Acton Medical Announcements

 

COVID-19 Convenience Testing Unavailable

Due to overwhelming Telehealth needs and COVID-related changes, we are no longer able to provide a doctor’s order for convenience testing. Convenience testing is a non-clinical service, and includes COVID-19 tests for traveling out-of-state, returning back into state, and college entry requirements. Convenience tests are available from Mass.gov. Click here to use the “COVID-19 test site locater” and filter by “referral not required.”

COVID-19 tests at Acton Medical are still available by appointment for patients with symptoms, or those who have had documented contact. Click here for that list of symptoms from the Centers for Diseases Control.


 

November 18, 2020

 

Navigating the New Normal after Maternity Leave – December 9

An Open Discussion with Dr. Jasmin Darling

Free Service Courtesy of First Connections of Acton

 

 

Join Dr. Jasmin Darling, Acton Medical Pediatrician, on December 9 at 1:00 PM as she leads an open discussion with the New Moms Group of the non-profit organization, First Connections in Acton, MA.

Dr. Darling, who recently returned to work after having her second child, will talk about Navigating the New

Normal after Maternity Leave during this free community service for new moms. The group is held virtually and hosted by First Connections. All participation is private and secure.

Email PatientRelations@actonmedical.com for a link to join this free virtual session on December 9.

We’re accepting new Pediatric patients! Click here for more information.


 

November 11, 2020

Our Commitment to Safety and Health & Wellness During COVID-19

Acton Medical’s top priority is the safety, and health & wellness of our patients and hard-working staff.

It’s a pleasure to offer services at all three of our locations during COVID-19, although it has affected our ability to conduct business as usual.

Due to overwhelming demand for in-person and telehealth visits, wait times for phone calls and appointments have significantly increased.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, and are actively recruiting for new staff while our teams work hard to accommodate the needs of our Adult and Pediatric patients as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

 Thank you to our patients, staff, and the community for your flexibility, donations, and continued support.

 


October 21, 2020

 

Boost the Immune System with Food, Podcast

Featuring Acton Medical’s Liz Berman, Registered Dietitian 

 

Acton Medical’s Liz Berman, RDN, LDN, recently met with Emerson Hospital’s HealthWorks team to talk about the connection between food and the immune system.

Liz shares her healthy suggestions for the whole family, they’re kid-friendly and fun too. She also talks about foods for people who have a cold or flu or COVID-like symptoms, and much more!

 Click here to visit the HealthWorks podcast page then scroll down to click on “How to Boost Your Immune System – With Food.”

We hope you enjoy the podcast. Email PatientRelations@actonmedical.com for more information.

 

 


October 14, 2020

 

Three Common Questions from Parents of Teens During COVID-19

Advice from Acton Medical’s Behavioral Health Team

 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teenagers may be having an especially difficult time navigating a lot of new emotions created by COVID-19 over the past seven months. An article from the AAP in March advised readers that “Feeling depressed, hopeless, anxious, or angry during the COVID-19 pandemic may be signs that an adolescent needs more support during this difficult time.”

Acton Medical’s Behavioral Health team is pleased to share three of the most common behavioral health questions we’ve heard from the parents of teens during COVID-19.

Our team supports many families focused on mental health during the pandemic, and at all times, by providing behavioral health services that help teenagers regain and maintain emotional well-being while meeting the unique needs of each individual family.

Click here to access the three questions with answers from our Behavioral Health team.

 

 

 

— Safe Care Promise —

Acton Medical Associates is dedicated to the safety and good health of our patients, team members, and the community.

It’s our promise to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do so that all of our patients receive the highest quality care in a clean and comfortable environment.

We partner closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure the strictest of safety guidelines are met in all of our locations.

 


September 28, 2020

 

COVID-19 and Back-to-School Advice

from the American Academy of Pediatrics

 

The AAP recently shared two new resources to help families navigate the different scenarios they and their children may encounter while going back to school during COVID-19. Please use the links below to access each one-page guide created by the AAP.

– Decision Tree: Used by Mass. pediatric providers (e.g. school nurses, pediatricians, nurses) to decide when students (preK-12) can return to school after exposure to a positive case, having COVID-like symptoms, or both. Click here for the document.  

– FAQs About School Reopening and COVID: The AAP shares some of the most common questions that pediatricians have heard from parents, click here.

 

Acton Medical is accepting new pediatric patients, click here to learn more. 

 


September 24, 2020

 

Acton Medical’s First Drive-thru Flu Clinic Opened September 13

Thank you to our dedicated staff who work tirelessly to provide patients with high quality and convenient care!

