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By Children's Medical Clinics
October 13, 2017
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Crib  

Buying a New CribA new baby needs a lot of things. From bottles and car seats to high chairs and baby monitors, an expectant parent has a lot of decisions and purchases to make before baby’s arrival. Considering your baby will spend a great deal of time here, a crib is one of the most important things a parent will buy.

Whether you’re shopping for a brand new crib or receiving a hand-me-down from a relative or friend, remember to evaluate your baby’s resting place carefully to ensure it meets all of the safety guidelines. You can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for information regarding all of these important safety standards.

There are many types of cribs available today, and parents will want to be educated about safety features and guidelines before choosing one for their baby. Here are a few helpful tips from the AAP:

  • Make sure the crib meets current safety standards before purchasing it. As of June 28, 2011, new federal safety standards prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side rail cribs. The standards also require stronger hardware and increased durability.  
  • If you have a crib that was manufactured before the new safety standards were enacted, contact the manufacturer to see if they offer hardware to keep the drop side from being raised or lowered. Consider buying a new crib that meets the stronger standards, if possible.
  • Read and follow the directions carefully for setting up, using and caring for the crib.
  • Regularly inspect your crib’s screws and hardware, and tighten them as necessary.
  • The mattress should fit snugly in the crib to prevent the baby from slipping between the mattress and the crib sides. As a general rule, no more than two of your fingers should fit between the mattress and the side of the crib.
  • Do not use the crib if there are any missing, damaged or broken parts, and never substitute original parts with pieces from a hardware store. Always contact the crib manufacturer for replacement materials.
  • Be sure to inspect every crib your child uses—from grandma’s house to the day care center—for safety.
  • Visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website to see if your crib has been recalled.
  • The slats of the crib should be no more than 2 3⁄8 inches apart, as widely spaced slats can trap the infant.
  • All surfaces of the crib should be covered with lead-free paint, and the wood should be smooth and free of splinters.

Remember, your baby will spend many hours in his or her crib. Take special care to ensure that your baby’s sleeping place offers very little opportunity for injuries and problems. You can learn more about crib safety standards, as well as safe bedding practices by visiting www.healthychildren.org and www.cpsc.gov, or by contacting your pediatrician for more information.

Bilingual Medical Assistant
 
Full-time job

We have a position for a Qualified, Customer Service Oriented, Bilingual Medical Assistant
Job Type: Full Time / Compensation: BOE
We are looking for an individual with a professional demeanor, understanding attitude and team player spirit. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. If you like to learn, inspire others and have opportunities for advancement, this is the right job for you! 
Medical Assistant Skills:We would like you to have minimum 2 Years experience with Triaging Patients but will accept NEW GRADS that are willing to be trained! The skills needed for Triaging Patients (including obtaining vitals for heart and respiratory rate, weight check, body temperature, etc), Administer Injections, perform Venipunctures & Fingersticks for Lab Draws, perform EKG's, perform Spirometry Tests, etc. Must be able to multitask between Patient Encounters/Visits, Nurse Phone Calls, processing Referrals, Translating, etc. Proficient with EMR/EHR and Practice Management computer software programs required and at least 40wpm typing skills. 
Schedule will be full time with a rotating shift of Days and Evenings. Weekends are required. Hourly pay based off of skills and experience. Benefits available after 90 Days along with a paid half day off each week! Get paid for 40 hours each week, but work only 36 hours!!! 
If you are a QUALIFIED applicant and interested in this position, please submit your resume along with 3 business and 3 personal references to [email protected]
If you meet our requirements, we will contact you for a Phone Interview. If we are interested in talking with you further, we will set up an Onsite Working Interview.
Thank You for taking the time to review our requirements. We look forward to meeting you and hope you join our dynamic team!
1011 W Grove St
Kaufman, TX 75142-1827

 

