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Bonnie Root R.N.Bonnie Root, R.N.Eugene Pediatrics will now make house calls! Starting Dec. 1, parents of every baby born into our practice will have the opportunity to receive a free, one-hour visit with our newest team member, Bonnie Root, R.N., in the comfort of their own home. All of us at Eugene Pediatrics are very proud and excited to tell you about this new way of caring for babies and families.

Those first few weeks at home with a newborn can be challenging for any parent, whether it's your first or your fifth child. Your pediatrician sees you each day in the hospital and then immediately after your baby comes home from the hospital. If everything is going well, we don't see you again until the two-week well baby checkup. That leaves a gap where babies and parents can often benefit from additional help.

Registered nurse Bonnie Root is a specialist in newborn and pediatric care. She has worked for the past several years at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, in both the mother-baby unit and the pediatric ward, where she has honed her skills in caring for babies, children and moms. Her passion for teaching shines each month when she leads newborn classes for expectant parents at Women's Care Obstetrics and Gynecology.

As an important member of our Eugene Pediatrics team, Bonnie is skilled and focused on:

  • Newborn feeding – She is trained at supporting breastfeeding mothers and is experienced in the use of formulas and special feeding equipment for bottle-fed babies.
  • Assessing babies for medical problems, such as jaundice, low blood sugar or illness.
  • Basic newborn care, including diapering, burping and sleep safety. She can answer a variety of common questions, review important information and work with parents where the baby lives.
  • Medical care for premature babies.
  • Parent wellness – Caring for a baby can be challenging. Bonnie can help connect parents in need of a stronger support network to resources in the community.

Bonnie fits seamlessly into our full spectrum of care at Eugene Pediatrics, communicating directly with your pediatrician and entering her notes from your house call visit into your baby's patient file remotely, from her secure network laptop computer. She also has immediate access to our case manager for families in need of more support.

Visits with Bonnie can be scheduled just like an office appointment, either by phone or in person when you visit our office after your baby goes home from the hospital.

Eugene Pediatrics is the only pediatric clinic in our region offering house calls, continuing to create a new model of care to lead our region in quality and innovation.

We want to do what's best for every baby, caring for each child like they are our own. We are proud to welcome Bonnie with her exceptional skills, loving personality and wonderful new concept in newborn care.

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EPA parents story smAs seen in Parents® Magazine. ©2014. Meredith Corporation.

All rights reserved. Blessed. That’s how I felt when I was notified by Parents magazine that I had been chosen as one of America’s favorite pediatricians. Blessed that God has given me the opportunity to do something I love every day. Blessed that so many wonderful families entrust their children’s care to me. And blessed that people took the time to write so many lovely letters to the magazine on my behalf.

I am sure any one of the other 2,100 nominated pediatricians was equally worthy of winning this recognition. That I was chosen says as much about the parents in my practice as it does about my work. Your kindness in sharing your love and stories won the award.

What means the most to me is the recognition isn’t for any razzle-dazzle factors at Eugene Pediatric Associates. It wasn’t about the website or the Facebook page, the innovations we are creating with Thrive Behavioral Health, or the ways we are leading our region in health care reform. Or even my wonderful partners or my staff.

The letters you wrote were about the sacred moments we all shared together — you, your children and me. Together in exam rooms and at the hospital. When your beautiful babies were born, or when you were frightened because your kids were deathly sick, and we were fighting together to help them. When hard decisions were made about moments you cannot imagine as a parent. When we laughed, and when your kids amazed me.

These moments are all etched in my memory. Indeed, some of the letters were about times very early in my career.

Every time a new child joins my practice, I feel like my heart grows a little bit bigger because I have a new kid to love. If I am lucky, I’m not even halfway through my career, and so I wait eagerly to see what is in store for me. But for sure, the honor of being chosen as one of seven Favorite Pediatricians in America will be a highlight I hold dear through all my years.

Thank you for your faith in me and for sharing your beautiful kids with me. Thank you for making mine the most wonderful job in the world.

Dr B

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Pilar Bradshaw bioMy children are blessed to call Dr. Pilar Bradshaw their doctor. And I know now I am not alone in my great appreciation for Dr. B! Did you hear? She’s one of seven pediatricians featured in the November issue of Parents Magazine as a winner of the Our Favorite Pediatricians Contest.  

The magazine, with a readership of more than 13 million, received an overwhelming 2,100 nominations nationwide. Of all those pediatricians nominated, our beloved Dr. B is one of seven to win!

As a parent, I am thrilled she is being recognized for the amazing qualities her patients and their families already know about her: Dr. B is compassionate, incredibly hard-working and treats our families with love and respect; and she provides the same outstanding care for families with pressing medical needs as she does the ones who see her as infrequently as once or twice a year.

Dr. B is the kind of doctor every family hopes to have caring for their children. Beyond her impeccable medical judgment and significant experience, Dr. B is constantly finding new ways to provide all of her patients the most current therapies and information. And she's building a team of physicians and supportive providers, including mental health providers, in an effort to create an environment intended to address the needs of the whole child. As a result, the children in her practice receive comprehensive care and parents and guardians have the security of knowing that issues and concerns never go unaddressed.

