live. love. grow July Newsletter

Beansprout Pediatrics has been deligently following steps to keep families coming into our offices happy and healthy.  To ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff we are:

 

DISINFECTING: Beansprout thoroughly cleans and disinfects all surfaces with CDC recommended disinfectants/cleaners with increased frequency providing our families with a clean and safe environment.

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS: Only one parent/caregiver may accompany patient(s) in office.

SCREENING: 1-2 days prior to an appointment, our admin team will contact you to review our new protocols, as well as provide a number to call or text once you’ve arrived for your appointment. Each caregiver and patient are thoroughly screened upon arrival for thier appointment, before entering the office.

MASKING: Everyone over the age of 3 years must wear a mask at all times while in our offices.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: A Beansprout Team member with a mask on meets patient and parent/caregiver at the front door, provides hand sanitizer, and then immediately escorts them to an exam room.

 


 

July 2020

Dear Beansprout Families,

We are now 4 months into the most challenging public health crisis of our careers. This summer is Beansprout’s 10 year anniversary, and nothing like a novel virus pandemic as an anniversary gift!

COVID-19 is still here, and although challenging, we have adapted to continue to provide excellence of care to all of our families. We feel it is our duty as your healthcare provider to share our evidence and practice-based suggestions so that you can make the best choices to protect and care for your family.

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our community very closely, and are adapting to new conditions and concerns on a daily basis.

We have maintained a separation of well and sick appointments, and we feel that this has been well received by our patients and their families.

We will continue to do this for as long as it is necessary.

We appreciate your flexibility with scheduling, in-car and curbside testing and visits, to make this possible.

With fall and winter on the horizon, we plan to have a clear process on what to do if your child gets sick. This will include accurate, rapid testing at Beansprout locations for COVID, Flu, RSV, and Strep.

We feel that by having access to accurate, same-day testing is important, especially if students are returning to the classroom.

We will continue to offer virtual visits for acute illness. Any concern for COVID must start with a virtual visit. We will expand upon in-office visits for wellness checks and low COVID risk complaints (musculoskeletal injuries, concussion, behavioral health etc.).

We encourage you to meet with our providers, either in office for well visits, or through our virtual platform, to address any questions or concerns. We are here to help!

Overall, as we see increased community spread of COVID-19, our patients and their families have done well. However, COVID-19 has proven to be scary, unpredictable, and widespread.

Please read our newsletter for information regarding school, office safety procedures, and other news.

Enjoy the rest of summer, albeit one for the record books, and stay well!

Drs. Grant and Temple

 

RETURNING TO SCHOOL

By Michelle Murphy, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

 

The decision to have your child return to school in the fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is a complex decision based on a variety of factors. There are no formal guidelines, but there are things to consider. In-person learning does have proven benefits, including better learning environments, less social isolation, increased physical activity, food security, and improved mental health. When schools shut down in the spring semester, consider how your child fared in these areas when deciding to go back to school in the fall or continue with distance-learning.

Distance-learning should be encouraged for certain children and adolescents. A child that lives in a home with elderly or other high-risk family members may be putting them at risk by attending school in-person. If your child has an underlying health condition, they can be at higher risk of developing COVID-19 as well as more serious complications. These health conditions include:

  • Chronic lung disease (aka bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
  • Pulmonary insufficiency
  • Moderate to severe asthma
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Primary immunodeficiencies 
  • Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • HIV
  • Cancer
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Autoimmune disorders

It should be noted that healthy siblings of children with these underlying health conditions may be fine to attend school if they are strictly adhering to safety protocols. 

Aside from these points, there are unique situations for every household that may limit available options. There are questions that all families can ask of schools. If you ask for the school’s preparedness plan, they should be able to tell you the plan for enforcing social distancing, facial coverings, and disinfecting as well as other proposed safety measures. Will there be staggered drop-off times? Will the number of people in the hallways between periods be limited? Will desks be spaced out? Will adult interaction be limited (i.e. virtual meetings for school staff and limited lounge access)? How often will surfaces be cleaned? Facial coverings should likely be expected in middle school and high school-aged students. For elementary-aged children, try having them get used to wearing a mask over the summer so it will be less of an adjustment if they do need to wear one at school. 

Parents, this is a scary and stressful time. Know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for making the decision to attend school in-person or not. Please note that for families whose parents and/or caregivers are differing in their decision to return to school, Beansprout Pediatrics will not be able to make any judgments about what is right for your family. If your child will likely be attending school in-person in the fall, here are a few ideas to make that transition easier and as safe as possible for your family. As mentioned above, practice wearing masks now. Ensure your child knows how to practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands together while singing part of a song for 20 seconds. Additionally, encouraging all family members to receive flu shots in the fall will be important now more than ever to reduce strain on young immune systems while also reducing strain on hospitals.

