We all know that winter in Northern Minnesota can be downright brutal. That’s why it’s important to take extra care in keeping our loved ones safe. From making sure our children have dressed appropriately for the bus, to knowing what the signs of frostbite and hyperthermia are, pediatrician Dr. Lauren Lundstrom has some important winter health reminders to prepare you and your children for the winter season.
Kids are constantly growing. As they age and hit new milestones, it is important to keep an eye on their growth and development. A yearly well-child visit with your provider should be a must. This measurement of their progress and overall health will keep your child, and the rest of your family, happy and healthy. Both pediatricians and family medicine providers can provide care for patients ages 0-18. Family medicine is a great option for overall care for everyone in the family. Pediatricians specialize in the care of children and teens. In some cases, a family medicine provider will consult with a pediatrician.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can affect a child’s ability to communicate, play, and participate in family and school activities. According to the Autism Society, it is estimated that one out of 59 children is diagnosed with ASD in the U.S. The difficulties ASD children face may differ, but they can all find help through rehabilitation therapy. At Fairview Range, a team of rehab specialists can improve everyday life for children with ASD.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Fairview Mesaba Clinics will move to a “virtual first” patient care model effective Tuesday, March 31.
During this time, Fairview Mesaba Clinics in Nashwauk and Mt. Iron will be temporarily closed, with in-person care being transitioned to the Fairview Mesaba Clinic-Hibbing location.
There will be no in-person care in the Mt. Iron and Nashwauk Fairview Mesaba Clinic locations.
In addition, Fairview Range JobCare and Chiropractic services at Fairview Plaza will not be offered at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with our patients and community partners once these services are available again.
Patients who have an already-scheduled appointment will be contacted with more information about whether their appointment will take place in-person or via a virtual care option. Patients requiring in-person appointments will be seen at the Fairview Mesaba Clinic-Hibbing location.
“The health and safety of our patients, staff and community is paramount,” said Patrick Sharp, Fairview Range President and CEO. “Like many healthcare facilities, we are reserving face-to-face visits for urgent conditions and using advanced virtual-care technologies to meet the needs of patients with less urgent conditions.”
Fairview Mesaba Clinic patients will continue to receive care through alternative options, including E-visits and secure messaging to their providers through MyChart; telephone visits; video visits; and OnCare.org – a 24/7 online clinic, in which patients meet virtually with a provider from the comfort and safety of their own homes while receiving the same quality care they’ve come to expect during an in-person visit.
“Delivering most care virtually allows for appropriate social distancing while maintaining a small core of healthcare workers on site,” said Sharp, “We are urging patients to call 218-362-6682 for assistance before coming in so that we can assess their condition.”
"Our Fairview Range team has really done a great job in preparing for this,” continues Sharp. “I want to let our patients know we are here to provide their care. It may be a little different than what they're used to but we stand ready to provide the same high-quality, personal care throughout this challenging time," said Sharp.
Fairview Range continues to strongly encourage patients, their families, and community members to take everyday precautions to protect against respiratory illnesses caused by COVID-19, the flu and the common cold.
Choosing a primary care provider is a great step in a healthy direction. But Fairview offers three types of providers: family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Which one is right for you and your family? Let’s break each one down.
Halloween is right around the corner — and with it bags upon bags of goodies. But what about those Elsas and Avengers who have allergies? What is okay to serve so everyone can go home happy? With 8% of kids having food allergies these days, it’s 100% something to consider.