Bilingual Medical Front Office Specialist
 
Full-time job
JOB: Full Time
COMPENSATION: Depends of Experience
REQUIRED EDUCATION: High school or equivalent
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Customer Service or Medical Front Office: 1-2 years 
LANGUAGE: Bilingual (Spanish)
QUALIFIED, Customer Service Oriented, Bilingual Medical Front Office Specialist wanted for busy Multi Provider Pediatric Practice. We are looking for an individual with a professional demeanor, understanding attitude and team player spirit. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. If you like to learn, help people and have opportunities for advancement, this is the right job for you! This position is responsible for performing front office functions including telephone activities, patient appointment scheduling, patient registration, computer data entry, collection of payments, and maintaining patient records systems in a manner which promotes quality patient service. MOST IMPORTANTLY, providing excellent customer service to our patients.
These responsibilities include specifically following the direction and processes of the Front Desk Supervisor as set forth and indicated, but not limited to:
• Greet clinic patients and visitors as appropriate, which include checking-in all patients by entering patient data into computer system. Ensure accuracy of all data including address and insurance verification. Collect patient fees and provide appropriate receipts.
• Ensure patient needs and requests are handled efficiently.
• Schedule patient initial and follow up appointments ensuring efficient use of provider time and the appropriate care for patients according to CMC procedures including accessing and updating patient information.
• Maintain schedule accuracy for maximum patient flow by checking schedule a minimum of five clinic working days ahead, confirming provider date and times are correct, identifying and correcting inaccuracies or mistakes to schedule and ensuring that unique events and provider administrative time are accurately reflected on the clinic schedule.
• Follow established procedures for answering and screening incoming appointment-related telephone calls and directing calls to appropriate staff, taking/sending messages.
• Maintain effective communication with back office staff and providers as needed to appropriately “work in” additional patient visits on providers’ schedules.
• Distribute appropriate forms and provide instructions to patients according to CMC procedures
• Manage patient charts in a timely fashion according to CMC procedures including attaching appropriate paperwork to patient charts and processing same day insurance verification and medical records for appointments.
• Maintain reception work area and waiting room.
• Follow established procedures for opening and closing the clinic each day including balancing cash.
• Attend staff meetings, in-service meetings, participate in agency committees and task force activities.
• Demonstrates respectful, professional and appropriate behavior that supports a team oriented work environment.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the mission, core values and goals of CMC and its healthcare delivery including the ability to integrate values of justice, respect, compassion, excellence and stewardship into appropriate programs and services.
Schedule will be full time with a rotating shift of Days and Evenings. Weekends are required. Hourly pay based off of skills and experience. Benefits available after 90 Days along with a paid half day off each week! Get paid for 40 hours each week, but work only 36 hours!!!
If you are a QUALIFIED applicant and interested in this position, please submit your resume along with 3 business and 3 personal references to [email protected]
If you meet our requirements, we will contact you for a Phone Interview. If we are interested in talking with you further, we will set up an Onsite Working Interview.
Thank You for taking the time to review our requirements. We look forward to meeting you and hope you join our dynamic team!
1011 W Grove St
Kaufman, TX 75142-1827
By Children's Medical Clinics
October 04, 2017
Tags: Tonsillitis  

The tonsils are oval-shaped, pink masses of tissue on both sides of the throat. They are part of the body's immune system, designed to fight off bacteria and viruses that try to enter the body through the mouth. Sometimes common illnesses are too much for the tonsils to handle, and the tonsils become infected themselves. This condition is known as tonsillitis, an inflammation of the tonsils that can cause a sore throat and discomfort for your little one.
 

Tonsillitis is common in children, but it can occur at all ages. Many cases of tonsillitis in elementary-aged kids are caused by a viral infection, such as the common cold or flu. Bacterial infections, particularly streptococcus (strep), can also cause an infection of the tonsils.
 

If your child has tonsillitis, his or her main symptom will be a sore throat. It may be painful to eat, drink or swallow. Other common signs of infected tonsils include:
 

  • Red, tender and enlarged tonsils
  • Yellow or white coating on tonsils
  • Swollen, painful lymph nodes in the neck
  • Fever
  • Bad Breath

If your child’s symptoms suggest tonsillitis, call your pediatrician. Your child will need to visit a pediatrician to determine whether it is a bacterial or viral infection, which can usually be diagnosed with a physical exam and a throat culture.
 

If bacteria caused the child’s tonsillitis, then antibiotics may be prescribed to kill the infection. If a virus causes it, then the body will fight the infection on its own. Rest and drinking fluids can also help alleviate symptoms and ease pain. In some cases, if the child suffers from frequent episodes of tonsillitis or repeat infections over several years, your pediatrician may recommend a tonsillectomy, a common surgical procedure to remove the tonsils.
 

Because tonsillitis is contagious, kids should help protect others at school and home by washing hands frequently, not sharing cups or other personal utensils, and covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing.
 

Always contact your pediatrician when you have questions about your child’s symptoms and health.

By Children's Medical Clinics
September 28, 2017
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: asthma  

Wondering if your child has asthma? Asthma is a respiratory condition that inflames and narrows the airways, causing difficulty in asthmabreathing. Childhood asthma can be controlled with proper treatment. Dr. C. Turner Lewis of Children's Medical Clinics, which is located in Kaufman, TX, provides treatment for children with asthma. Here are five signs your child may have asthma.

1. Shortness of Breath- The most common symptom that may indicate your child has asthma is shortness of breath. This happens because airways in the lungs get smaller, swollen, and filled with mucus. During an asthma attack, the muscles surrounding the airway passages tighten. The lining of the airway passages swells. Less air is able to pass through as a result.

2. Frequent Coughing- It’s easy to think that coughing means your child has bronchitis or a cold— but if that cough won't go away, it may be a sign of asthma. Coughing from asthma often is worse early in the morning or at night, making it hard to sleep. Check with a pediatrician if your child's cough lingers for more than two weeks.

3. Chest Tightness- Chest tightness is a typical asthma symptom. Your child may feel like something is squeezing or sitting on his or her chest. This chest tightness can occur rarely, frequently, or persistently. Chest tightness frequently occurs in asthma patients, either alone or with the other asthma symptoms. 

4. Recurrent Wheezing- Wheezing is a typical asthma symptom. Wheezing is a squeaky or whistling sound that occurs when your child breathes. Inflammation and narrowing of the airway in any location, from your throat to your lungs, can result in wheezing. Wheezing alone doesn't mean your child has asthma. Other conditions can also cause wheezing including allergies, bronchitis, and respiratory tract infections.

5. Sleep Problems- Interrupted sleep may be a sign that your child is suffering from asthma. Coughing and wheezing in asthmatics often become more severe during the night. Some doctors feel that chronic insomnia may make a case of asthma become more severe. Fortunately, when childhood asthma is treated, sleep problems tend to disappear.

Asthma can affect your child's day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Don't wait another minute- call Children's Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX at 972-932-1319 right now to schedule an appointment.





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