Screening, Curbside, and Masks- Oh My!

With things slowly reopening, Beansprout Pediatrics is still taking steps to keep families coming into our offices happy and healthy.  To ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff we are:

 

Calling to pre-screen families coming in to clinic the day before their appointment.

We are calling to verify everyone coming into clinic is healthy with no cough, fever, or exposure to COVID-19.

 If you have an office visit, expect a call from our staff the day before your appointment. Feel free to call us for screening questions the day before your appointment as well:

(512) 610-7030

Offering Curbside Check-In (no more waiting rooms, yay!). When you arrive, please wait in your car and contact your office with the special SPROUT check-in line:

[This number is for car side check-in only]
Bee Cave (512) 553-8877 (Text Only)
Dripping Springs (512) 610-7030; Ext 201# (Please Call)
Spicewood (512) 489-0256 (Text Only)
Requesting everyone ages 4 and up wear a mask when coming into the office!

We are also encouraging only 1 caregiver come with patients to their appointment to limit the number of people in clinic at one time.

And of course, we are keeping our offices clean and thoroughly disinfecting everything!

If you have any questions, please call us at (512) 610-7030

 

 

Feed the Frontlines Fundraiser

Help Beansprout Pediatrics and Frontline Foods ATX support Austin’s first responders, medical providers & all essential workers! All net proceeds from the sale of these yard signs will go entirely to FrontLineFoods.org in Austin.

Signs can be picked up at our Bee Cave, Dripping Springs, or Spicewood office. Please call our office at 512-610-7030 at least 30 minutes before you plan to come pick up your sign after placing your order!

Click here to order a sign today!

 

Appointment Scheduling Notice

The safety of our patients and visitors remains our top priority. Many of you with pre-scheduled appointments in May and June may have recently received an appointment cancellation notice. A staff member will call you shortly to reschedule your appointment during our designated well visit hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Until further notice, each of our locations are seeing *only* well patients in the morning and virtual sick visits in the afternoon out of an abundance of care during COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and thank you for allowing us to care for your little ones 🌱

 

Curbside Visits & Check-in

For families coming into clinic for well child checks or for curbside visits scheduled by a provider following a virtual visit, drive to the office you are scheduled at and once parked, remain in your vehicle and contact the office you are scheduled at. This is a special number only for curbside visits. Any calls or questions regarding your child’s health and scheduling should be directed to our main line.

[This number is for car side check-in only]
Bee Cave  (512) 553-8877                     (Please Text)
Dripping Springs  (512) 610-7030; Ext 201# (Please Call)
Spicewood (512) 489-0256                     (Please Text)
 In your  message, please include:

🌱Your child’s name & date of birth

🌱The color/model of your car

A staff member will be with you to either conduct a curbside visit or to escort you and your child straight into an exam room after check in. If you have any questions or trouble checking in via curbside, please call our main office line: (512) 610-7030

Beansprout News and Information

To better serve our patients and families during the COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home order, Beansprout Pediatrics will be sending out our “live love grow” Newsletter whenever we have any news or updates.  Doctors Grant & Temple have begun a weekly “sproutkast”, where they will answer your questions and concerns and share their insights & recommendations. Please look for our weekly Instagram Story & Facebook poll to post questions, or email questions to our social media email: bspmeghan@gmail.com

Before we began seeing the coronavirus locally, Beansprout took action.  First and foremost, protocols were implemented to keep our patients, as well as our staff, safe. The staff at Beansprout is having continued education on infection control.  Each provider has a team and designated office location consisting of 1 administrative staff & 1 nurse.

Well Check ups

Well check ups and vaccinations that we provide for your child are essential in preventing disease.  We are following the recommendations from the CDC and The American Academy of Pediatrics and will continue to recommend our patients schedule their wellness exams.
Wellness appointments are available each weekday 8am – 12 noon.  Each of our office locations have one designated wellness provider. On the day of your scheduled appointment, both patient & parent are screened for possible exposure to the COVID-19. Parents are asked to arrive with a mask or scarf, or we will have one available.  Upon arrival, you will be greeted by an admin team member wearing gloves and a mask, and you will be immediately escorted to a wellness room. Each exam room is thoroughly disinfected before each patient arrives. Both the nurse and provider will have masks (3 to be exact!). Payment & updating of demographics is done prior to visit, so that parent & child can leave as soon as the exam is completed, and please be assured you will not come into contact with any other patients.

Virtual Visits
If your child is sick, needs a medication follow-up, or a behavioral medicine appointment, we are able to offer telemedicine 7 days a week!  These virtual visits can be scheduled directly from our website: beansproutpediatrics.com or by calling our office. Our telemedicine platform is secure and HIPAA compliant.