Acton Medical is pleased to have opened our first ever Drive-thru Flu Clinic on Sunday, September 13 and Sunday, September 20. More than 400 patients have received flu shots at the drive-thru clinics. Our teams have gone above and beyond to staff the clinics, and patients were heard praising the convenience and safety of this service. Not only that, staff and patients of all ages were seen laughing and having fun while coming through the clinic.

 

“I am so proud to work with such a great group of staff who continue to do a phenomenal job every day for our patients!” –Dawn O’Reilly, Director of Nursing, Acton Medical Associates —

 

Thank you to our hard working teams!

The group photo includes, left to right in the back row, Janice Gerry, Julie Fuertes, Melissa MacMaster, Nicole Barbetta, Felicia Levesque, Jillian Nicewicz, and Rhiannon Shelton. In the front row are Danielle Thibodeau and Gaelle Aristil.

The second photo includes, left to right, Julie Fuertes, Jillian Nicewicz, Janice Gerry, Melissa MacMaster, and Stephen Rubio.


September 22, 2020

 

 

 

— Safe Care Promise —

Acton Medical Associates is dedicated to the safety and good health of our patients, team members, and the community.

It’s our promise to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do so that all of our patients receive the highest quality care in a clean and comfortable environment.

We partner closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure the strictest of safety guidelines are met in all of our locations.

 


September 11, 2020

 

Now Hiring for Temporary Administrative Positions

Positive Attitude and Great Customer Service Required

 

Temporary help needed for administrative positions in our busy primary care practice. This is an opportunity to learn basic business skills in an active primary care medical practice.

Candidates must enjoy interacting with the public, both in person and on the phone. Great customer service and positive attitude required, along with excellent communication and organizational skills. Flexible hours. Pay is $13.50 per hour. Must be at least 16 years old.

 

Click here to visit our Careers Portal and apply today. 

 

 

 

— Safe Care Promise —

Acton Medical Associates is dedicated to the safety and good health of our patients, team members, and the community.

It’s our promise to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do so that all of our patients receive the highest quality care in a clean and comfortable environment.

We partner closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure the strictest of safety guidelines are met in all of our locations.

 


 

September 1, 2020

 

Living With a Cognitive Impairment Diagnosis

a Resource for Patients and their Loved Ones

by Acton Medical Associates’ Behavioral Health Team

 

After receiving a diagnosis of cognitive impairment, a patient or their loved one may be wondering what resources are available to help.

Acton Medical’s Behavioral Health Team created a guide to help families navigate the major areas of life that may be impacted by a diagnosis of cognitive impairment.

Click here to view and print our five-page guide, “Living with a Cognitive Impairment Diagnosis.”

We hope this Cognitive Impairment resource is helpful. Please feel free to contact us with questions.

 

 

 

 

 


August 26, 2020

 

Top 3 Summer Snacks to Make with Kids

from Liz Berman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Acton Medical 

 

Many parents are often looking for healthy snacks that are also fun to make with their kids, especially during social distancing due to COVID-19.

As such, we’re pleased to present our “Top 3 Summer Snacks to Make With Kids” video from Liz Berman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Acton Medical. Liz walks viewers through three fun and easy snack recipes for families to enjoy making together.

Click here to download and keep the recipes that Liz mentions in the video too!

Striving for outstanding health services, our complimentary Nutrition videos, Workshops (virtual during COVID-19), and other resources are provided throughout the year to help patients and their families lead healthy and happy lifestyles.

 

 

 


August 14, 2020

 

Top 7 Questions: COVID-19 Testing

Most Common Questions Heard at Acton Medical

 

Acton Medical continues to receive many questions about COVID-19 tests. Patients want to know how the test is performed and what to do while waiting for results. Since people can be tested for COVID-19 for a few different reasons, advisement about what to do when waiting for test results varies based on the purpose behind the test.

 

Our COVID-19 Task Force documented the most common testing questions we hear from our patients and created a quick guide with answers, Top 7 Questions: COVID-19 Testing.

Click here to access the guide. 

 


 

July 21, 2020

 

The Science of Masks

How They Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Protect Lives

 

Scott F. Paparello, D.O. is an Adult Medicine physician at Acton Medical, and the head of Infection Control at Emerson Hospital. He recently sat down with Emerson to talk about the science of face masks including:

  • How masks help flatten the curve
  • N95s – they’re meant to protect the healthcare worker
  • Face masks with valves – not ideal recommendation to prevent spread

Click here to listen to the podcast.

 

 

 

 

Safe Care Promise

Acton Medical Associates is dedicated to the safety and good health of our
patients, team members, and the community.

It’s our promise to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do so that all of our patients
receive the highest quality care in a clean and comfortable environment.
We partner closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure
the strictest of safety guidelines are met in all of our locations.

 

 


July 14, 2020

 

Acton Medical Welcomes Anush Sahakian, M.D.

