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Concierge Pediatrics: Revolutionizing Child Healthcare

If you have been frustrated by waiting for weeks to see a physician, months to see a specialist and then once at your appointment you found yourself sitting in the waiting room for hours, then Concierge Medicine might be for you and your family.  On average, according to a recent survey of physicians, Americans wait about 24 days to see a new doctor and almost 20 minutes before the doctor comes in to see you. It is because of this and many other reasons that families are signing up for Concierge Pediatrics. 

Concierge Pediatrics refers to a specialized healthcare model that provides personalized and comprehensive medical care for children. Just like concierge medicine for adults, this approach involves a direct and more personalized relationship between the pediatrician or healthcare provider and the patient’s family. In Concierge Pediatrics, families typically pay a membership fee or retainer to access enhanced services and more individualized care.

Key features of concierge medicine for kids may include:

Extended and On-Demand Care: Concierge pediatricians often offer extended office hours, same-day appointments, and even after-hours access to medical advice and care, ensuring that parents have greater flexibility and convenience in managing their child’s health.

Personalized Attention: This model allows for more time during appointments, enabling pediatricians to provide in-depth consultations, address all concerns, and develop personalized healthcare plans tailored to each child’s specific needs.

Comprehensive Wellness: Concierge pediatricians emphasize not only treating illnesses but also focusing on preventive care and overall wellness. Concierge Pediatrics offers comprehensive health assessments, developmental screenings, and lifestyle guidance to promote a child’s optimal growth and development. In depth and unique checkups include EKG’s yearly starting at age 6, yearly blood work looking at CBC, cholesterol and glucose, hearing tests, vision and urine tests. Families are given the cell phones of the medical team with 24/7 access, the ability to get in quickly to see top specialists, no office waiting time and exclusive office access for their family with no exposure to a sick waiting room.  

Coordination of Care: With fewer patients in their roster, concierge pediatricians can dedicate more time to coordinating care among specialists if a child has complex medical needs. This ensures a more streamlined and holistic approach to healthcare management.

Health Education and Guidance: Concierge pediatricians often take on the role of health educators, providing parents with valuable information about child development, nutrition, vaccinations, and other relevant topics.

Access to Advanced Services: Some concierge pediatric practices may offer additional services such as in-house lab testing, virtual consultations, and other healthcare resources that contribute to a more convenient healthcare experience.

Concierge Pediatrics, is the first medical practice of its kind to open in the North Shore area in Roslyn, N.Y. and Woodbury, N.Y. providing this type of service to families.

Aside from the benefits mentioned above as a member, patients are given a complimentary bio tech device called the Nonagon (N9+). The N9+ is a handheld unit which is FDA cleared to conduct 9 physical examinations remotely using 4 medical-grade sensors and the patient’s smartphone camera to conduct the following:

  • Record Temperature
  • Photograph the Skin/eye, etc
  • Check Oxygen Level and pulse
  • Record Lung Sounds
  • Listen to your Heart
  • Photograph and Video the Inner Ear
  • Record Abdominal Sounds
  • Photograph and Video the Throat

Dr. Jassey, Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Sharon are equally excited to treat pediatric patients and families well by offering the appropriate amount of time needed for visits for a positive healthcare experience. They will develop a unique doctor/patient relationship throughout the entire family journey from a patients’ infancy to young adulthood.

Dr. Jonathan Jassey, a Board-Certified  pediatrician, graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics at Winthrop University Hospital. 

Dr. Sharon, a Board-Certified pediatrician,  received her medical degree and pediatric medical training from Upstate Medical University.

Dr. Linda Jacobs, a Board-Certified  pediatrician, received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University and completed her pediatric residency at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Call Concierge Pediatrics, 516-514-7337, or email [email protected],  to learn more about the practice and to determine if this is the right type of practice for your family.

Secure Your Future: Optimal Healthcare Preparation for College

Transitioning from a pediatrician to an adult doctor which typically occurs around the age of 18 to 21, can be a complex process for both a child and their parents. Overcoming the emotional attachment with your pediatrician over the years and leaving this familiar and trusted healthcare provider is challenging.

This process can feel daunting at times, especially if the student is not accustomed to managing their healthcare independently.

College students get ill more frequently at school than at home when students are exposed to new environments, potentially leading to new health risks.  It’s essential to emphasize the importance of regular check-ups and preventive care to maintain overall well-being. 

Some college students may adopt unhealthy habits, such as poor nutrition, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, and inadequate hand hygiene, which can compromise their immune system and increase the risk of falling ill. 

Students who maintain good hygiene practices, manage stress effectively, get enough rest, and practice preventive measures can reduce their risk of getting sick.  The importance of preparing for optimal healthcare during college years is the best decision one can make to secure their future.  

When kids are in college, Linda Jacobs, MD, Concierge Pediatrics, constantly sees challenges students have with getting appointments in the school health center especially during the most busy sick season. She finds that patients end up being forced to use local walk-in clinics or emergency rooms in order to be evaluated. Parents can end up getting outrageous bills for basic tests from these centers. Instead, utilizing Concierge Pediatrics, college students who have access to a state of the art bio tech device and telehealth system, the Nonagon, as well as home tests for flu, covid and strep, would allow them to be able to be appropriately diagnosed from the comfort of their college room; saving them time, aggravation, and potentially large bills for basic care. 

Mental health issues are another factor with an epidemic right now, and going to college can sometimes exacerbate anxiety, depression, OCD tendencies, and restrictive eating issues. The ability to have more time to be available to address these issues beforehand with Concierge Pediatrics,  we can make sure patients are stable, safe and feeling supported at any time, says Linda Jacobs, MD, Concierge Pediatrician.

Jonathan Jassey, MD, Concierge Pediatrician knows, as parents, we take pride and joy in many different aspects of our children’s lives, but in some of those joys can come trepidation.   College can be one of those moments where as excited as we are for them to embark on a phenomenal journey in life, we can be anxious for them to be on their own and concerned about things such as: How will they handle being on their own? How will they manage when they get sick?   

By signing up for the Concierge Pediatrics College program, one can rely on the trusted doctors from home that will be there for your student in every step of the way for when a student gets sick, they have mental health concerns, eating concerns and/or alcohol or substance abuse concerns.   Not only having the ability to text with your trusted physicians, but also the ability to use a state of the art telemedicine device, the Nonagon, it will give the ability to a doctor from home to properly diagnose infections on the spot with looking in a patients’ mouth and ears, listening to your heart and lungs and seeing pictures of rashes and pink eye from afar.  All from the comfort of their college room!   A student can have testing done without going to a health center or urgent care, who doesn’t know them at all or at least have a physician from home liaise with a medical team in a college town.

Traveling abroad for college can present even greater challenges when it comes to finding healthcare. Being in a new country with a different healthcare system and potentially unfamiliar language and cultural barriers can make accessing medical services complicated. 

If you want to learn more about having health support at home while at college or studying abroad, call Concierge Pediatrics at 516-514-7337 or email [email protected].

Ribbon Cutting at Concierge Pediatrics

Originally posted at theIsland360.com.

The Greater Roslyn Chamber of Commerce was delighted to perform a ribbon cutting for new business and new member Concierge Pediatrics, located at 1520 Old Northern Boulevard in Roslyn, located in the same shopping center as Mexican restaurant Besito.

The facility has kid-friendly murals in the exam rooms, to give the office a fun atmosphere.

Dr. Jonathan Jassey and Dr. Sharon Somekh are board-certified pediatricians who welcome families looking for more out of their pediatrician.  Concierge Pediatrics offers same-day appointments and longer exam times.