Once scheduled, you will receive information on how to connect & join the visit using your laptop or desktop computer. To help prepare for the visit:

-Choose a well lit space
-Have a flashlight or even a cell phone flashlight available.
-A list of all current medications.
-Your child’s current temperature and weight.
-A list of concerns.
-Pharmacy name and location.

If during the virtual visit it is apparent that a test is required such as strep, urine, or flu, or if the provider needs to look at your child’s ear or listen to their lungs, we will schedule your child in the afternoon at the office location most convenient for you.

Once you arrive, call the number provided by the provider at the end of your virtual visit. Either the provider or nurse will come out to your vehicle, or have you meet them under the tent.  Providers and nurses will be in full protective personal equipment – PPE. These clinicians are not seeing well patients and do not come into contact with our wellness teams. Tests are performed in an outdoor isolated area.

Complimentary Virtual Prenatal Consultations 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all parents-to-be visit a pediatrician during the third trimester of pregnancy, as it is an important first step in establishing a trusted relationship and supportive medical home for their child.

Beansprout has always offered complimentary prenatal consultations and now with technology, we are pleased we can continue this virtually. The prenatal visit affords prospective parents an opportunity to learn about Beansprout Pediatrics, our approach to child healthcare and the newborn’s initial medical care during the early weeks after the delivery.

With everything going on currently, this consultation will put you at ease knowing that we have safeguards in place and a team of professionals that put patient care and safety first.

Live, Love & Grow with Beansprout Pediatrics!



Beansprout Pediatrics

Austin-Bee Cave
Spicewood
Dripping Springs

Beansprout and COVID-19 update

March 31, 2020

We hope that our Beansprout families are staying well!
We wanted to share a couple of things with you and keep you updated.

Telemedicine

We are offering Telemedicine visits 7 days a week!

A Virtual Visit is a great opportunity to discuss behavioral health (ADHD, anxiety, depression), for medication follow ups, and follow ups on chronic illnesses such as eczema, asthma, allergies, etc.

It is also a great way to ask questions about COVID, COVID testing, exposure and/or other concerns related to the virus.  We do not have an in-house test for COVID but can help direct you if testing is needed or coordinate care if your child needs to be seen.

In light of COVID on the forefront right now, we still have our seasonal illnesses such as allergies, eczema, conjunctivitis, strep throat… to name a few.

We are seeing all acute sick visits via telemedicine and your provider may coordinate next steps to have the patient come to a location for point of care curbside tests such as strep, flu or RSV.  We may also do curbside ear checks, lung checks, skin checks. Our goal is to maintain a safe, well environment for the infants and children coming into the office for their wellness exams. Our staff will also be in protective gear for safety reasons.

Wellness Visits

All 3 offices are open for newborn and wellness appointments each morning M-F. We are prioritizing well visits for 4 and younger, but can still see older children for well visits requiring vaccinations.  We will have screening questions the day of the appointment to make sure that the patient and everyone in the household is symptom free of any acute illness prior to being seen.

Well checks with immunizations are a vital part of your child’s health.  Vaccines prevent illness and spread of illness. With the world struggling with COVID-19 and all eyes and ears hoping for an expeditious vaccine, it made me think about the importance of the vaccines that we do have.  If patients get off track with regular immunizations, we could see a resurgence of vaccine preventable diseases.

Community Shout Out

Lastly, we  would like to thank our Beansprout families & the local community, we have seen amazing support, donations of supplies, homemade mask covers, treats and praise!

We are so lucky to be part of this special community and are honored to be the medical home for your children!   We hope for a return to normal practice soon! In the meantime, thank you for your patience with this new way to practice pediatrics!

A word from our providers: Do the #beansprout

March 17th Announcement

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Acute Sick Visits Must Be Seen First Via Virtual Visits
  2. Confirmation of Patient Health Before Appointments
  3. Limit to One Family Member accompanying Patients
  4. Alternative Appointment Waiting Areas

Virtual Visits & Curbside Check-in

Social Distancing & Virtual Visits

Beginning March 17th, in adherence to social distancing and minimizing exposure risk, ALL sick visits must start as a virtual visit with a provider. From there our providers will guide you and determine the next steps for your child’s healthcare. If a test or physical examination is required, a provider will arrange a visit at one of our clinics where our team can meet with you and your child out in the comfort of your family vehicle. In order to reduce risk of exposure, it is requested that only one caregiver and no siblings accompany your child to their appointment. We thank you for your understanding and for maintaining our community’s health during this time.

Virtual visits can be scheduled online and with our scheduling coordinators.

More information about our virtual visits (also known as Telemedicine) can be found here.

