William Lee, MD, FAAP Scott Bookner, MD, FAAP Judith Halpern, MD, FAAP Minella Lentini, MD, FAAP
Scarsdale Pediatrics is a friendly, state-of-the-art medical practice specializing in the care of children and adolescents from birth until 21 years of age. Our office is conveniently located in the center of the Village of Scarsdale and has on-site valet parking. We are open seven days per week and have evening hours. We have separate waiting rooms for sick and well children. (During the Covid-19 pandemic, children are brought immediately into an exam room). Drs. Lee, Bookner and Halpern are board-certified and have been practicing pediatrics for many years. Dr. Lentini recently graduated from her residency program and is board-certified. Dr. Bookner is the past-Director of Pediatrics at White Plains Hospital Center. Dr. Lee is the camp physician for Camp Mohawk in White Plains.
WE ARE EXTREMELY HAPPY TO INTRODUCE DR. MINELLA LENTINI, MD, WHO JOINED OUR PRACTICE THIS SUMMER. DR. LENTINI RECENTLY COMPLETED HER PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY AT THE PHOENIX CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN ARIZONA. SHE IS ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK AND COMPLETED HER UNDERGRADUATE TRAINING AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND MEDICAL SCHOOL AT SUNY UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY. SHE COMES TO US MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SEE ALL PATIENTS FROM BIRTH THROUGH 21 YEARS OF AGE BEGINNING ON JULY 20, 2020.
FLU VACCINES ARE NOW AVAILABLE:
The CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, NY and Westchester Co. Depts. of Health, and the doctors at Scarsdale Pediatric Associates strongly recommend that each person 6mos. of age and older receive a flu vaccine each year. The flu is a respiratory virus that can cause serious illness and even death, including in healthy persons. In this time of Covid-19 pandemic, it is even more important for all persons to receive flu vaccines, for everyone's own safety, as well as to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by flu patients in addition to those with Covid-19. Flu vaccines are safe. They are usually effective, though don't always prevent all cases. They may, however, decrease the severity if one does catch the flu. This year's vaccine has protection against four different strains of the flu. Children under the age of nine years who have never received the flu vaccine need 2 doses, one month apart. All others need one dose. Due to limited scheduling ability during the Covid-19 pandemic, as we try to get every patient in and out quickly, without using the waiting room, we ask that you be patient with our staff when you call for your child's flu shot appointment. You may now call between 9am and 5pm on Monday through Friday (and Saturday 9am - 1pm) to schedule an appointment. 914-725-0800. Please see the information below regarding children who are seen for routine checkups for information about Covid-19 precautions.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE:
[SEE 3/25/20 UPDATE BELOW regarding checkups]
We are now beginning to see sick children in our office once again, after exclusively using a Telemedicine format which began in March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to maintain the utmost safety for out patients and staff, we will ask that everyone continue to be patient and adhere to the following guidelines:
- All visits are by appointment only; no walk-ins please
- Sick children will be seen beginning in the afternoon, in order that well children can be seen safely earlier in the day
- If waiting until the afternoon is not feasible, please ask to speak with one of the doctors so that a Telemedicine visit or referral to an Urgicare Center or ER can be arranged, if necessary
- Only one caretaker may accompany each child
- No caretaker who has had symptoms of illness in the last 7 days(cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell), who is under order to be quarantined or isolated, who has had direct contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or has traveled in the past 2 weeks to any state or nation on Governor Cuomo's restricted list will be allowed to enter the office.
- All caretakers and children aged 2 or older must wear a mask at all times while in the building.
- When you arrive, the doors will be locked. Please ring the bell or knock loudly and a staff member will scan the temperature of both the child and caretaker. If the caretaker's temp. is below 100F, the staff member will escort you to an exam room where your child will be seen by the doctor. There will be no need to wait in the waiting room or stop at the front desk. Scheduling and copayments will be done by phone.