Now Accepting New Adult Medicine Patients – Call (978) 635-8700

 

Dr. Sahakian is thrilled to join Acton Medical after working as a PCP and adult hospitalist physician at several facilities in Massachusetts. She is a tireless advocate for her patients and enjoys building long-term relationships with them.

She believes that prevention is the key to good health and good health is the foundation of a happy life. Her goal is to help each of her patients live the healthiest life possible.

Outside of work, Dr. Sahakian loves spending time with her family and friends, playing board games, baking, reading, and creative writing. In her free time she also enjoys judging high school debate tournaments and history bowl competitions, for which she is regularly volunteered by her younger son.

 

EDUCATION

  • B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder 2000
  • M.P.H. University of Colorado School of Public Health 2009
  • M.D. St. George’s University School of Medicine 2013

 

TRAINING

  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Brighton, MA

 

CERTIFICATION

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

 


 

July 13, 2020

Ear Piercing Now Available

Pediatric Ear Piercing Service Reopens for Appointments

 

Acton Medical Pediatrics is pleased to announce that our ear piercing services are now available again. Please call Pediatrics to schedule an appointment, (978) 635-8914.

Patients having their ears pierced at Acton Medical receive
care from a pediatric provider in our medical office before, during, and after the procedure.

14-carat gold earrings are included, choice of three different colors. We use the Studex medical ear piercing system which includes individual piercing cartridges sterilized in advance and disposed of after every use.

Click here to read more about our ear piercing service, including helpful quick facts and cost.

 

 


 

July 8, 2020

Now Hiring – Join Our Team

Clinical and Non-clinical Roles – Signing Bonus

 

We’re hiring!

Clinical and non-clinical roles are open with our Internal Medicine and Pediatrics teams. Signing bonus available!

Click below to learn more and apply.

 

Safe Care Promise

Acton Medical Associates is dedicated to the safety and good health of our patients, team members, and the community.

It’s our promise to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do so that all of our patients receive the highest quality care in a clean and comfortable environment.

We partner closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure the strictest of safety guidelines are met in all of our locations.

 

 


 

 

June 23, 2020

 

What to Do While Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

Tested Positive? Answer the DPH’s Phone Call to Help Prevent Spread

 

The Department of Public Health, DPH, recently shared advice on Mass.gov about what to do when waiting for COVID-19 test results. Some of the tips include quarantining yourself away from others until the results come back, and not sharing things with those in your home.

If tested positive for COVID-19, a member of the MA COVID Team or local board of health will call the person who tested positive to provide important support while they are in quarantine.

Both resources can be accessed below. For more information, please visit mass.gov/covid19 or call 2-1-1.

 

Click here for Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

Click here for Answer the Call from MA COVID Team

 

 

Safe Care Promise

Acton Medical Associates is dedicated to the safety and good health of our
patients, team members, and the community.

It’s our promise to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do so that all of our patients
receive the highest quality care in a clean and comfortable environment.
We partner closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure
the strictest of safety guidelines are met in all of our locations.

 

 


 

 

June 12, 2020

 

Acton Medical’s Safe Care Promise

Partnering with the Department of Health to Provide the Safest Care

 

Acton Medical Associates is dedicated to the health and wellness of our patients, team members, and the community.

It’s our promise to keep your safety at the forefront of everything we do so that we continue to provide you with the highest quality healthcare in a clean and comfortable setting.

Click here to read our Safe Care Promise and about the enhanced safety precautions we’ve implemented.

As always, we are prepared and ready to meet the healthcare needs of you and your family.

 

 

Please call us with any questions, none are too small. Thank you for choosing Acton Medical!

Adult Medicine (978) 635-8700

Pediatrics (978) 635-8914

 


 

May 28, 2020

 

Health Care Provider Phase 1 Reopen Attestation

Department of Health Requirements

 

As required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Acton Medical Associates is pleased to declare  that we meet all safety requirements in order to reopen Phase 1 services and procedures to the public.

Please click here to view the document and criteria set in place by the DPH.

Our teams have been working carefully and quickly to provide the highest level of safety to patients and our staff. Please contact us if you have any questions, (978) 635-8700.

 


 

May 4, 2020

 

Acton Medical’s Scott F. Paparello, D.O. Speaks on COVID-19

An Interview with Westford CAT

 

On May 4, Acton Medical’s Dr. Scott Paparello, Adult Medicine and Infectious Diseases Specialist, sat down with Westford Cable Access Television to talk about COVID-19. Over a Zoom interview, they discussed the virus’ origination, COVID toes, and vaccine questions, as well as what it means to test for antibodies.

 

In addition to working in Adult Medicine at Acton Medical, Dr. Paparello is also the Infection Control consultant to Emerson Hospital. In this interview, he shares an update on the status at the hospital, and what it means to be an Infectious Diseases Specialist.

