At the UPMC Cole Pediatrics offices in Coudersport, Port Allegany, and Emporium, we are committed to providing the highest quality care for your children. Our practices provide comprehensive primary care from birth through young adulthood. Our dedicated team includes three board-certified pediatricians, a nurse practitioner, two physician assistants, two public health dental hygiene practitioners, two licensed clinical social workers, care coordinator, nurses and staff who work together to provide high quality pediatric care that is efficient, consistent, compassionate, and responsive to your child and family.
The pediatric providers at UPMC Cole consider childhood wellness and prevention of childhood obesity to be a major priority. We encourage families to limit sweetened beverages, consume fruits and vegetables daily, get regular exercise, and limit screen time.
UPMC Cole pediatricians feel that breast milk is the ideal food for your new baby. We have worked very hard to create a breastfeeding friendly environment in our newborn nursery and pediatric offices. We recognize that learning to breastfeed can be a challenging experience, and our nursery and pediatric office nurses receive ongoing training in breastfeeding education in order to help support you in your efforts. Our "Talk Baby" support group for new parents offers an opportunity for you to learn from other parents and share your experiences. Remember, when you have a question about any aspect of breastfeeding, you can always call your pediatric provider, the nurses in the newborn nursery or pediatric offices.
There are many resources that you may find helpful as you prepare to nurse your new baby and/or as you encounter challenges along the way:
- Pennsylvania Department of Health breastfeeding information
- Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)
- Talk Baby flyer
Multiple studies have demonstrated that children whose parents read to them in the first few years of life have better vocabulary and language skills and are better prepared to enter school than their peers. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics has declared literacy promotion to be an essential component of pediatric care for all children. The pediatric practices at UPMC Cole have joined with the national organization, Reach Out and Read, to provide a book to all children at all well child visits from age 6 months through age 5 years. We also provide gently used books to siblings, older children, and children who are seen for other types of visits.
We welcome your contribution to our Reach Out and Read initiative. If you are interested in volunteering to read to children in our waiting rooms, please call 814.274.6106. If you would like to make a monetary contribution to defray the cost of our new books, please contact the Cole Foundation at 814.274.5520. Finally, if you have gently used books that you would like to donate, please bring them to one of our pediatric offices.
Medical Home for Children with Special Needs
In the words of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, "a Medical Home is not a building, a house, or a hospital...it is an approach to providing health care in which health professionals and family members work as a team to access all medical and non-medical services necessary to help a child reach his or her full potential." As a medical home for special needs children, the UPMC Cole Pediatric practices collaborate with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to provide coordination of care for children and youth with special health care needs. Our pediatric care coordinator is available to help you plan your child's care, including referrals to medical, surgical, dental and behavioral health specialists, as well as to support your child's transition to adult health care providers. She is your resource for developing a care plan for your child, helping to coordinate multiple specialist appointments on the same day, negotiating with insurance companies about medications and durable equipment, arranging transportation, etc.
Our care coordinator also leads our monthly ADHD/Autism support group and quarterly parent partner meetings. As a medical home practice we strive to encourage communication and respect between families and practice staff, respect your cultural, religious, and personal preferences for treatment, and recognize you as the center of strength and support for your child. Parent Partners are a vital part of the medical home team. They offer providers a window into the patient and family's experience at our pediatric practice, and can help improve services for patients with and without special healthcare needs. If you are interested in becoming a parent partner, please contact Jennifer Hollowell at the Coudersport or Port Allegany pediatric office.
- Pediatric care coordinator: Jennifer Hollowell
- National Resource Center on ADHD
Developmental and behavioral health
At UPMC Cole Pediatrics, we believe that your child's emotional health and development are as important as her physical health. At each well child visit, we will ask you to complete online questionnaires about your child's development and behavior. When your child enters adolescence, she will also be asked to complete age-appropriate questionnaires. This information will help facilitate discussion among your pediatrician, your child, and you during the office visit. When appropriate and with your consent, we may refer your child for further evaluation and services.
We are fortunate to have two licensed clinical social workers located at our pediatric practices in Coudersport and Port Allegany. Jennifer Morrison and Chris Gibble accept referrals for behavioral and emotional concerns in children and adolescents beginning at age 4. Please talk to your pediatric provider or call 814.274.9198 (Coudersport) or 814.642.7205 (Port Allegany) to schedule an appointment.
- Licensed clinical social workers: Chris Gibble, Jennifer Morrison
- Access to Child Health & Development Interactive System (CHADIS)
The pediatric providers at UPMC Cole are strong proponents of childhood immunizations. At one time, parents lived with the daily fear of diseases like polio or meningitis that could end or alter their children's lives. Today, thanks to the development of safe and effective vaccines that protect against these and other serious diseases, parents can be reassured that their children are protected against some of the most common and potentially fatal diseases of childhood. We encourage you to immunize your child by the schedule that your pediatrician, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control recommends, assuring that he is protected as soon as possible from potential illness and disability. Your pediatrician will be happy to respond to any questions you may have about your child's immunizations as well as provide you with accurate resources should you wish to read more about immunizations.
- Parents PACK
- Immunization Action Coalition
- CDC: Vaccines for your children
A healthy mouth for a young child can be the cornerstone for life-long health and well-being. It can impact, eating, speaking, self-esteem and overall health because diseases of the mouth can affect the entire body. UPMC Cole's dental health program serves patients ages 1 up to 21 by offering the following preventive services:
- Dental screenings.
- Dental education.
- Fluoride treatments.
- Prophylactic procedures.
Most major insurances are accepted including PA Medical Assistance, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a self-pay and an eligible sliding-fee program. No one will be denied care due to an inability to pay. After the dental exam, Cole's dental hygienist will create a personalized home care plan and a referral to a pediatric dental specialist, if additional care is required. We also deliver care to patients in area schools to insure that every child has an opportunity for a happy smile!
For more information or an appointment, please call 814.274.9198 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information about Dental Services for the entire family, go to UPMC Cole Dentistry.
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