Category: News

Skip the Wait: Login Online, to our Website or to our Patient Portal

With the unprecedented number of #pediatric illnesses we’re seeing this fall, calls to the offices have increased dramatically. And phone wait times are increasing too.

Skip The Wait by reaching out to us online, on the website or on the Patient Portal for non-emergent issues. You can make an appointment: https://lakeforestpediatrics.com/appointments/ or a sick call appointment: https://lakeforestpediatrics.com/morning-sick-calls/ on the website.  Request lab results and prescription refills on our Patient Portal: https://myhealthrecord.com/Portal/SSO. If you need to speak with a team member, you can request that on the Patient Portal too and we’ll call you back.

We are doing our best to address everyone’s concerns and appreciate your understanding. If you call the offices and find yourself on hold, please DO NOT hang up as you will lose your place in line. When you call back again later, you will be at the end of the line.

Dr. Chou’s Retirement

We wish to share the news that Dr. Cynthia Chou is retiring. Her last day at the office will be November 4th.

Joining Lake Forest Pediatrics in September of 1999, Dr. Chou has provided great care to her patients. We wish her well and hope she enjoys more time with her family.

Dr. Chou may have already spoken with you, or you may have received a letter from us in the mail, but please know that we wish to avoid any possible interruptions in your child’s care. On our “Meet Our Providers” page, you may find brief bios of other members of our practice. Each are Board Certified in Pediatrics and are on-staff at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital, and all are dedicated to delivering the best care that every person deserves.

Please feel free to let our front office staff know which physician you would like to see at your next visit. Should your insurance plan require you to select a primary care physician, you may inform them of which physician you have chosen, effective 11/5/21.

If you have any questions or if you need anything, please contact our office at 847-295-1220.

Thank you for the continued privilege of providing care for your child.

 

 

Flu Clinics Scheduled

The influenza (flu) season starts in the fall and usually ends in the spring. The illness is most frequently seen in preschool or school-aged children and usually lasts a week or two. Because the flu is caused by a respiratory virus, it can spread rapidly, causing symptoms such as a sudden fever, chills and body shakes, headache, body aches, tiredness, sore throat, dry hacking cough, stuffy runny nose, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. In addition, the virus can spread when children touch a contaminated hard surface and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. There can be serious complications, even death, from the flu. However, because of the flu vaccine, these complications are less common.

Lake Forest Pediatric Associates and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an annual influenza vaccination for children 6 months and older, with rare exceptions. Call us for an appointment at 847-295-1220. Children 6 months – 8 years will need two vaccine doses given at least four weeks apart while older children will only need one dose. Got questions? Call us at 847-295-1220 and read about it from Healthy Children here: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/The-Flu.aspx.

Lake Forest Pediatric Associates October Flu Clinic Schedule

Saturday, 10/9/21, Lindenhurst – 8:00-12:00pm

Thursday, 10/14/21, Lake Bluff – 1:30-4:45pm

Friday, 10/15/21, Lindenhurst – 1:30-4:45pm

Tuesday, 10/19/21, Lindenhurst – 3:30-6:30pm

Thursday, 10/28/21, Vernon Hills – 1:30-4:45pm

Saturday, 10/30/21, Lindenhurst – 8:00-12:00pm

Additional Flu Clinics will be added to the schedule at a later date. Call our team at 847-295-1220 to make your child’s Flu Clinic appointment.

Good News: Flu Vaccines are Available!

Flu vaccine appointments are now available at all three Lake Forest Pediatric Associates offices.

We’ve started receiving our flu vaccine shipments a little earlier this year than usual and our front desk is now able to start booking your child for their annual flu shots. Please note that supplies may be limited at this time, but we’ll continue to receive flu vaccine shipments every week until our order has been fulfilled.

Now is the time to schedule your child’s flu vaccine appointment. Please call the office at 847-295-1220.

Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program

At this time, we do not have the Vaccines For Children (VFC) flu vaccine yet. We will make an announcement when those shipments begin to arrive.

Happy Labor Day!

All of us at Lake Forest Pediatric Associates wish you a very Happy Labor Day weekend!

