Pediatrics

From the time your child enters the world, tiny and squalling, to the day he walks across the stage for that diploma, his health is critical to well being and development. Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s team of Pediatric specialists are committed to making that journey as productive as possible, through preventive care and well-child checkups as well as treatment when illness or injury strikes.

GLH’s Children’s Clinic offers a full staff of residency-trained pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners. They are open daily to evaluate and treat a wide range of childhood and adolescent diseases, ranging from minor sniffles and scrapes to preventive medicine, management of chronic diseases and consultation on learning disorders and behavioral issues. In addition to their practice, they are active in the community, sponsoring the annual “Tour de Grand” bike race, the 300 Oaks Fun Run, March of Dimes and working with the Greenwood Mentoring Group.

At GLH, we realize that children are unpredictable. We now offer same-day sick appointments  (7:30 am to 5pm, Monday through Friday). Allergy shots are scheduled on Monday and Wednesdays from 8am to 4pm and flu shots are given during regular clinic hours, in season.

Newborn Care

The Newborn Nursery at GLH is an up-to-date combination of personal attention and technology. If healthy, your new baby will be there for only a day or two, surrounded by loving professionals and monitored for any problems which might develop. Some babies will need to spend a little extra time in the nursery for observation or treatment, and some may have to be transferred to larger medical centers for more complicated cases. Regardless, you can be assured that the doctors, nurses and staff dealing with your little bundle of joy are committed to making his or her first days ones of health and happiness.

Realizing that the arrival of a new baby affects the entire family, GLH has developed a Big Brother/Big Sister Sibling Class for children aged three and older. This one hour session will introduce your children to the hospital environment and help them understand their normal feelings of jealousy and concern. They will visit the newborn nursery and learn about holding, feeding and diapering their new little friend. When they head home with a “graduation certificate” and coloring book, they’ll be excited and more at ease with the adventure to come! This is a free service for families who will be delivering at GLH; for questions or to enroll, call Kerri Grossman, Child Life Coordinator at 662 459 2772.

Kerri Reaves Grossman has served as the Child Life Coordinator at Greenwood Leflore Hospital since 2003. Kerri graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000 with a BS in Child and Family Studies / Child Life. Kerri has been a certified Child Life Specialist since 2001. Kerri has extensive training with children and their families in and out of the hospital setting. In addition to working as the Child Life Coordinator, Kerri also shares her time with Accreditation Services, is the co-chair of employee giving steering committee for KING, and very active in various hospital committees, Relay for Life, and the March of Dimes.

Breastfeeding

For thousands of years, the only option that new mothers had for nourishing their infants was breastfeeding. Even if the mother was not healthy enough to provide milk, women who served as “wet nurses” would step in and make sure that the baby was well fed. It has only been over the last century or so that social norms discouraged breastfeeding, with a resulting decrease in the percentage of women who choose this route. With a multitude of commercial formulas available, there are more acceptable infant nutrition options than ever before, but breastfeeding still claims some very significant short-term and long-term health benefits which cannot be duplicated with formula.

Do pediatricians recommend breastfeeding? Pediatricians are very familiar with the health benefits of breastfeeding, even if only for a short period of time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastmilk alone for the baby’s first 6 months and breastmilk with other foods until the child is one year old.

What are the immediate benefits of breastfeeding for the baby? A breastfed baby has been statistically shown to have fewer episodes of infections, diarrhea, constipation, colic, allergies, asthma and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than those who are fed commercial formulas. Their immune system will be stronger and some studies have shown more rapid brain development in breastfed children.

What are the long-term benefits of breastfeeding for your child? Over their early years, children who were breastfed for a significant period of time have a decreased risk of obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies and some types of cancer.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding for the mother? Nature has designed a woman’s body to recover in many ways from the stress of pregnancy and childbirth, and some of those changes are accelerated with the hormonal stimulus of breastfeeding. On average, a breastfeeding mother’s uterus will shrink more quickly to its pre-pregnancy size and she is likely to lose her “pregnancy pounds” somewhat faster. Over her lifetime, she will have a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.

Are there other benefits to breastfeeding? While a mother is breastfeeding exclusively, there will be no need for formula, bottles, and the other items needed for formula feeding. Some studies have shown fewer sick days for breastfeeding workers who return to employment. Another benefit is the environmental impact of fewer formula cans and plastic accessories which have to be discarded after each feeding.

How can I find out more about breastfeeding? The Mississippi Department of Health can provide you with answers to your breastfeeding questions through their WIC Peer Counselor program. Greenwood Leflore Hospital works with the Leflore County Health Department and Counselor Alisha Grantham-Villasenor. Her contact number is 662 809 0233 or email atAlisha.Grantham@MSDH.state.ms.us.