- All staff caring for patients will be wearing appropriate PPE. Rooms will be cleaned thoroughly after each patient.
- IF YOUR CHILD HAS AN ALBUTEROL INHALER AND SPACER, PLEASE BRING THOSE WITH YOU, EVEN IF YOUR APPOINTMENT IS NOT RELATED TO WHEEZING OR ASTHMA.
- We are currently able to perform in-office PCR testing for Covid-19 and Influenza for children w/ symptoms of illness (note: certain insurance plans require that all Covid-19 and influenza tests be sent out). For children w/ no symptoms of illness, tests will generally be sent out for PCR testing.
- If it is not feasible to have an in-person visit, please ask about arranging a Telemedicine visit.
A doctor will still be available 24/7 for ANY MEDICAL QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS. (call the usual number: 914-725-0800).
Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-Cov2, which causes COVID-19) itself: We realize that the local and worldwide situation is an evolving one. For the most up-to-date information, please go to the websites below. Also, be aware that children seem to be less-severely affected than adults. Nevertheless, common precautions should always be taken: good hand-washing, avoiding contact with others who are sick, and proper cough-hygiene are always good practices. Current social-distancing practices and face-coverings, as recommended by the CDC and local Dept. of Health are strongly recommended. . Please keep in mind that in our area, the flu is still potentially more dangerous to children than COVID-19. All children should be vaccinated for the flu every year, beginning in the autumn. If you feel your child may have COVID-19 and would like to be tested, please call 914-725-088 for an appointment, or you may call the Dept. of Health at 833-626-7662.
As the world around us changes, we realize the stress that all of you are experiencing. We want you to know that we are ALWAYS here for you and willing to make this situation as bearable as possible. As a community and a nation, we will come through this if we all work together. Please be safe and call us if you need.
3/25/20: Update regarding Routine Physicals:
Because we feel it is of utmost importance for children and adolescents to continue to be up to date on vaccines and routine health, we will continue to perform routine checkups on all patients. Depending upon the national and local Covid-19 situation, these plans are subject to change.
All precautions will be taken to keep the office germ-free and minimize exposure of persons to other persons. Sick children will be seen in the afternoons, after all checkups are complete.
The following parameters are in place and subject to change depending upon staff availability and current New York State and local laws and recommendations:
If you have an existing appointment, a staff member will call to confirm that appt. and discuss the following rules. Exact days and times of appointments may need to be slightly adjusted. Please be patient with our staff as they are working hard and experiencing all of the same Covid-19-related stress as everyone else.
- No child with a cough or fever or diarrhea, or who has had a cough or fever or diarrhea (or other Covid-19 symptoms as defined by the CDC) in the past 7 days will be allowed to be seen for a routine checkup. Similarly, no caretaker who has these symptoms within 7 days will be allowed to accompany the child.
- No child or caretaker who is ordered to be under quarantine or isolation is allowed to be seen for a routine checkup.
- No child or caretaker who has had direct exposure to a test-positive case of Covid-19 within the last 14 days is allowed to be seen for a routine checkup.
- No child or caretaker who has traveled outside the U.S. in the last 14 days is allowed to be seen for a routine checkup. No child or caretaker who has traveled to a state on Governor Cuomo's quarantine list in the last 14 days is allowed to be seen for a routine checkup.
- Only one caretaker and one child is allowed at the visit.
- We ask that the caretaker please wear a mask if you have one; if not, we will provide one, but we are trying to conserve our supplies. All children aged 2 and over must also please wear a mask.
- When you arrive, the doors will be locked. Please ring the bell or knock loudly and a staff member will scan the temperature of both the child and caretaker. If both are below 100F, the staff member will escort you to an exam room where your child will be measured; then examined by the doctor; then receive any necessary tests and vaccines by the nursing staff.
Thank you for your cooperation as we try to all work together to keep your children and families healthy.
Please note that during the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be a charge to your insurance company for certain phone calls.