 

Click here to watch the video and read Westford CAT’s corresponding news article. We hope this information is helpful, and are dedicated to continuing to provide valuable COVID-19 support to our patients and the community.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

April 29, 2020

 

Acton Medical Expands Non-Coronavirus Services

 

COVID-19 has presented the world with a new way of living. The effects of the virus require us all to be prepared to quickly adapt our lifestyles to protect each other and the community.

Acton Medical’s COVID-19 Task Force works to ensure that we keep our staff and patients safe while continuing to offer exceptional healthcare services that meet all patients’ needs. In addition to launching telehealth over the past weeks, we are now in a transition phase with an aim to provide more services for in-person, non-COVID-19 patient needs.

Beginning May 4, 2020, we’ll re-open our Harvard location. Harvard and Littleton sites are now Symptom Free, and we have a new location opening in Hudson this fall!

Click here to learn more.

Our dedication to providing high quality healthcare for all patients remains stronger than ever.

We’re here for you! Please call us should any needs arise.

Pediatrics, (978) 635-8914
Adult Medicine, (978) 635-8700

 

 

 

 


April 17, 2020

 

Mass.gov Provides List of COVID-19 Testing Sites

Contributed by the Department of Public Health

 

There’s been a lot of misinformation published about COVID-19 testing sites. It’s important to have access to the correct information.

Yesterday, Mass.gov updated their list of MA COVID-19 Testing Sites. It’s a helpful resource to have on-hand.

Use the link below to access the list if;

  • Acton Medical’s testing schedule doesn’t meet your needs, or
  • You want to be tested but do not meet our testing criteria.

 

Click here to access the most recent list of MA COVID-19 Testing Sites.

 

 

 

 


 

April 14, 2020

Telehealth Visits Open for Multiple Services

Adult Medicine and Pediatrics

 

Acton Medical is pleased to have adapted our workflow processes to ensure we are available by telehealth, not only for COVID-19 but, also for NON-CORONAVIRUS healthcare services.

 

In addition to COVID-19 support, providers are open for telehealth visits for services such as sleep concerns, skin conditions, acne, headaches, mental health, allergies, and more.

Our dedication to providing high quality healthcare for all patient needs remains stronger than ever.

Click here for details from Pediatrics.

Click here for more information from Adult Medicine.

 

 

 


 

April 8, 2020

Tips on Wearing Masks and Gloves in Public During COVID-19

Dr. Paparello, D.O., Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Acton Medical, and Head of Infection Control, Emerson Hospital

 

We’re pleased to share some thoughts and advice on the use of masks and gloves, from Dr. Scott Paparello, D.O., Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

“I think people in general are being fairly diligent in practicing social distancing. Staying apart from each other, though difficult, is still the best way to prevent getting, or giving, the coronavirus.

People may be spread the virus before having any symptoms, and some may have the infection without developing any symptoms at all.

The recommendation for universal wearing of masks in public may seem a bit confusing. The main goal of wearing a mask when in public is to prevent the mask wearer from inadvertently spreading the virus to others.

However, it does also protect the mask wearer to some degree by blocking some droplets, and as a reminder to not touch your face with your hands. The main mode of transmission is still likely droplets, which settle on surfaces and then are touched and brought to the mouth or eyes.

Therefore, meticulous hand hygiene is the most effective method of preventing infection. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Some people like to wear gloves when out in public, this is not unreasonable. But, it’s important for people to make sure they do not touch their face with gloves, which can have the virus. A dirty glove is not a safe precaution. Hands should be washed thoroughly once gloves have been removed as well.”

–Dr. Scott Paparello, D.O., Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

 


 

April 7, 2020

Thank You to the Community for PPE Donations

 

The community really continues to surround Acton Medical with an abundance of heartwarming support over these difficult weeks.

With this post, we are sharing the first of many THANK YOU messages to the local organizations and residents who have so graciously donated personal protective equipment to help keep our staff and patients safe.

 

– Dear Feng and the family and friends of Boston Metrowest Bible Church Donghai, THANK YOU for your generous donation of over 1,400 masks, as well as coveralls, face shields, and more!

Kaiping, a local resident, along with her friends and family have given over 250 masks, as well as goggles and gloves. THANK YOU!

– THANK YOU to local residents, Tim and Len Kaminski, who gave more than 20 masks, and gloves!

Emily Loebs, another neighbor, donated fabric face masks which she made by hand. THANK YOU, Emily!

 

There are many more donors to mention in the coming days, and we are still accepting PPE donations. Please email PatientRelations@actonmedical.com.

A HUGE thank you to everyone, our teams feel uplifted by your support. As always, we are prepared and here for your healthcare needs.

