As of January 1, 2016, Ridgefield Pediatric Associates will require a formal Permission Form from parents/legal guardians giving permission for a designated individual to accompany a minor when being seen in the office. Minors are children under the age of 18 years of age. >> Learn more
Download the form here.
Jane Brotanek, MD is still with us!
A month ago, many of our patients received a letter from UnitedHealthCare stating that Dr. Brotanek will no longer be a participating provider at Ridgefield Pediatrics.
This was a computer clitch in the UnitedHealthCare System and is not at all accurate.
Dr. Brotanek is at Ridgefield Pediatrics and plans to be here for many years to come! We apologize for the confusion and have asked UnitedHealthCare to send a letter to those 500 patients that were sent the original letter.
We also sent out an email blast in hopes to capture the patients in our system. We appreciate our patients spreading the word that she is here and not going anywhere!
2015-16 FLU VACCINES
We are now scheduling flu vaccine appointments.
In an effort to schedule convenient times for our parents, we have flu clinics scheduled after school and on Saturdays by appointment.
This year we will offer flu and flumist.
Please remember that we will vaccinate parents at the same time as their children! If you are interested, you need to make your appointment when scheduling one for your child.
RPA will start offering flu shots the first week in October. This protects children through the winter months. Any questions, please ask our staff.
For more information, please refer to these Vaccine Information Sheets from the CDC with more details:
Serogroup B Meningoccal Vaccine
Ridgefield Pediatrics is offering the new Meningoccal Vaccine to our patients who meet the risk categories.
Meningococcal Disease is a serious illness caused by a bacteria that can lead to an infection of the lining in the brain and spinal cord. Meningococcal disease often strikes without warning - even people who are otherwise healthy. There are many different types of bacteria called “serogroups” that cause most meningococcal disease and the serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine can help prevent meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B. Other meningococcal vaccines are recommended to help against serogroups A, C, W and Y.
Some insurance companies are covering this new vaccine and some are very plan specific. For this reason we are asking our parents to check with their insurance company to find out if this particular Serogroup B Meningoccal Vaccine – brand name “Bexsero” - is covered under your child’s plan. The Insurance Code is 90620. If not, the cost of the series including administration fee is $460 (2 doses one month apart.)
If you have any questions regarding this vaccine, please call our office and the nursing staff will help answer your questions.
RPA welcomes Jessica Flutie to the practice!
Ridgefield Pediatric Associates is pleased to welcome Jessica Flutie, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC, as a new provider.
Jessica works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in addition to assisting us with our weekend coverage. She enjoys working with children of all ages and looks forward to meeting you. If you would like to set up a meet and greet with her, please call our reception desk at 203-438-9557, and they can assist you with an appointment.
RPA Welcomes Third-Year Medical Students!
We like it when our patients and their families compliment us for the quality care we provide. We work hard to gain their trust!
Now we have received another accolade- the Frank H. Netter Medical School at Quinnipiac University selected our practice as a training site for their third-year students.
Being recognized by such a distinguished institution as a site providing high level of care makes us proud of our staff and strengthens our commitment to our families.
We are pleased to inform you that we are now participants in the Connecticare Exchange Plan. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and hope you will consider us as your primary care provider in 2015!
Enterovirus D68 Update
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about Enterovirus D68. There is no simple test to determine if your child has E-D68. The presence of this particular strain of Enterovirus can only be confirmed by the CDC. Any chid who is sick and has severe respiratory symptoms, especially trouble breathing, even if they do not have a fever, should be promptly examined to determine what treatment is needed. >>Click here to read more.
A Letter to Our Patients About Medical Billing
Health insurance is very complicated. At our practice, we deal with health insurance all the time and even for us, it gets to be very complicated sometimes. Many times on surveys, parents comment on billing issues that are out of our control and because the surveys are done anonymously, we cannot call the parent back to explain. For this reason, with all the changes that have happened as part of Health Care Reform, it seems a good time for us to explain medical billing to our patients. >> Click here to read our letter.
IMPORTANT MMR (Measles) Update
Click here for information from Ridgefield Pediatrics about MMR vaccination recommendations.
"Watching Your Infant Grow! "
Ridgefield Pediatrics is interested in educating parents in the community about pediatric topics that are important for parents making decisions about their children’s health and family well-being. In order to meet these goals, our providers address pediatric topics with parents on a daily basis. If you have specific areas that you would like addressed, please email us or feel free to arrange an appointment with any of our experienced providers.
Dr. Eitan Kilchevsky has addressed our first topic, "Infant Nutrition-Breastfeeding."
He is the former Director of the Center for Breastfeeding at Danbury Hospital, he is a Neonatologist with over twenty five years of experience and is currently practicing at Ridgefield Pediatric Associates.
>>Click here to read "Infant Nutrition-Breastfeeding"
NEED A GIFT? Consider giving an ear piercing certificate!
Ridgefield Pediatrics has gift certificates for Ear Piercings!
The cost is $70.00.
Your child needs to be a patient at RPA.
For more information, please ask our receptionist at 203-438-9557.
Children's ID Program
Ridgefield Pediatrics and New York Life sponsored a free Children’s ID Program!
The program was well attended by children in the community. Parents walked away with Free ID Cards with their picture, finger prints, and other identifiable information in a case of an emergency! We look forward to offering this program again in 2014!
It's tick season! Read A Discussion on Lyme Disease by Dr. Jane Brotanek.
june 15, 2013
We are very excited to offer Impact Testing in our office. This software tool is designed to diagnose and manage concussions for our patients age 10 years and older. >>read more
MORE NEWS …
Dr. Brotanek's monthly series of articles designed to educate parents on children’s issues. >> read more
Fun Food Facts!
Drink water instead of sugary drinks!
Water: 8 ounces = 0 grams of sugar
Orange juice: 8 ounces = 21 grams of sugar
Vegetable juice: 8 ounces = 8 grams of sugar
Orange soda: 8 ounces = 30 grams of sugar
All the pictures on our website are pictures of our staff and our patients doing what we love to do! We thank Peggy Garbus, our photographer!