Todd Harris, M.D.

RCAM Notes: Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

 

September 4, 2021 – Here is how we plan to be available to our patients and their families this holiday weekend:

Monday, September 6, 2021 is an official RCAM office holiday

Newborn Care:

  • We will have a Newborn Clinic at 10am on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
  • Call our office 919-781-7490 to set up an appointment
  • Sunday Newborn Clinic will be at our Duraleigh office
  • Saturday and Monday Newborn Clinic will be at our Brier Creek office

Sick Child Care:

  • TeleHealth Visits: We will be offering TeleHealth visits every day
  • Curbside Clinic: On Saturday and Monday mornings, we will offer our Curbside Clinic at Brier Creek for in-person, sick child care; call and speak to our nurse to see if your child should be seen in the Curbside Clinic
  • RCAM Phone Advice: beginning at 9am, our nurse working with our On Call Pediatrician will be available for urgent concerns throughout the day; in the evening, the On Call Pediatrician will begin taking calls for urgent concerns

Important Numbers

  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Jen Long, M.D.

September 3, 2021 – Important note:

Our office will be closed for regular business on Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Despite being closed for regular business, we will still offer the following services:

Newborn Clinic

  • The timing of a newborn visit is very important and can be a reason to be seen on a weekend or a holiday.
  • Therefore, everyday weekdays, weekends, and holidayswe schedule a Newborn Clinic for infants born over the previous few weeks who need to be seen. Call and schedule if you think your newborn needs to be seen.

Sick Clinic

  • Also everyday, one of our pediatricians and one of our nurses will be on call to help with your child’s urgent health needs.
  • During the coronavirus pandemic, we have altered how we see sick patients on holidays and weekends.On Saturday, we are available to assess our sick patients in the following ways:
      1. Call and speak with our on call nurse to discuss what would be best for your sick child.
      2. Our on call nurse may recommend a TeleHealth visit to evaluate your child’s illness.
      3. Our on call nurse may recommend an in-person, sick visit at our Brier Creek Curbside Sick Clinic.
    • On Sunday, we are unable to offer the Brier Creek Curbside Sick Clinic:
      Call and speak with our on call nurse to discuss what would be best for your sick child.

      1. Our on call nurse may recommend a TeleHealth visit to evaluate your child’s illness.
    • On Monday, July 5th, our holiday services will be similar to how we function on a Saturday:Call and speak with our on call nurse to discuss what would be best for your sick child.
      1. Our on call nurse may recommend a TeleHealth visit to evaluate your child’s illness.
      2. Our on call nurse may recommend an in-person, sick visit at our Brier Creek Curbside Sick Clinic.

Todd Harris, M.D.

September 18, 2020 – There have been so many changes this past year – something should remain the same. Back for its annual appearance to announce the beginning of Flu Vaccination season, this image of a box of flu vaccine from 2015 (one of those years when we never realized just how good we had it).

Unofficial RCAM press release:

Once again, RCAM is here to provide your child’s flu vaccine. New this year: Drive Thru Flu Vaccination Clinics! Due to the COVID pandemic, many of our flu vaccine clinics will be outside. Thanks to our special nurses and front office workers for helping us pull this off! There will still be some indoor clinics, so that will remain an option – particularly for egg-allergic patients. If your child needs a flu shot, please give us a call.”

Some Important Details

  • Flu Vaccine will be given by appointment only (no ‘walk ins’ and no ‘tag alongs’ – everyone getting a Flu Vaccine must have an appointment)
  • Insurance information will be collected over the phone when appointment is being scheduled
  • If your child is sick, we will reschedule their appointment for when they are feeling better
  • Everyone over 3 years old is expected to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose at all times while interacting with our nurses and office staff

New this Year: Outdoor Drive Thru

  • Coronavirus ruins everything – except it may have just taken Flu Vaccine clinic to the next level
  • Drive Thru Flu Vaccine clinic is just what it sounds like: after making your appointment, pull up to our outdoor clinic, get your flu vaccine, and drive off without ever taking off your seat belt
  • Offered at both our Brier Creek office (weekdays generally) and Duraleigh office (weekends)

An Old Classic: Indoor Flu Vaccine Clinic

  • We continue to offer some indoor flu vaccine clinics
  • Like most things we now do, these appointments have been modified to limit your exposures

Still No Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine

  • I know some of you are going to be asked this question so I’ll answer it now: we will not be offering the Flumist nasal spray flu vaccine (and I am not sure of anyone offering it in our area)

Very Important: Help Us Safely Administer the Flu Vaccine

  • Be careful with your car in the drive thru clinic – pay attention to signs and to others around you
  • Remain in your car; children should remain in their car seat unless instructed otherwise by one our nurses
  • Dress your children to get the vaccine: that means loose fitting, short pants for children under 12 years or those who prefer to get a shot in their thigh and loose fitting, short sleeved shirts for those 12 and up
  • Also safe is controlling the things we can control: get your child their flu shot, wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice safe physical distancing

Todd Harris, M.D.

