We strive to provide advanced primary care. As part of that mission, we believe it is important to have a broad range of services at hand in our office so we can provide as much or all of your child’s care within our walls. This includes immunizations, hearing and vision testing, sick and well child visits, sports physicals, ADHD and asthma diagnosis and treatment visits, travel consultations, in house blood and urine lab testing, and ear piercing to name a few. We want to be your pediatric partners, providing professional and family friendly medical care for your children, from birth through college. As your partner we emphasize preventative care and safety issues as well as social, mental, and developmental wellbeing. The doctors and staff of Pediatric Partners of Gwinnett strive to provide your children with evidence based, up-to-date pediatric care in a kid friendly environment.
Children deserve a medical home – a place where their care is accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate. At Pediatric Partners of Gwinnett we began the process of building a medical home for many of our patients a long time ago, we just did not realize it at the time. The concept of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) has evolved into something that is widely regarded as the future of primary care pediatrics. We have partnered with various organizations to incorporate the concept of the Patient Centered Medical Home into our practice.
What is a Primary Care Medical Home?
A family-centered medical home is not a building, house, hospital, or home healthcare service, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. In a family-centered medical home the pediatric care team works in partnership with a child and a child’s family to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met. Through this partnership the pediatric care team can help the family/patient access, coordinate, and understand specialty care, educational services, out-of-home care, family support, and other public and private community services that are important for the overall health of the child and family. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed the medical home model for delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective to all children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs.
What does the Primary Care Medical Home look like at Pediatric Partners of Gwinnett?
Much of what has been described in the medical home model is already in place at Pediatric Partners of Gwinnett. We began the process of seeking to be formally certified as a PCMH by the Joint Commission in 2016. Our goal is to improve care coordination for our patients in all areas (medical, educational, social, and emotional). We have focused initially on our patients with special health care needs and certain diagnoses of interest (e.g. asthma), and hopefully will apply what we learn to all of our patients. Our Medical Home team is comprised of physicians, Medical Home Care Coordinator, Practice Administrator, and a Nursing Staff Coordinator. Together they help balance our medical care with a strong supportive care program. As the Medical Home Care Coordinators, their role is to work in partnership with the pediatric care team at Pediatric Partners of Gwinnett and the children and families in the practice to ensure that both the medical and non-medical needs of the patients are met. Their function is to serve as a resource to help establish access to services and bridge the gap between Pediatric Partners of Gwinnett and specialists, schools, and community connections (i.e. early intervention, family support, insurance coverage).