Children’s Clinic

The Children’s Clinic is pleased to announce a new scheduling
system to better meet the needs of our tiniest patients.

The Children’s Clinic now offers two completely separate clinic areas. The Acute
Clinic side is for children who are sick, and The Well Clinic side is for children who need well check-ups.

So…what does that mean exactly? Historically, the Children’s Clinic offered a walk-in option that was basically a first-come, first served format. We have modified this format to a “Same-Day Call In” concept that allows the patient to call in early, schedule a visit for that day and wait at home instead of in a clinic waiting room. Our new Well Clinic allows parents with children who aren’t sick to wait in an illness-free waiting area.

Here’s how it works: If your child is sick, call the clinic as early as 7:30 AM to request an appointment time for them to be seen by one of our providers on the same day. However, calls received after noon may be scheduled for the next day due to volume.

Here’s what you’ll need to do: Call 662-459-7030 to speak to one of our friendly scheduling staff members. Let them know if your child is sick or needs a well visit. Your appointment will then be made with the appropriate clinic side. Enter the appropriate clinic waiting area and check in with the receptionist.

Frequently asked questions about our changes:

Q. When I call for a same day sick appointment will I see my child’s provider?

A. Potentially, depending on which side of the clinic your provider is working that day. We realize that  some parents will be concerned about not being able to see a specific provider, but please don’t worry! All six of our providers are experienced in the pediatric field. If your child is being seen by another provider and you have a question about something, your provider is only steps away and will be happy to address your concerns.  Parents still have the option to make traditional appointments and schedule visits with a specific provider on a low demand day. Those days may be identified by calling the clinic and speaking to the scheduler.

Q. Do I have to make an appointment for my child to receive his allergy shot?

A. No. Children who receive regular allergy shots are welcome to walk in through the Well Clinic side. Shots are administered on Monday and Wednesday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Q. Do new patients receive same day appointments?

A. It depends on whether your child is sick or well. Sick children will receive a same day appointment, though we encourage you to arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled time to complete any new patient paperwork.

If your child is a new patient and is well, please call in advance to schedule an appointment. Same day appointments are not available for new patients needing well check-ups .

Q.  Are same day appointments available for children who visit the clinic for ADHD or Asthma check ups?

A. No. If your child needs an ADHD or Asthma check up, please call the clinic in advance to schedule an appointment.

Q. Which side of the clinic do we enter for an ADHD or Asthma check up?

A. Patients needing ADHD or Asthma check ups will need to come to the Acute/Sick clinic side. There is a special illness free waiting area just for your child.

Q. My child comes to the clinic for regular weight check-ups. Do I need an appointment?

A. No. We welcome walk in weight check ups on our Well Clinic side.

Q. My child is sick, but I can’t make a same day appointment because I have to give my employer some notice before taking off of work.

A. We understand that parents have busy schedules, and though we offer the convenience of same day appointments, we still want to try to meet everyone’s needs. Simply call the clinic as soon as you can and we will schedule your child for the next day.

Q. My child’s teacher called at 11:00am from school saying that she is running a fever will she be able to get a same day appointment?

A. We encourage you to call the clinic as soon as you know that your child is sick. We will do our best to offer same day appointments to all sick children, however if you call after lunch, we may have to schedule your child for the next day due to high volumes.

 

 

 

Well-Baby Care: Your GLH pediatrician will set up a regular schedule of visits for the first few months of the child’s life. Careful attention to growth and development milestones will be emphasized and you’ll be counseled in all aspects of caring for this tiny person. From proper feeding techniques to safe sleeping positions and preventative care, your doctor will guide you in caring for your baby and preventing as many problems as possible.

Learn more about Well-Baby Care on marchofdimes.com.

Immunizations: Vaccines are a critical part of keeping your baby healthy and your pediatric care provider will be sure that you know when these are recommended. The dreaded diseases of prior generations such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio and chicken pox are, in large part, totally preventable now, along with their potential side effects. Most children tolerate the mild discomfort of immunizations with no difficulty, but your pediatrician will counsel you on simple pain medication and fever prevention when you go in for shots. For older children and teenagers, more vaccines are recommended.

Visit msdh.state.ms.us for a complete schedule of childhood immunizations.

Beyond the Baby Years: As your child matures beyond infancy, checkups are still very important although not needed as frequently as during the first year. GLH pediatric professionals will examine your daughter or son and make sure that they are growing at a healthy rate and developing mentally, socially and emotionally. On occasion, it will be time for a booster immunization and there will be opportunities to discuss issues that may arise with school, sports, habits and fears. Every child is different, but your GLH pediatrician is well trained to spot problems before they become intractable.

