Acton Medical Announcements

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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.”

 


Accepting New Adult Medicine Patients

Acton Medical Associates Welcomes Narine Sharkhatunyan, M.D.

 

Dr. Sharkhatunyan joins Acton Medical with much excitement after successful completion of the residency program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

Working in primary care has been Dr. Sharkhatunyan’s longtime dream. She is dedicated to her patients and taking the time to listen with the goal of developing trust and a long-term bond.

Outside of work, Dr. Sharkhatunyan is an active member of the Armenian community. She enjoys time with her husband and twin boys and loves hiking and traveling. Baking is a special skill of hers and she’s well known among friends and family for her specialty culinary skills.

 

 

EDUCATION

  • M.D. Preventive Medicine, Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia, 2000
  • M.D. Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia 2015

 TRAINING

  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Internal Medicine, Akron, OH
  • Yerevan State Medical University, Preventive Medicine, Yerevan, Armenia

CERTIFICATION

  • Board Eligible 2019, American Board of Internal Medicine

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

  • Adult Medicine, Preventive Medicine

2019 – 2020 Flu Vaccination

It’s that time of year again, schedule your flu vaccination today.

Vaccinations are given by appointment only. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walk-in requests.

 

Please call 978-635-8912 to schedule an appointment or use the FollowMyHealth app and click “Schedule Appointment” at the top of the page to book your vaccination.

 

 

 


Accepting New Adult Medicine Patients

Louis J. Berk, M.D.

Dr. Berk happily returns to his home state (and climate) of Massachusetts after 3 years in San Diego where he worked in Primary Care at Kaiser Permanente of Southern California. His clinical interests within adult primary care are preventive medicine and a holistic approach to adult medical conditions. He enjoys his time outside of clinic with his wife and baby daughter, keeping up with exercise, cooking, and hiking and camping.

 

 

Education

  • B.A. Columbia College, 1995
  • M.D. University of Massachusetts, 2013

Training

  • SUNY-Downstate, Brooklyn, NY

Certification

  • American Board of Family Medicine

Accepting New Pediatric Patients

Jasmin Darling, M.D.

Jasmin Darling spent the first two decades of her life in Ohio before moving to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she taught at One Planet International School. Returning to Ohio for medical school, she volunteered in a local student-run free medical clinic and enjoyed several medical mission trips to Guatemala and Honduras. Empowering all children to reach their full potential is her passion and purpose. Dr. Darling and her husband had always planned to live in the Boston area and were thrilled when she had the opportunity to train at the Floating Hospital for Children. She lives locally with her husband, son, and two dogs and enjoys spending time with her family exploring New England and traveling internationally.

EDUCATION

  • B.A. Case Western Reserve University, 2009
  • M.A. Case Western Reserve University, 2009
  • M.D. University of Toledo College of Medicine & Life Sciences, 2015

TRAINING

  • Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
    Boston, MA

CERTIFICATION

  • Board Certified 2018, American Board of Pediatrics

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Newborn Medicine, Breastfeeding, Preventive Medicine, Domestic & International Adoption, Travel Medicine

Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage

Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the only yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax) licensed in the United States, has announced that YF-Vax for civilian use is now totally unavailable from the manufacturer until mid-2019 because of delays in the production process. However, YF-VAX might be available at some clinics for several months, until remaining supplies at those sites are used up.

Travelers can find clinics with remaining doses of YF-VAX, by visiting the yellow fever vaccination clinic search page.

For more information, go to: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/news-announcements/yellow-fever-vaccine-access.


 

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