Dr. B is a special physician with incredible passion and a devotion to the families she cares for and her role as a physician. Congratulations, Dr. B, on being a winner of Parents Magazine's Our Favorite Pediatricians Contest. We cannot think of a better person and physician to receive the award!

Anne Sharman
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140818EPAblog poolpartyThis week is my favorite event of the entire year — our 4th annual Summer Pool Party! Hosted by Dr. Gray Grieve and me, the party is happening this Friday, August 22, 6:30 p.m., at Amazon Pool.

Pizza and ice cream by Gary Bertelsen, owner of the local Ben and Jerry’s, and hours of fun splashing in the water. How could there be a more wonderful way to celebrate summer with all the kids I adore?

Favorite memories I have from previous years:
  • Seeing and hearing hundreds of happy kids splashing in the water with their families. What a joy to see them enjoying good health and good times together!
  • The big Amazon Pool hot tub filled with teenagers I’ve known since birth, all squished together like sardines.
  • One of my favorite chronically ill patients, so often debilitated and in the hospital during her short life, splashing joyously in the spray fountain — for hours!
  • A little girl who got her wish! She had been very sick the week before the party, and I promised her if she got her blood drawn so I could find out how to help her feel better, she could push me down the big blue water slide. She came to the party just to push me down the big blue water slide! What a huge smile she had on her face!
  • A child who I hadn’t seen since he was a baby — when he came to my office near death from septic shock, and then I rode with him to the hospital in the ambulance and ran a code on to resuscitate him — now a big, beautiful, healthy boy running up to see me at the pool party. That moment made me cry.
  • Watching Gary Bertelsen and his Ben and Jerry’s team crank delicious, handmade pizzas out of his oven at a rate of 100 pizzas per hour, only to be completely inhaled by the crowds of kids.
  • Wet hugs from hundreds of kids I love. What a great gift!

Please bring a towel and enjoy this year’s Summer Pool Party at Amazon Pool with me and all your pediatric providers of Eugene Pediatric Associates!

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EPA location2 sm1Eugene Pediatric Associates has achieved another critical milestone — we were the top pediatric clinic (by far) in performance of Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) Quality Metrics for our region.

What is a CCO? It’s an innovative idea in Oregon where health care providers (physical health care, mental health care and sometimes dental care providers) have agreed to work together to serve people who receive health care coverage under the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid). EPA is part of a CCO.

This new concept in paying clinics based on specific quality measures is called “pay for performance.” The idea is to give better care to more people for less money. Seventeen broad quality measures in Oregon touched both pediatric and adult medical care. The measures specific to Eugene Pediatric Associates’ performance were:

  • Follow up office visits at least every 12 weeks with children who have ADHD.
  • Mental and physical health assessment of children placed in foster care within 60 days of placement.
  • Emergency Room utilization decreases.
  • Adolescent well checks at least once per year.
  • Developmental screening at well checks before age three.
  • Patient-Centered Primary Care Home enrollment.
  • Patient satisfaction/access to care questionnaires.
  • Electronic Health Record adoption.
  • Screening for depression.

Those clinics that had an outstanding rating for quality and number of patients served received more money. Those clinics serving fewer patients or underachieving on the metrics received less. That we did an outstanding job on these metrics speaks to several factors.

First, our clinic was rewarded for being on the leading edge of technology and change. When the drumbeat of health care reform made it clear to me that a conversion from paper charts to electronic was needed, and when the PCPCH program was announced, we did not wait, we led our field. The complicated and expensive transition to electronics, which included adding staff to attend to the million new details, paid off. The results have all benefitted the kids we serve.

Second, Eugene Pediatrics is the perfect size to make rapid transformation. Change is hard, especially when hundreds or thousands of doctors and nurses are forced to change work habits they have had for decades. Larger, more corporate clinics are struggling in this new paradigm. When it’s a smaller clinic like ours, we can meet as a team, talk about new regulations and implement them quickly.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, our patients are engaged. Look again at the list of requirements and notice that several of them depend upon patients doing what is in the best interests of their kids:  

  • Come for well checks.
  • Answer detailed developmental questionnaires.
  • Utilize expensive emergency room care only in a true emergency.

We at Eugene Pediatrics work hard to reach out to you and give our best care at every opportunity, and you respond. For that, we are truly grateful. Working together, we can make the greatest positive impact for your kids’ health.

Health care reform is moving quickly in a very new direction. Instead of paying for services given, doctors in the future will be paid if their clinics meet increasingly complex quality metrics. For now, it’s mostly the government-insured system leading us in this direction, but private insurance companies also are starting their own quality metric programs.

Eugene Pediatric Associates is ready for all of that because, ultimately, we must meet these challenges and be a leader if we are to do what we love the most: earn your trust and take care of your precious children. Every step of the way.