Congratulations on entering a very exciting period in your life!! We would be delighted to help care for your child and serve as your trusted advisors as your family grows. Senders Pediatrics goes the extra mile for each and every family both in the office and by providing value added services. We are committed to supporting parents in raising healthy, self-confident children.
We often teach expectant parents about what to look for in a pediatric office. The following are some of the issues that we believe should be considered by every parent seeking pediatric care.
What are the hours? – See Hours. The most important question for you is are they open 7 days a week? Kids get sick 7 days a week and knowing whether your practice is available to see them when they get sick is paramount. Evening and early AM hours are desired by many working parents.
What is the philosophy? – We tend to be minimalist in our approach to medicines. For example, we recognize that up to 70% of ear infections will get better on their own and we often will provide a “relief” prescription and encourage watchful waiting. We are straight shooters when it comes to interventions but we won’t shy away from recommending one when we feel it will be helpful. We have good relationships with specialists but make referrals only if we feel that the visit will provide value to you and to your child.
What is the experience in the waiting room? We have a 2.5 story atrium in our waiting room with a tree that soars 25 feet and is covered by an 80 foot mural of tree cover. The tree house that surrounds the tree ends in a curving 16 foot slide which delights parents and children. It is built to support a 300 lb person. We deliberately do not have ill and well waiting areas because studies show that the parents of ill children do not want to wait in the ill waiting room and, more importantly, you spend little time in the waiting area on your way to an examining room.
What are the exam rooms like? Our exam rooms set a new standard for comfort and relaxation. There are curved edges to avoid injury, the cabinets and tables are wood toned to provide a sense of calm and there are age appropriate toys and books available in each room.
How is continuity provided? As the field of pediatrics has evolved, studies have shown that most graduating new pediatricians are women. As we all attempt to provide “family friendly” work opportunities, Senders Pediatrics has evolved as well. You will be provided a primary provider who will be a pediatrician or nurse practitioner of your own choosing and there will be a team of 2-3 other doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses who will serve as backup in the absence of “your provider”. Our unique Electronic Health Record allows for rapid access to information to insure maximal continuity.
How important is location? 50% of our practice comes from a 3-5 mile radius but as we expand our services, we are now attracting patients from diverse communities such as Avon, Bainbridge, Euclid, Hudson, Orange, Solon, Strongsville and Willoughby. Parents often worry about immediate access. The truth is, if it is a true emergency, the solution is to call 911 and EMS will take you to the closest emergency room. For all other situations, we will be able to help guide you to the appropriate facility or see you immediately.
How supportive are you to mothers interested in breastfeeding? There is probably no practice in town with more services available to women looking for information about breastfeeding or help when there are problems. We have four certified Lactation Consultants on staff who are available 5 days a week to provide you with help in making the experience work for you. We also house Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio run by Dr. Ann Witt, the only local physician with training in the new field of Breastfeeding Medicine. Dr. Witt deals with problems of milk production, nipple and breast pain and infection and has been credited with helping hundreds of women who would have otherwise given up on nursing. We “figure it out” when it comes to breastfeeding as well.
What are the value added services? The value added services at Senders Pediatrics include: Senders Parenting, a parenting program which provides you with added tools in your parenting toolbox, Senders Educational Consulting, a program designed to help you “figure your kid out” educationally and Senders Research which brings you access to the next generation of life saving and disease preventing products. Daily Dose of Reading, a child focused literacy program, which has a growing national reputation for providing resources on reading to parents and children is also a key part of our pediatric lineup.
If you have not already visited our offices we invite you to schedule a prenatal appointment with one of our doctors. The visits are complimentary and are usually scheduled at the end of the day to accommodate working schedules. You may schedule an appointment by calling 216-291-9210.
Please take time to explore our website and learn more about Senders Pediatrics.
As an expectant parent we think you may find the following areas of our website especially relevant and interesting.
Newborn Care Guide
Guide to Breastfeeding
Introduction to Solid Foods