William Lee, MD, FAAP Scott Bookner, MD, FAAP Judith Halpern, 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. Drs. Lee, Bookner and Halpern are board-certified and have been practicing pediatrics for many years. 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.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE:
[SEE 3/25/20 UPDATE BELOW regarding checkups]
3/17/20: Dearest Scarsdale Pediatric Families:
Due to the continuing escalation of COVID-19 cases in our area and recommendations from the CDC and Dept. of Health, we have made the extremely difficult decision to temporarily change to a TELE-MEDICINE format. We love seeing our patients every day and it is what keeps us doing our life's mission. However, our first priority is always the safety of you and your children; our opinion and that of health authorities is that you will be better served without face-to-face interaction or exposure to others in an office, until such time as social-distancing recommendations are relaxed. Because of the importance of routine childhood health and vaccinations, we will be performing physicals as outlined below.
A doctor will still be available 24/7 for ANY MEDICAL QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS. (call the usual number: 914-725-0800). A staff member will be assisting from 9am-5pm, so those are the best hours to call, especially for more routine concerns. We will do our utmost to treat your child via the tele-medicine call. We will make arrangements for referral of any child who needs urgent evaluation. We have begun performing routine physical examinations for children age 5 yrs. and younger. [SEE UPDATE BELOW] Routine childhood vaccines still need to be performed in a timely fashion to prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis, and others.
Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (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 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. If you feel your child may have COVID-19 and would like to be tested, you may call the Dept. of Health at 888-364-3065.
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 younger children to continue to be up to date on vaccines and routine health, we will be starting to perform routine checkups on children aged 5 years and younger starting on Monday 3/30/20. Checkups on children aged 12 years and younger will begin on 5/15/20. Checkups on older children will begin 6/1/20. 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 continue to be "seen" via Telemedicine.
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 who has had a cough or fever in the past 7 days will be allowed to be seen. 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 is allowed to be seen.
- 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.
- No child or caretaker who has traveled outside the U.S. in the last month is allowed to be seen.
- 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.
- When you arrive, the doors will be locked. Please knock 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 vaccines by the nurse. We will not be drawing blood. If lab tests are necessary, arrangements will be made.
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.