 


 

April 6, 2020

 

Families Leave Supportive Chalk Messages During COVID-19

 

On Sunday, April 5,  our hearts were overwhelmed by families who came to write Thank Yous and notes of encouragement in chalk on the walkways at our Acton office. They arrived at separate times, keeping a safe distance, to draw pictures and leave supportive messages for our teams.

“This makes me so happy, thank you!” — Dr. Deborah Kovacs, Adult Medicine and Medical Director

 

Please know that Acton Medical remains prepared and ready to meet the healthcare needs of you and your family.

 

 


 

March 31, 2020

 

COVID-19 Patient Testing at Acton Medical

Appointments Only – Must be Referred by Acton Medical Physician

 

Acton Medical Associates is now testing patients, by appointment only, for COVID-19. Testing is conducted in our Testing Tent located in the patient parking lot at our Acton office. We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our patients and help protect the community.

Patients are only being tested after having a telehealth or in-person visit with their Acton Medical provider, and being recommended for a test by that doctor.

 

Once recommended for testing, our COVID-19 Testing Team will call the patient to schedule the appointment. Tests are setup within 24 hours of the patient’s telehealth or in-person visit and referral for testing.

Please note that patients with mild symptoms do not require testing and are being advised to self-quarantine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, lists the COVID-19 symptoms that may indicate a person should seek medical care, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

 

Acton Medical is following strict criteria in order to identify patients for coronavirus testing.

During a telehealth or in-person visit, patients will be checked for specific, severe symptoms that indicate a test is needed. If that criteria is not met, even though some symptoms may be exhibited, then we’re unable to recommend testing.

 

COVID-19 testing at Acton Medical is conducted in our Testing Tent between 1 and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Again, testing is by appointment only.

Patients who have an appointment to be tested are asked to drive to the tent in our patient parking lot and pull into a designated parking spot by the tent.

These spots are identified by yellow Designated for Tent Testing parking signs.

When arriving for testing, an Acton Medical team member will greet patients at their vehicle and ask for appointment information. After the appointment is confirmed, patients are directed to enter the tent and one of our providers will meet with the patient and perform the test.

Even if a COVID-19 test comes back negative, we recommend self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the sickness that led to testing. Although patients may not have COVID-19, it’s important to support social distancing to protect loved ones and the community. 

 

Acton Medical supports the CDC’s advisement on what to do when sick, those instructions can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.

 

As always, we are here for any issues that may arise and wish you and your families good health and wellness.

 

To provide efficient medical service, we cannot accept walk-in patients for any services.

Our staff will be seen wearing masks, gloves, and/or gowns. This is a precautionary measure and does not mean they have an illness, or believe you have an illness. We’re practicing an abundance of caution for everyone’s safety.

For symptoms that require emergency care, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

 

 


 

March 30, 2020

 

At Home Tips and Resources for Parents During Social Distancing

 

Many parents may be trying to keep a full schedule for kids at home during COVID-19. Acton Medical would like to help.

Some of our pediatricians put together just a few of their tips and suggested resources for parents and kids while home during social distancing.

– Dr. Simon offers advice on talking to kids about COVID-19

– Learn about a weekly online singalong Dr. Darling enjoys with her son

– Dr. J. shares tips for taking things offline

Click here to view our first edition of At Home Tips. We hope they’re helpful and look forward to providing more for you soon.

 

 


 

March, 30, 2020

 

Healthy Meal Planning During Social Distancing

 

Meal planning can be challenging any time, never mind while navigating family care through an international health crisis.

To help with food preparedness, Acton Medical’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Liz Berman, shares Meal Planning During Social Distancing tips in the brief video below.

Showing examples from her own pantry, Liz focuses on making the best use of what’s already on-hand, including those items you may have forgotten about in your cupboards.

The goal is to plan weekly, healthy meals, without over-stocking food and leaving empty grocery shelves for those in need.

 

Meal Planning During Social Distancing, hosted by Liz Berman, Acton Medical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Meal planning can be challenging any time, never mind while navigating family care through an international health crisis. — Healthy Meal Planning During Social Distancing — Acton Medical’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Liz Berman, shares Meal Planning During Social Distancing tips in this brief video. Showing examples from her own pantry, Liz focuses on making the best use of what’s already on-hand, including those items you may have forgotten about in your cupboards. The goal is to plan weekly, healthy meals, without over-stocking food and leaving empty grocery shelves for those in need.

Posted by Acton Medical Pediatrics on Sunday, March 29, 2020

 


 

March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Top 10 Patient Questions – Pediatrics

A quick guide to care and support from Acton Medical Pediatrics. 

 

Over the past weeks, we’ve shared a lot of information about Acton Medical’s care and service during COVID-19. The most important being that we are prepared and here for you should any needs arise.