April 20, 2020 – This past weekend RCAM lost one of our giants.

Alan Goldman, MD passed away late Friday night after battling an extended illness.

RCAM Pediatrician from 1971 to 2007

I have been lucky to have worked with some talented, good people. Alan most definitely was one of the most talented and one of the best.

He worked as a pediatrician at RCAM for 36 years.

He went to Harvard University for his undergraduate degree. Anyone who knew him found that easy to believe, because he was smarter than the rest of us. You picked up on that because it was obvious, not because he ever flaunted it.

He was an accomplished pediatrician. He was the first pediatrician in Wake County who had specialty neonatology training and helped to advance neonatal intensive care in this area.

Never a Negative Word

Alan had a very pleasant and calm demeanor. I never saw him frazzled, and I never heard him say a bad or even negative word about anyone the entire time I knew him.

I will write that again just to be clear. I never heard him say a bad or even negative word about anyone.

We worked together for 11 years. There was a time when we shared an office. I saw him plenty away from work – typically, it involved some carpentry (one of his many talents).

Never. A. Bad. Word.

He Brought the Party

Alan was fun, and he was almost always working on something that would bring people together for the sake of entertainment.

So many of us have been regaled by something Alan planned: Poker nights, Christmas party games, Super Bowl games, March Madness brackets. The list goes on and on…

I knew Alan to always be preparing for the next gathering where everyone would be entertained by some sort of quiz, riddle, or trying to remember the words to “Good King Wenceslas” (How many Jewish men know all the words to “Good King Wenceslas”? Alan did.).

Our Hearts Are Heavy

Words are difficult at times like this. Alan was truly one of the RCAM greats.

He set a high bar for excellence in skill, attitude, and community.

Alan meant so much to our office, but – alsohe meant so much to so many others.

Our hearts ache for the Goldman family.

UPDATE 4/21/2020: Dr. Goldman’s family wrote a beautiful remembrance that you can find here


Todd Harris, M.D.

February 25, 2020 -This Friday, February 28, 2020 will mark the end of a grand era at Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine.

After 42 years, RCAM office manager Debbie Maness is retiring to become the ultimate grandmother.

She Started as a Nurse; She Became our Office Manager

Debbie came to us as a nurse in 1978 from the Rex Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. At that time, our office was known as “Fleming, Edwards, and Goldman” – our three founding pediatricians who could also be known as the “Mount Rushmore of RCAM”.

After working at RCAM for about 10 years as a nurse, Dr. Fleming approached her about taking on a then newly created position: office manager.

I am sure that when she agreed to take that position, she could not have possibly imagined the volume of challenges that would come her way. There was always something new, and that new charge always fell in some form on the office manager.

Debbie successfully led RCAM over 4 decades as the practice of medicine changed dramatically. Throughout that time, she kept us on task, and she kept a good spirit.

“Debbie Maness Week”

RCAM therefore declares February 24 through 28 to be “Debbie Maness Week” and for it to be a time to celebrate Debbie’s 42 years of dedication, skill, and attitude.

1-Monday, February 24th – “Wear Your College Allegiance Day”

Debbie loves the N.C. State Wolfpack – for better and for worse.

She always pulls for her team, and-on Monday-we wore our college allegiance to work in her honor.

2-Tuesday, February 25th – “1978 Day”

On Tuesday, we’ll make attempts to remember the year that Debbie started her career at RCAM.

3-Wednesday, February 26th – “Red And White Day”

Another tip of the cap to Debbie’s Wolfpack – but, we’ve tried to keep it generic, so the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils among us won’t feel uncomfortable.

4-Thursday, February 27th – “Dear Debbie Day”

We’ll try to put our thoughts and feelings into words for our dear friend Debbie.

