Breaking News-Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) including updated COVID vaccine information

Updated on 03/7/2021

Our state of Colorado "safer at home" order for COVID-19 exempts outpatient doctor offices and permits and encourages patients to seek medical care for anything you consider important, including routine checkups/physicial; furthermore, getting your medical care at your medical home (ie. our office) keeps people out of the hospitals, which are experiencing the stress of COVID-19.  We are following the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP) recommendations by:  modifying our operations to keep well and sick patients separate, having separate exam rooms for well and sick patients, utilizing Telehealth when appropriate, and  performing limited COVID-19 testing in our offices.  All physicals are important and should be kept on schedule to help prevent vaccine-preventable diseases We agree with the AAP and encourage families to keep their children current on their routine physical/vaccine schedules.  Anything you consider important for your child's continued good health is important to us and we are able to accommodate you at this time!

Given the current concerns with COVID 19, and in order to better care for your child, we ask that you please inform us before you come to our offices if you have concerns that your child was exposed to, or may have COVID 19, or direct exposure to someone with the disease. 

Our goal is to provide patients and their parents with the lowest risk of exposure to COVID 19 in our offices.  We therefore are providing phone triage and further direction as needed for patients who have either been exposed or may have been exposed to COVID 19.  Furthermore, to retain the confidence and maintain the safety of our patients, and by enacting recommendations of the CDC and our state and local health departments, each office, in slightly different ways, are keeping well and non-sick patients separate from sick patients.  At our Highlands Ranch office, this means a separate entrance and waiting areas for our well check and other non-sick patients, and our main waiting room for sick patients.  At our Ken Caryl office, this means dividing the day between well and non-sick visits in the morning and sick in the afternoon.  Masks are given in the waiting room for patients with respiratory conditions, and rooms are segregated by location and/or time of day between well and sick patients, with frequent cleaning of surfaces.  Our staff have special N-95 masks to protect themselves from getting sick so we can continue to provide care.  Regular masks have been shown to help prevent the spread of germs from the sick patient; N-95 masks do that plus offer protection to the wearer.  Please call before your scheduled visit if you have any other questions or need further explanation.  We are here to serve!

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution  Following updated guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Children’s Hospital Colorado is preparing to vaccinate patients eligible in Phases 1B.3 and 1B.4 of the State’s distribution plan. We continue to advocate for inclusion of additional high risk conditions that impact children and young adults. As of March 1, 2021, available COVID-19 vaccines are only authorized for use in people 16 years of age and older. Phase 1B.3 CDPHE’s guidance states that patients with two or more of the following conditions will be eligible for vaccination starting in Phase 1B.3. Phase 1B.3 eligible conditions • Cancer: Patients who are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer • Chronic kidney disease: Patients with renal failure or chronic renal insufficiency, patients dependent on dialysis. Examples of chronic kidney diseases include nephrotic syndrome, glomerular disorders, and tubular or interstitial renal disease • COPD: This may include patients with chronic respiratory failure, patients with chronic lung disease, patients who depend on a ventilator or BIPAP machine to breathe. • Diabetes mellitus: Patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, patients with diabetes as a result of another condition • Down syndrome • Heart conditions: Patients with heart failure, cardiomyopathy, coronary heart disease, congenital heart disease, and valvular heart disease. May also include patients with pulmonary hypertension. • Obesity: Patients with a diagnosis of obesity, with a body mass index (BMI) ≥30 for adults, or with a BMI ≥95 percentile for age for children • Sickle cell disease • Pregnancy: Pregnant patients were not included in COVID-19 vaccine trials, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends pregnant patients be offered access to COVID-19 vaccination and encourages them to talk with their doctor about the benefits and risks of vaccination. • Solid organ transplant: Patients with solid organ transplant including heart, kidney, liver, and lung transplants. • Unable to wear a mask: This may include patients with intellectual disability, some patients with autism spectrum disorders, some patients with significant neurological or developmental impairment related to cerebral palsy or genetic disorders, and some patients with psychiatric disorders that make them unable to wear a mask. • Disabilities that require direct care in the home 13 Phase 1B.4 CDPHE’s guidance states that patients with any one condition listed in Phase 1B.3 above or any one condition from the expanded Phase 1B.4 list below will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. All Phase 1B.3 conditions are included as eligible conditions for Phase 1B.4. Phase 1B.4 eligible conditions • Moderate or severe asthma • Cerebrovascular disease: Patients who have had a stroke or have another condition affecting the blood vessels in their brain • Cystic fibrosis • Hypertension or high blood pressure • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system): This includes patients who are immunocompromised from a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, patients with a primary immune deficiency, and people living with HIV. This also includes patients taking medications that suppress the immune system such as moderate or high dose steroids and other immune-modulating medications that may be used to treat rheumatologic conditions, auto-immune diseases, inflammatory bowel disease and some neurologic conditions. • Neurologic conditions: This may include patients with seizure disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and inherited metabolic and genetic disorders that affect the brain and nervous system. This group may also include patients who have had a spinal cord injury or severe traumatic brain injury, patients with hydrocephalus, and patients with significant intellectual disability or developmental delay. • Liver disease: This includes patients with chronic hepatitis from an infection, autoimmune, or inflammatory process as well as patients with fibrosis of the liver or chronic liver disease from other causes. • Pulmonary fibrosis • Thalassemia  

Also below is a link where you can go and find a vaccine location and make an appointment. Vaccines are now available at many retail pharmacies, and this link is continuously updated.
 

Flu Shots

We have completed giving preservative-free injectable flu vaccine for those eligible patients ages 6 months and older for the 2020-2021 flu season at both our Highlands Ranch and Ken Caryl offices, and we anticipate having the same for the upcoming fall/winter 2021/2022 flu season.  PLEASE check this website in the fall and CALL OUR OFFICES TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE FLU VACCINE AS SAFETY RESTRICTIONS PREVENT US FROM ALLOWING WALK-IN FLU SHOT ADMINISTRATION.  ALSO, PLEASE WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE WELL BEFORE SCHEDULING YOUR FLU SHOT.  Both the CDC and the AAP emphasize the importance of receiving a flu vaccine for the upcoming 2022-2022 season to keep as many people out of the hospitals as possible. Thank you!

Welcome Nicole Stutzman, MD

Littleton Pediatric Medical Center is excited to announce the addition of Nicole Stutzman, M.D. to our group this summer upon the retirement of Richard Rosenbaum, M.D. from our group.  Dr. Stutzman is a native of Colorado.  She attended the University of Colorado for medical school.  She is currently completing her pediatric residency with a concentration in primary care in Philadelphia at St. Christopher's Hospital.  Dr. Stutzman and her husband, who is also a Colorado native, are excited to return to Colorado!

 

Welcome Stacy Ostapko, MD

Littleton Pediatric Medical Center is excited to announce the addition of Stacy Ostapko, M.D. to our group this fall.  Dr. Ostapko is a native of New York.  She attended SUNY Upstate Medical University for her MD degree.  She  completed her pediatric internship and residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School Children's Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.  She has been in private pediatric practice in the south suburbs of Denver for over three years.  Dr. Ostapko, her husband, and two children love all that the Colorado outdoors has to offer!