To further help keep you informed, we’ve identified the top 10 questions pediatrics patients need to know about our support during this unprecedented health crisis.

Click here to view our Top 10 FAQs for Pediatrics.

We’re committed to continuing to share At Home tips from our providers, behavioral health team, nurses, and nutritionists, to help patients and parents during social distancing.

 

“Please let us know if you have any questions about this information, we understand it may be overwhelming. Our goal is to minimize the chances of the virus spreading, keep everyone healthy, and support social distancing.”
– Dr. Chris Cooper, Pediatrics

As always, we wish everyone good health and wellness, and happiness.

 


 

March 26, 2020

All Staff to Wear Masks – Precautionary Measure Only

Can you guess the Pediatricians in these photos? 

 

Today we share with you some fun photos of our Pediatricians wearing Personal Protective Equipment, PPE.

— As a precautionary measure, all staff in our offices will be wearing a mask. —

Our Medical Assistants, Check-in and Check-out staff, Doctors, Administration team and others will all be observed wearing masks at all times while in our offices.

Please know that this precaution doesn’t mean that our staff has an illness or suspects that you have an illness.

 

Can you guess who I am?

Some of our Pediatrics team shared these photos to help patients feel more comfortable before coming in for their visits.

Can you guess the provider in each photograph?

We will continue to share At Home tips from our providers, nurses, and nutritionists, to help patients and parents during social distancing.

Tips will be posted here and on our Pediatrics Facebook page, @ActonMedicalPediatrics.

 

 

We wish everyone good health and are here for you should any issues arise.

 

THE HEALTH OF ALL VISITORS AND STAFF IS ACTON MEDICAL’S PRIMARY CONCERN. WE ARE PRACTICING AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION AS A PREVENTIVE MEASURE.

 


 

March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Top 10 Adult Medicine Patient Questions

A quick guide to care and support from Acton Medical. 

 

Over the past week, we’ve shared a few posts with important information about Acton Medical’s support for patients and the community during COVID-19 over the past week.

To further help keep you informed, we’ve gathered the Top 10 things adult medicine patients need to know about our support during this unprecedented health crisis.

Stay tuned for specific Pediatrics highlights this week too!

Click here to view the Top 10 list from Adult Medicine. 

Additionally, we will continue to share At Home tips from our providers, nurses, and nutritionists, to help patients and parents during social distancing.

Tips will be posted here and on our Pediatrics Facebook page, @ActonMedicalPediatrics.

We wish everyone good health and are here for you should any issues arise.

 

 


 

March 23, 2020

 

CDC Precautions and Steps to Help if You’re Sick 

CDC tips published on March 16, 2020

 

Acton Medical is dedicated to providing up-to-date COVID-19 information to continue to help educate the community, prevent the spread of illness, and support social distancing.

On March 16, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control updated their advice on what to do if you are sick.

Click here to read the CDC’s tips, including information on monitoring symptoms and how and when to discontinue home isolation.

As always, our priority is the good health and safety of our patients, staff, and the community, and to ensure you are well informed. Acton Medical is here and prepared for any issues that may arise.

 


March 20, 2020

Governor Orders Expanded In-Network Telehealth Coverage

Acton Medical Launches Telehealth – Services and Billing Details

 

Dear Patients,

First and foremost, we hope everyone is doing well. Acton Medical is prepared and here to help patients should any needs arise.

Click below to read full details.

As you may know, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on March 10, 2020 due to the coronavirus.

To further mitigate risks to the community and support social distancing, Governor Baker also ordered the Group Insurance Commission, all commercial insurers, Medicaid, and the General Insurance Commission to cover Telehealth visits with in-network providers.

The Governor’s new order requires that those insurance companies provide policy holders with equal coverage for in-network telehealth visits as in-network face-to-face appointments. It’s important to note that the Governor’s declaration includes a mandate to waive all patients’ financial responsibility for these visits.

Acton Medical is proud to launch this new service, telehealth is currently being provided to patients instead of some in-person appointments.

Click here for full details on coverage and how telehealth works at Acton Medical.

 


Appointments and Access During COVID-19

Acton Medical Establishes Clean Sites – What to Know Before You Visit

 

 March 17, 2020 

Acton Medical’s COVID-19 task force met early yesterday morning to continue to ensure we provide high-quality medical service to all patients during this uncommonly busy time due to coronavirus.

On March 13, we shared a few changes we’ve made to our process and have implemented additional measures as of today, March 17, 2020.

 

– We are pleased to announce that we will soon be implementing Tele-Health visits and plan to announce the official launch in the coming week.

– To most efficiently serve our patients and the community, we are unable to accept walk-in appointments at any of our locations.

– We also ask that patients only bring one person with them to their appointment, to help prevent the possible spread of illness and support social distancing.