Learn more about Well-Child Care at healthychildren.org

Sick Child Care: There’s never been a youngster who didn’t have colds, flu, stomach aches, rashes or scrapes and bumps. Those are just part of growing up. But when it’s your little one who’s sick, you want prompt and knowledgeable service from the best health professionals around. The doctors and nurses at GLH can handle anything from a sniffle to an ear infection to diarrhea. Usually, these ailments can be treated in the clinic, but in rare instances, hospitalization may be necessary. GLH has a fully-staffed pediatric service with nurses who specialize in pediatric problems.

Adolescent Medicine: As your child quickly grows into the pre-teen and teenage years, new and sometimes unsettling changes will come. The pediatric doctors and nurses at GLH are ready to guide you and your adolescent through these often-bumpy years, dealing with everything from acne to puberty to drug and alcohol use. The goal for both parents and professionals is to see this person move into adulthood healthy and well-balanced with every opportunity for a productive life.

 

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Hospitalization

Pediatric Hospitalist: GLH employs Dr. Melynda Noble as a Pediatric Hospitalist, a specially trained physician who manages every aspect of in-hospital care on site. That means that the nurses have ready access to a physician without having to wait for someone to complete their clinic duties. Should unusual complications arise, our doctors are in constant contact with specialists in Jackson and Memphis and can refer if necessary. Should your child be dealing with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or other ailments, GLH pediatricians are adept at managing these locally and referring when more intensive care is indicated.

Pediatric Hospitalist

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Melynda C. Noble, MD

Child Life: Realizing that the arrival of a new baby affects the entire family, GLH has developed a Big Brother/Big Sister Sibling Class for children aged three and older. This one hour session will introduce your children to the hospital environment and help them understand their normal feelings of jealousy and concern. They will visit the newborn nursery and learn about holding, feeding and diapering their new little friend. When they head home with a “graduation certificate” and coloring book, they’ll be excited and more at ease with the adventure to come! This is a free service for families who will be delivering at GLH.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their child about one month before the baby is due. The one hour program includes:

  • Introduction to the hospital
  • Film-“I’m a Little Jealous of that Baby”
  • Caring for the baby ( holding, feeding, burping, diapering)
  • Visit to the newborn nursery
  • Certificate and Coloring book

For questions or to enroll, call Kerri Grossman, Child Life Coordinator at 662 459 2772. Kerri Grossman has served as the Child Life Coordinator at Greenwood Leflore Hospital since 2003. Kerri graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000 with a BS in Child and Family Studies / Child Life. Kerri has been a certified Child Life Specialist since 2001. Kerri has extensive training with children and their families in and out of the hospital setting. In addition to working as the Child Life Coordinator, Kerri also shares her time with Accreditation Services, is the co-chair of employee giving steering committee for KING, and very active in various hospital committees, Relay for Life, and the March of Dimes.

Pediatric Playroom: The pediatric playroom is furnished by generous donations of the Greenwood Junior Auxiliary.

The playroom promotes a positive transition for patients to the hospital environment. Therapeutic and developmentally appropriate play activities are provided in the playroom for our patients.

The playroom is only available only to patients with their doctors/nurses permission. All patients receive toys and activities at bedside.

Learn more about the Junior Auxiliary of Greenwood at jagreenwood.org

Toy Donations: Toys may be donated for use in the pediatric playroom or out patient surgery. Toys for the pediatric playroom must be plastic, vinyl, or have surfaces that are cleanable. Toys should be sturdy. Please avoid toys made of glass, items that can easily break, and toys that have sharp edges. Paints, crayons, and all craft supplies should be non-toxic.

Toy donations for the playroom may be new or used. All toy donations for out patient surgery must be new. Suggested items: colors, markers, coloring books, rattles, wii games, board games, Barbies, action figures, hot wheels, books, toys that light up, make sounds, and activity centers.

To make a toy or monetary donation, please contact Kerri Reaves Grossman, Child Life Coordinator at 662-459-2772 M-F 8a-5p.

Mississippi EPSDT Program

Growth and Development: Over the past few decades, research into learning disorders and developmental delay has become a major emphasis in pediatric medicine. All of the GLH pediatric staff is trained to recognize and deal with such challenges as dyslexia, autism spectrum and Attention Deficit Disorder. If you suspect your child may be dealing with a learning disorder, GLH is ready to help put them on the road to success.

Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s Children’s Clinic and your child’s school are on a mission to improve the health and well-being of our children.

The Children’s Clinic pediatricians have partnered with a local dentist and optometrist to provide EPSDT screenings at surrounding schools.

What does EPSDT stand for?

