!

High Call Volumes

With the addition of registering parents for flu shots and checking appointments in over the phone to minimize potential COVID-19 exposure, we are receiving a particularly high volume of calls coming into our system. You may experience longer than normal hold times as you try to reach us over the next few weeks. Please bear with us – our staff is working tirelessly to take each call as quickly as possible. We appreciate your continued patience as we strive to bring you more than medicine.

Increased Hours Beginning September 1st

Chapel Hill Pediatrics has increased hours on weekdays, with phone lines open from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday and 7 am to 6 pm on Friday. Weekends remain at a reduced schedule of 9 am to 12 noon Saturday and Sunday.

Call in to schedule telehealth visits or in person annual physical appointments. COVID19 safety protocols are still in effect–please see the posting in “Health News and Updates” or talk to your scheduler for details.

A promise to our patients.

The past few months have been chaotic and troubling as we face all that the COVID19 pandemic brings. The isolation and uncertainty of what “tomorrow” will look like is fueling uneasiness. Emotions are raw. The recent series of atrocities in Minneapolis and communities around the country are intensifying vulnerability. A sense of safety, deserved by all, is understandably eroded~~especially for people of color.Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents condemns violence and hatred. We believe that all people deserve respect, having their voice heard, and compassionate care. We acknowledge that the field of medicine continues to struggle with racial bias that impacts quality and comprehensive medical care for people of color. We also realize that what is not needed is an empty apology. What is needed is action. We want to serve families equitably, which means we must take responsibility for unlearning racism and helping others do the same. To do our best to stand in solidarity against systemic racism we are committing to identify an action plan to help all at CHP-A deal with the root issues. We ask you to join and strengthen the stand for justice by dedicating time to listening and learning from experts in the field about racism and what it means to unlearn it. We are compiling a list of resources and will post as soon as gathered. We welcome suggestions and recommendations and will review and adjust our list. We also encourage you to schedule time to talk with your pediatrician and/or have your child do the same if there are pressing concerns or points of confusion. We do not have all the answers, we are committed to, imperfectly and humbly, helping parents and children tackle tough issues.

CONCRETE WAYS YOU CAN HELP TAME COVID19

#1 DONATE BLOOD

#2 Deliver groceries to elderly or immune compromised family members or neighbors. Remember to stay six feet apart!

#3 Care for pets or livestock for family and friends who are older or immune compromised.

#4 Wash Hands and Clean all Hard Surfaces!

#5 Keep in touch with friends and relatives. Social distancing and isolation can be hard on everyone.

#6 Social Distancing

#7 CDC recommends wearing masks in public, especially in places where social distancing is difficult.

#8 Share a smile to get through the day 😊

Dr. Homan Leaving in July

Dr. Homan will be leaving Chapel Hill Pediatrics this coming July. We have sent out letters to his patients, but know he helped care for many babies, children, and adolescents, even if he was not their primary doctor. We are sad to see him go, but know it is a great opportunity for the Homan family. The full text of the letter is below for you to read.

Dear families of Chapel Hill Pediatrics,

Thank you for the privilege of trusting me to care for your children over the past five years. I have grown as a person and a physician because of you all

As of July 12th, 2018, I will be leaving Chapel Hill Pediatrics. My wife has an academic opportunity at Florida State University that we need to pursue (at least we are staying in the ACC). My family is sad to be leaving the wonderful people, schools, and culture of the Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Chapel Hill Pediatrics is in the process of hiring another excellent pediatrician to replace me. If I am currently the primary care provider for your child, he or she will automatically be assigned to this new pediatrician. You can also request (as always) to see another pediatrician of your choice who has an open panel (currently only Dr. Scot Woodrum is closed to new patients).

I would love to see my patients one more time before I leave to say good-bye! If you would like to schedule an annual exam before I leave, please schedule the appointment well in advance so that we an accommodate everyone.

Thank you again and I will miss you all,

Russell Homan, MD, IBCLC

Flu Vaccine Now Available for 2017

Did you know? Every year an estimated 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized for flu complications. Like pneumonia. Everyone in your family who is 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. This year, Next year, Every year. #fightflu

If your child comes in for a physical exam or sick visit (and is fever free) he/she can receive the flu vaccine during that visit–no need to schedule a second appointment.

 
We have finished our flu clinics for the 2017 season, but you may request a nurse visit at any of our three office locations to receive the flu shot.

 

If you have a Medfusion patient portal account, you can request an appointment online. Or call our office at (919)942-4173 and choose option 2 to speak with a scheduler.

Insurance Updates for 2017

Beginning January 1st, 2017, we will be in network with BCBS BLUE VALUE AND CIGNA CONNECT as part of the UNC Health Alliance. Cigna Connect is the new insurance plan with the Healthcare exchange. If you have any questions about the exchange program you can go to their website at www.healthcare.gov. Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns

Beginning January 1, 2017, we will not be in network with Blue Local. This is a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan offered through the Healthcare Exchange that currently begins with the letters “DQV,” “DQW,” or “YPC.” We are currently in network with all other types of BCBS.

We are reaching out to our current patients with Blue Local. If you are considering changing your plan to Blue Local, please be aware that visits at our office will not be covered.