 

 Our Harvard location is temporarily closed, Littleton has been established as a clean site.

We have closed Harvard to help provide more staff in Acton and Littleton and more efficiently serve our patients. Littleton has also been established as a clean site. For the health and safety of all patients; no patient, visitor, or employee will be permitted entrance to our Littleton office if they have a cough, fever, or respiratory illness.

 

Patients who have an appointment but are experiencing any symptoms of illness cannot be seen in Harvard or Littleton.

Our teams are calling patients prior to scheduled appointments to screen for any cough, fever, or respiratory illnesses and to arrange the appointment in our Acton location or over the phone.

As a reminder, Drs. Edwin Knights, Ingrid Gorman, and Ann Quinn are taking all appointments in our Harvard location.

 

Per the March 13 announcement on our website, we have created dedicated clean rooms for our non-sick patients in our Acton location.

We also have separate, dedicated waiting rooms in Acton for those with symptoms of illness.

If you do not have an appointment and have urgent care needs, please call our Triage Nurse team before coming to any Acton Medical location, (978) 635-8700.

    • Due to this unprecedented outbreak, phone wait times are very long right now, please be patient as our Triage Nurse team works to help everyone.
    • Patients experiencing mild symptoms are being advised to stay home and isolate.

 

For symptoms that require emergency attention, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

 


 

An Update from Acton Medical’s COVID-19 Task Force

Continued Planning and What to Know Before You Visit

 

 March 13, 2020 

Acton Medical’s COVID-19 task force continues to meet regularly. We are actively working on and implementing dedicated clean rooms in our Acton location for our non-sick patients and separated, dedicated waiting rooms for those with emergency symptoms. We are highly committed to the care, health, and safety of all patients, our staff, and the community.

 

TO HELP IN ADVANCE, WE ASK THAT PATIENTS READ BELOW PRIOR TO VISITING ACTON MEDICAL LOCATIONS

Effective immediately, the following providers will be taking all appointments in our Harvard, MA location:

  • Dr. Edwin Knights
  • Dr. Ingrid Gorman
  • Dr. Ann Quinn

 

Emergency Needs

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room

  • Acton Medical patients with questions about their symptoms should call our Triage Nurse team, (978) 635-8700. Please call prior to visiting the practice, appointments are required for all patients.

 

Must Have an Appointment Prior to Arrival

We are unable to permit anyone into the practice without an appointment.

  • To most efficiently serve our patients and the community, we are unable to accept any walk-in appointments.
  • If you do not have an appointment and have urgent care needs, please call our Triage Nurse team before coming to any Acton Medical location, (978) 635-8700.
    • Due to this unprecedented outbreak, phone wait times are very long right now, please be patient as our Triage Nurse team works to help everyone.
    • If you have symptoms that require emergency attention, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

 

Adult Medicine Routine and Follow-up Visits

For the protection of our patients, staff, and the community, we are working to direct previously scheduled, routine and follow-up appointments to our satellite offices in Harvard and Littleton, MA.

EXCEPTION: Diabetes and laboratory visits will continue to occur in our Acton location.

  • Our teams are calling patients prior to appointments to screen for any symptoms of illness.

 

Acton Appointments: Reminder, All Guests Must Enter Through Main Entrance 

  • Please continue to use the main patient entrance as usual.
  • As a reminder, all parking, including handicapped, is located at the main entrance.

 

Due to the unprecedented increase in patient appointments, please limit the number of guests or family members accompanying patients to as few as possible to minimize contact and ensure comfortable waiting areas for all patients in need.

 

Health and Safety

  • We are cleaning our offices, exam rooms, counters, chairs and other areas frequently.
  • All of our staff has been instructed on proper hand-washing, and use of masks and other equipment when needed.
  • Our employees have been asked to not come in to work if they have any symptoms of infection.

      

MEDICAL ASSISTANTS, DOCTORS OR OTHER STAFF IN THE BUILDING COULD BE OBSERVED WEARING A MASK, GOWN, GLOVES, AND/OR A FACE SHIELD.

THIS PRECAUTION DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE PROVIDER HAS AN ILLNESS OR SUSPECTS THAT YOU HAVE AN ILLNESS. THE HEALTH OF ALL VISITORS AND STAFF IS ACTON MEDICAL’S PRIMARY CONCERN. WE ARE PRACTICING AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION AS A PREVENTIVE MEASURE.

 


Acton Medical’s COVID-19 Task Force and Plan

 

March 10, 2020

Acton Medical Associates is actively working on and implementing plans to address the risk of COVID-19 to our patients and the community.

We have established a coronavirus Task Force that meets regularly and includes our Medical Director, Infectious Disease Specialist, Adult Medicine and Pediatrics Chairs, Director of Nursing, and other members of our Medical and Administration teams.