Curbside Visits & Check-in

If a physical visit is necessary and scheduled by a provider, drive to the office you are scheduled at and once parked, remain in your vehicle and contact the office you are scheduled at. This is a special number only for curbside visits. Any calls or questions regarding your child’s health and scheduling should be directed to our main line.

[This number is for car side check-in only]
Bee Cave  (512) 553-8877                     (Please Text)
Dripping Springs  (512) 610-7030; Ext 201# (Please Call)
Spicewood (512) 489-0256                     (Please Text)

                                                               In your  message, please include:

                                                              * Your child’s name & date of birth

                                                              * The color/model of your car

                                                              *  Location in parking lot

One of our team members will meet you at your car to examine your child and/or to escort you and your child into our office.
Again, it is requested that only one caregiver and that no siblings accompany patients during office visits at this time.

Call us with any questions or to schedule an appointment at: (512) 610-7030

COVID-19 Chat with Dr. Temple and Dr. Grant

Dr. Temple and Dr. Grant address concern about COVID-19 and our clinics’ policies at this time. For more information, see our Newsletter and keep up to date with the most current information over at the CDC website.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy. Together we can limit the spread of Coronavirus and see toilet paper on our shelves again once more.

Walk In Clinic Changes, COVID-19, and Renovations

*March 16th update: In adherence to social distancing and to minimize exposure risk to COVID-19, ALL sick visits are to now be scheduled as virtual visits. More information here*

[Original March 12th Post]

 

Helpful Resources

Coronavirus and Travel in the United States

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19

The CDC has the most up-to-date guidance on how to prevent or limit your exposure.

Information and resources for Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19

Upcoming Renovations and Office Closure

We are renovating our Bee Cave office during the month of March. In order to minimize disruption, we will be closing our Bee Cave office only during the week of Spring Break as well as Saturdays in March.

Please visit one of our other convenient locations
⦁ 20424 Haystack Cove, Spicewood TX (6 miles west on Hwy 71)
⦁ 2440 E. Highway 290, Dripping Springs TX
Call to schedule an appointment 512.610.7030
Or schedule online www.beansproutpediatrics.com

 

Bee Cave Closure Dates:
Saturday Sick Clinic (moved to Spicewood location)
⦁ 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28
LTISD Spring Break
⦁ Friday 3/13 – Monday 3/23

Please visit one of our other convenient locations
⦁ 20424 Haystack Cove, Spicewood TX (6 mi west on Hwy 71)
⦁ 2440 E. Highway 290, Dripping Springs TX

Call to schedule an appointment 512.610.7030
Or schedule online www.beansproutpediatrics.com

March 2020 Newsletter



February 2020 Newsletter

Ear Piercing Services


Did you know that Beansprout Pediatrics provides ear piercing services in addition to our regular health services? Give us a call to learn more about getting your child’s ears pierced at (512) 610-7030 !


Availability is as follows:

Bee Cave w/ Courtney Heck: Tuesday-Friday
Bee Cave w/ Jennifer Loaiza: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Dripping Springs w/Jennifer Loaiza: Friday

The Art of the Flu Shot

Welcome Dr. Ashley Cox!

We are so excited to welcome Dr. Ashley Cox! Dr. Cox is a board-certified pediatrician that has been practicing medicine for the past 11 years with Texas Children’s in Houston. We could not be more pleased that she chose to join us and to become part of our wonderful community.  Dr. Cox will be accepting new patients as of June 3rd at both our Bee Cave and Dripping Springs locations and will be the primary physician at our third location in Spicewood opening this fall.

Congratulations Danielle Grant, M.D.

BEST AUSTIN DOCTORS 2019

Beansprouts very own Dr. Grant was nominated and selected by other physicians as among the best in the region in her medical specialty, Pediatrics! Beansprouts is honored to have such talented staff

Walk-in Sick Clinic Bee Cave & Dripping Springs!

We offer a walk-in, sick only clinic for our established patients every weekday morning between the hours of 8:00am – 9:00am.  Both office locations.  For same-day sick appointments call prior to 12:00pm.

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Beansprout After Hours Bee Cave

Mon-Thu 5 – 7pm, Fri 5 – 6pm & Saturdays 8am-12pm for sick patients by appointment only. For urgent matters outside these hours, call our office. Evenings and Saturdays!

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Beansprout Pediatrics Dripping Springs!

Beansprout Pediatrics Dripping Springs.  We are located next to Flores Mexican Restaurant on highway 290, just  4 miles west of Belterra.  Our Dripping Springs location is convenient to families living off Hamilton Pool Road or in Oak Hill, Circle C, Wimberly & Buda. We offer same day sick visits with seperate well – infant – sick waiting areas.