  • Early – Identifying problems your child may be having early
  • Periodic – Checking children’s health as recommended for their age
  • Screening – Conducting physical, mental, developmental, dental, hearing, vision, and other screening tests to find potential problems
  • Diagnosis – Performing diagnostic tests or refer your child for testing when a risk is identified
  • Treatment – If problems are found that need to be addressed, we can treat them at the clinic with a follow up visit.

Why are we dedicated to providing your child this service? We believe routine exams, including dental and vision screenings help millions of children stay healthy, which promotes success in school.

In order for your child or children to receive these exams, the attached forms must be completed and returned to the school as soon as possible.

We look forward to serving your child. If you have questions, please call the Children’s Clinic at 662.459.7030.

EPDST New Patient Forms (PDF)

EPDST Established Patient Forms (PDF)

EPDST New Patient Forms Spanish (PDF)

EPDST Established Patient Forms Spanish (PDF)

 

Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Physical Therapy: GLH’s physical therapists are skilled in dealing with a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders affecting children. Congenital syndromes such as Down’s, Muscular Dystrophy, Erb’s palsy, hydrocephalus and spina bifida present challenges in ambulation and motor control. With dedicated and compassionate therapy, these children are able to maximize their potential and participate in as many normal activities as possible. Following injuries, the GLH therapists guide young people through rehabilitation of the affected area and encourage a return to an active lifestyle. The fully-equipped rehab center includes exercise equipment, aquatic therapy, whirlpools and other modalities to facilitate healing and restoration of functionality.

Our therapists have worked with children with many diagnoses including:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Autism
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Toe Walking
  • Sports Injuries
  • Developmental Delay
  • Torticollis
  • Erb’s Palsy & other Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Neurological dysfunctions
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Torticollis treatment
  • Myofascial release
  • Fabrication of casts and splints
  • Functional mobility
  • Whirlpool and wound care
  • Pain Management
  • Aquatics Therapy
  • Wheelchair and Equipment Evaluation
  • Sports Medicine

Occupational Therapy: The occupational therapists on staff can help with self-care skills such as dressing, feeding and grooming and work with hand flexibility and coordination. Problems with manual dexterity can hinder a child’s academic performance and self esteem, and our staff can maximize each patient’s ability to write and handle instruments such as scissors and tools.

Our occupational therapists evaluate and treat children from birth to 21 years of age with a variety of diagnoses that may include:

  • Autism related disorders
  • Sensory-motor disorders
  • Upper extremity (shoulder, arm and hand) injuries including brachial plexus injuries, burns, fractures, etc.
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Down Syndrome and other genetic diagnoses
  • Cerebral Palsy and other neurological diagnoses
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Delays in fine motor and visual motor skills directly affecting academic performance

Speech Therapy: Speech therapists are available for a wide variety of developmental and language challenges, including speech and fluency disorders, hearing impairment, swallowing and feeding difficulties and autism spectrum syndromes. When children either can’t hear what is going on around them or can’t express their reaction to that environment, they struggle emotionally, socially and academically. Our speech therapists will administer a series of tests to determine the underlying problem and then guide the child toward the highest level of adaptation possible. Some speech and language disorders are fairly simple and amenable to just a few visits, while others require ongoing therapy over the course of months or even years. Early detection is critical and parental involvement and reinforcement essential and the GLH therapists will insure that the family is part of the rehabilitation team in every way.

Our therapists have a range of experience including, but not limited to:

  • Articulation and related motor speech disorders
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Augmentative / Alternative Communication
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Cognitive / Attention Impairments
  • Expressive Language Disorders / Delays
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Oral Motor Impairments
  • Phonological Difficulties
  • Pragmatic (Social) Difficulties
  • Receptive Language Disorders / Delays
  • Swallowing and / or Feeding Difficulties
  • Tongue Thrust
  • Voice Disorders

Children may benefit from pediatric occupational therapy for:

  • Self-care skills including feeding, dressing, and grooming
  • Hand strengthening and coordination skills required for activities such as cutting with scissors, coloring, and writing, buttoning, using feeding utensils, etc.
  • Sensory-motor processing and integration
  • Upper extremity (shoulder, arm and hand) splinting & serial casting
  • Recommendation, training, and use of adaptive equipment
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Visual motor and handwriting skills

Community Outreach & Education

Children’s Fair: The Children’s Fair is an annual event in July. The fair is free two day event for children ages 5-8. The event focuses on a variety of exciting hands on educational activities. For more information please contact Kerri Reaves Grossman, Child Life Coordinator, at 662-459-2772 M-F 8a-5p.

Hospital Tours: The child Life coordinator is available to give tours to a variety of age groups. Tours can be tailored to your group’s age level and interest. To schedule a tour and ensure your group gets the most out of their hospital experience please call Kerri Reaves Grossman, Child Life Coordinator at 662-459-2772 M-F 8a-5p.