Additional staff has been added to our satellite offices in Littleton and Harvard to accommodate any over-flow needs that may occur. Our Triage Nurse team has been expanded to include Nurse Practitioners to further assist patients who call-in with respiratory symptoms.

 

Patients who traveled to China or Italy within the last 14 days should call before visiting the practice, (978) 635-8700.

 

All patients visiting Acton Medical will be asked if they have a cough or fever.

Those with a cough, fever, or respiratory illness will immediately receive a mask and be moved to an exam room as soon as possible instead of remaining in the waiting room.

We request that all patients with a cough, fever, or respiratory illness wear a mask at all times while visiting any Acton Medical location. It is our priority to provide a safe environment for patients coming in for routine visits.

 

Our Infection Disease Specialist, Dr. Paparello, advises:

   “Washing hands is by far the most important way to avoid any illness, including the new coronavirus. COVID-19 only spreads down a few feet when someone coughs, unlike other infections like TB, measles, which are spread more airborne, and can infect a lot more people in a larger area.”

 

Learn more about coronavirus from www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

We’ll share additional important information on our website as needed.

 

 


Acton Medical Associates is Growing

Join our Triage Nurse Team – Pediatric and Internal Medicine

 

 

February 24, 2020

Acton Medical is currently looking for pediatric and internal medicine Triage Nurses to join our team.

Serving our local communities for 65 years, we are independently owned and operated and offer multiple convenient locations in Massachusetts including Acton, Littleton, and Harvard.

We are opening a new location in 2020!

Click here to access our Careers Portal and then search for Triage Nurse to review the positions.

 

Come grow with us! We look forward to meeting you.

 

 


 

Wellness SMART Goal-Setting Workshop 

Event Held on January 11 – Download Workshop Booklet Below

 

Wellness SMART Goal Setting Workshop - Held January 11

Acton Medical held a Wellness SMART Goal-Setting Workshop on Saturday January, 11. The session, complimentary for patients and their families, was hosted by Liz Berman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Brooke Markt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

It focused on setting specific and attainable wellness goals that make a big difference, such as reducing added sugar or deep breathing for stress and anxiety.

Liz and Brooke led engaging conversations while sharing healthy recipes and cooking them in the session, as well as practicing deep breathing exercises with the group.

Click here to download our Wellness SMART Goal-Setting booklet, which includes multiple healthy recipes.

Email PublicRelations@actonmedical.com to learn more about our free Nutrition Workshops and Expectant and New Parent Education & Support sessions.

 


Acton Medical Now Offering Ear Piercing

Studex Sterile Medical System

 

Acton Medical Pediatrics is proud to offer our patients ear piercing
using the Studex medical ear piercing system.

Studex includes individual piercing cartridges sterilized
in advance and disposed of after every use.

Patients having their ears pierced at Acton Medical receive
care from a pediatric provider in a medical office before, during, and after the procedure.

 

Click here to view our ear piercing flyer with quick facts and cost. 14 carat gold earrings are included, choice of three different colors.

Please call Pediatrics with questions or to schedule an ear piercing, (978) 635-8914.

 


New Pediatrics Pocket Reference – Services and Hours

 

Now Available for Download – Acton Medical Pediatrics Services and Hours Pocket Reference

December 17, 2019

Save, download, and print our new Pediatrics Pocket Reference so you’ll always have our contact information at your fingertips.

Click here to view and download booklet.

Acton Medical Pediatrics’ mission is to provide convenient access to cost effective, high quality pediatric care and service in a friendly, caring, and respectful manner.

We’re a group of dedicated Pediatricians who united to form an independent practice with a true passion for delivering exceptional clinical care and medical service.

 

As a smaller practice, we’re able to develop strong personal patient relationships and provide thoughtful decision-making, while being large enough to meet most patient needs in our local offices.

Call (978) 635-8914 for an appointment or click here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to be contacted by one of our pediatric team members. We look forward to meeting you!

 


Acton Medical Pediatrician Selected for 2019 Best of Acton Award

 

Congratulations Dr. Cohen! 2019 Best of Acton Doctors

December 3, 2019

 

We are very pleased to share that, Acton Medical Pediatrician, Dr. Mark Cohen has been selected for the 2019 Best of Acton Awards in the category of Doctors.

Congratulations Dr. Cohen!

Dr. Cohen is accepting new pediatric patients. Click here to learn more about him and contact us directly to setup an appointment.

Kindly see below for a snippet about The Acton Award Program from their website.

“Each year, in and around the Acton area, the Acton Award Program chooses only the best local businesses. We focus on companies that have demonstrated their ability to use various marketing methods to grow their business in spite of difficult economic times. The companies chosen exemplify the best of small business; often leading through customer service and community involvement.”