We are here to serve you, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day! 847-295-1220

Labor Day Office Hours

On Labor Day, Monday, September 6th, our Lake Bluff office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to Noon for urgent care only. No walk-in sick call will be available. On Labor Day starting at 8:00 a.m., call us at 847-295-1220 to make an urgent care appointment for your child. Our Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills offices will be closed on Labor Day.

Dr. Krissberg’s Retirement

We wish to share the news that Dr. Allen Krissberg has announced his retirement. He will be hanging up his stethoscope on 9/3/21.

Joining Lake Forest Pediatrics in August of 1981, Dr. Krissberg has been an adored physician at our practice. He was president of the group for 21 years, until 2016, and oversaw the practice grow from 1 office and 6 providers to what it is today. We wish him well and hope he enjoys more time with his family.

Dr. Krissberg may have already spoken with you, or you may have received a letter from us in the mail, but please know that we wish to avoid any possible interruptions in your child’s care. On our “Meet Our Providers” page, you may find brief bios of other members of our practice. Each are Board Certified in Pediatrics and are on-staff at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital, and all are dedicated to delivering the best care that every person deserves.

Please feel free to let our front office staff know which physician you would like to see at your next visit. Should your insurance plan require you to select a primary care physician, you may inform them of which physician you have chosen, effective 6/21/21.

If you have any questions or if you need anything, please contact our office at 847-295-1220.

Thank you for the continued privilege of providing care for your child.

 

 

Independence Day and Monday Holiday Office Hours

 

Happy Fourth of July weekend! As always, we are here to serve you!

 

Office Hours on Sunday, July 4th and Monday, July 5th (Holiday)

Lake Bluff Office – Open from 8:00 am – Noon

Urgent care only (no walk-in sick call)

Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills offices will be closed.

Call us at 847-295-1220 at 8:00 am on Independence Day for urgent care appointments only.

 

Please Note:

Lindenhurst Office – Closed

Vernon Hills Office – Closed

Return of Morning Sick Call, Monday 6/14

We’re pleased to announce the return of our morning sick call, Monday 6/14!

 

Just as it was pre-pandemic, this will be an opportunity for you to bring your sick child into the office between the hours of 8am and 9am, on a first come, first served basis.

 

Please know that morning sick call will not be exactly the same as it was before. Please do not walk into the office/waiting room to be added to the sick call queue, please instead wait in your vehicle and follow the below process in order for us to maintain pre-visit screening.

 

The new steps:

1.   As you arrive in the parking lot of our office, please click on our website and click the button (or follow this link) “Morning Sick Call

2.   Fill in your child’s name

3.   Fill in your child’s date of birth

4.   Select which office you’re at from the drop-down menu

5.   Enter the best phone number we can currently reach you at

6.   Submit the form. You are now in the waiting queue.

 

Our front desk staff or nursing staff will receive that sick call request in real time and will contact you shortly. They will then call and review your child’s symptoms (as they would during a normally scheduled sick appointment).

 

When the nursing staff is ready for you to be seen, they will direct you to meet them at the sick entrance door. Please wait in your vehicle until they let you know you are ready to be seen.

 

Farewell to Dr. Ashley

It is with bittersweet feelings that we announce Dr. Doug Ashley will be leaving Lake Forest Pediatrics on 6/20/21.

Joining Lake Forest Pediatrics back in 2000, Dr. Ashley has been a beloved physician at our practice. He has been a selfless provider for many families, a wonderful colleague, and an international superstar, taking annual medical mission trips abroad to care for patients in rural clinics.

Dr. Ashley will be shifting his focus in the medical field from patient care to a medical safety role and we wish him nothing but the best.

Dr. Ashley may have already spoken with you, or you may have received a letter from us in the mail, but please know that we wish to avoid any possible interruptions in your child’s care. On our “Meet Our Providers” page, you may find brief bios of other members of our practice. Each are Board Certified in Pediatrics and are on-staff at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital, and all are dedicated to delivering the best care that every person deserves.

Please feel free to let our front office staff know which physician you would like to see at your next visit. Should your insurance plan require you to select a primary care physician, you may inform them of which physician you have chosen, effective 6/21/21.

If you have any questions or if you need anything, please contact our office at 847-295-1220.

Thank you for the continued privilege of providing care for your child.

 

 

Our full and original post may be found here: https://lakeforestpediatrics.com/farewell-to-dr-ashley/

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