More than 34,000 outpatient visits were provided to children and adolescents in 2015. Specialty services continue to be offered in allergy/immunology, behavior/development, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics, hematology, infectious disease, travel medicine, nephrology, neurology, and pulmonology. Dr. Howard Grodman, a Pediatric Hematologist, and Dr. Vesna Micic, a pediatric epilepsy specialist, also recently joined the department.
At the BronxCare Third Avenue Practice, adolescents can access reproductive health and gynecological services with complete confidence. Bronx-Lebanon’s participation in the Medicaid Family Planning Benefit Program is also enabling teenagers to apply for health insurance coverage, on their own, to cover their reproductive health issues. The Adolescent Practice recently became part of the Teen Connection Partnership with the New York City Department of Health. With this program, teenagers will be linked in their school setting to Bronx-Lebanon’s adolescent health services.
The serious and increasing problem of childhood and adolescent obesity is being addressed at the BronxCare Third Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center practices. Multidisciplinary teams at these practices are providing treatment to children and teenagers that are at the spectrum of being overweight to morbidly obese. Exercise classes and nutritional workshops are also conducted. When necessary, patients are referred to the Department of Surgery for bariatric procedures.
A Healthy Steps grant from the New York State Department of Health is providing $370,000 over three years and enabling the integration of a social worker in the outpatient service areas to screen children for developmental and behavioral issues, and refer them to appropriate services.