5-Friday, February 28th – “Let’s Drown Our Sorrows in Baked Goods”

Debbie is a baker and one time honored method of dealing with loss involves baked goods. We’ll honor Debbie’s hobby and fill our stomachs on her last day at RCAM.


Todd Harris, M.D.

September 5, 2019 – We are having regular business hours at both our Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices.

As the rain is coming down now and with the winds to come this evening, we will finish up like typical this afternoon but will cancel tonight’s Weekday Evening On Call Clinic.

To summarize:

  • We will be in both offices until about 5pm today
  • Thursday Night Evening On Call Clinic is cancelled
  • Dr. Sarah Owrey is on call tonight and will be available for urgent phone calls
  • The plan right now for tomorrow is to have a regular day. We will of course reassess as we get up tomorrow in the early morning and know more about the affects of Hurricane Dorian passing by overnight.

Stay safe. Let us know if we can be of help.

 


Todd Harris, M.D.

Banner Change: Fall 2019 Edition

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

August 30, 2019 – In an historic first, we will be changing our website banner a wee bit early.

Fall doesn’t come until September 23rd but announcements have been piling up.

Also, the weather has been a little cooler (I know – I am sure we’ll be in the 90s by the time this posts) and college football begins a full schedule this weekend so here we go…

…we bid adieu to Three Girls on the Beach and hello to Young Girl With Yellow Umbrella in Autumn Park.

1-Dr. Carr Retires

This one will take some time to absorb and appreciate the significance of a career that spanned 40 continuous years at RCAM.

Dr. Carr would like me to keep this brief. May I refer you to the article below for (a few) more details.

2-Nurse Chessica Had Her Baby

Some of you have been following the pregnancy of Chessicaone of our nurses at our Duraleigh office whose name rhymes with Jessica.

She and her husband welcomed Baby Boy Parrish just a few days ago. He weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces.

They feel very blessica-ed. 😀

3-Pediatrician Formerly Known As Emily Ross, MD: Now Known As Emily Mims, MD

In the spring we reported that our very own Emily Ross, MD was getting married.

With Dr. Carr retiring and Emily now Dr. Mims, it is taking some time to update letterhead, name tags, door placards,etc…. but don’t let that confuse you when you see or hear Dr. Mims’ name.

4-Labor Day Holiday

REMINDER: It’s Labor Day weekend. As usual, we will be around.

5-Flu Vaccine 2019-2020

It wouldn’t be a Fall Banner change without mentioning Influenza (“Flu”) Vaccine.

Our supply won’t arrive before October (though it appears the pharmacies already have their supply). October and November are typically good months to get your flu vaccine. Injectible flu vaccine lasts about 6 months. If you get your flu vaccine in October, it should last through March – which is good because that is typically a busy month for flu. Stay tuned though as there have been some reports of early flu activity.


Todd Harris, M.D.

August 28, 2019Short, meaningful story: One day in the late 1970’s, a medical student witnessed a pediatric resident spending her lunch with a young patient in the Burn Center at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and thought to herself, “That’s the kind of pediatrician I would like to be.”

Story twist: Turns out that story includes two now former pediatricians from our office as the medical student was Leigh Lehan, MD and the pediatric resident was Marjorie Carr, MD.

Fast forward: June 22, 2018: Dr. Lehan retired from RCAM.

August 28, 2019: Dr. Carr retires from RCAM.

Summary: RCAM has said goodbye to two legends in the last 14 months.

Today was Dr. Carr’s last day. Tomorrow will be a different day for her. And it will be a very different one for our office.

Dr. Carr brought real passion and skill for pediatric medicine to RCAM when she arrived in 1979. if you are wondering about her impact, check out the reactions to a recent Facebook post about her nearing retirement:

Thank you Dr. Carr for forty years of attentive and excellent care for the children of the Triangle!

What you have been doing each day – caring for our most vulnerable and most important members of society – our children – has been so important and so splendidly done!


Todd Harris, M.D.

May 23, 2019 – A quick note: this Monday is Memorial Day and that is an RCAM office holiday.

See how you can get up with our office if you have questions or need to be seen on a holiday here

In short, we handle holidays like we handle weekends (including this weekend prior to Memorial Day):

  • One of our pediatricians will be on-call
  • They will see our newborns at Rex Hospital in the early morning
  • They will then see patients with urgent needs who have spoken with the nurse on call
  • That clinic begins at 10 am at our Duraleigh office.

We hope that your family gets to enjoy these special days together.