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Pediatric House Calls: Safe, Convenient, and Personal

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For many people, the most harrowing part of parenthood is when little ones are sick. In a normal scenario, mom or dad must take off work, call the daycare or school about the absence, and then call the pediatrician in hopes that the office will have an available slot for an appointment. It’s never fun to load up a sick child, drive to the doctor’s office, and hang out in a waiting room (often a hotbed of germs from other sick kids) before finally seeing the nurse or doctor. If there are other siblings, this only adds to the chaos and increased spread of infection. These logistical challenges are on top of stress and worry about the child’s health, and they have increased in the current COVID environment.

100% of the Visits are in the Comfort of Your Home                         

bridge-careDr. Aravinda Ayyagari, a local pediatrician who serves the Brandywine Valley area, established Bridge Care Pediatrics (BCP) to provide a new approach to care for your children: house calls.This brings the highest quality care straight to you, in the comfort of your own home 100% of the time.

BCP is a membership-based, house call practice. Direct Primary Care is a model of healthcare that puts patients first. It is just your family and your doctor working together collaboratively. Dr. Ayyagari explains that, “This means I work for you, not for insurance companies or large hospital systems. Just you. This is modern medicine combined with the classic  dedication your grandparents remember.”

Dr. Ayyagari’s Vision – Pediatrics Reimagined

Dr. Ayyagari is a board-certified pediatrician with nearly 20 years of experience and is fluent in both Spanish and English. She has been in private practice in Media and has worked as a pediatric hospitalist at Christiana Hospital. For the last 13 years, she has worked for Nemours, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, in an outpatient practice in North Wilmington. Dr. Ayyagari said that, “Coming from a busy outpatient practice with thousands of patients, I always wished I could offer more to my patients and their families. While I have valued all my professional experiences, I believed it was time to practice medicine the way I have envisioned.”

Today’s pediatric care is often inflexible, confusing, and not transparent. By removing the administrative burden and keeping the practice small, Bridge Care Pediatrics delivers an experience so personal you cannot imagine your children being cared for any other way. Dr. Ayyagari said she believes in taking time to listen and understand your family’s specific needs, so she can provide the type of care we all deserve. She notes, “I have established Bridge Care Pediatrics on three pillars – safety, convenience, and personalization.”

Pediatrics Care in the Comfort of Your Home

Getting to know your child in their home environment can help Dr. Ayyagari customize plans for nutrition and behavior. Social determinants such as environment are important factors in health.

For children from newborn to age 21, membership at Bridge Care Pediatrics includes:

  • Routine well visits
  • Sick visits
  • Ability to self-schedule appointments
  • 24-hour access to the doctor for urgent issues
  • Secure access by phone, messaging, and telemedicine during business hours
  • Annual school physicals
  • Athletic forms and physicals
  • Camp forms and physicals
  • Vaccine administration
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Assessment of developmental and behavioral issues
  • Care coordination with specialists
  • Meeting with the child’s school to review 504 and IEP plans
  • Any other patient concerns relating to the child’s well-being
  • All visits conducted in the comfort of your home, with these additional options:
    • Televisits
    • College dormitory

In addition to the monthly membership, BCP offers a newborn package for the first month of life. This is particularly great for new parents.

It includes a prenatal visit and three one-hour home visits. Dr. Ayyagari can assist with feeding issues (she is also a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist); assess maternal well-being; and evaluate the newborn for jaundice, general health, development, and growth. She can also advise on safety practices and provide anticipatory guidance.

Dr. Ayyagari can also work with children with special needs or high anxiety.

BCP has a partnership with the locally-owned Wellness Family Pharmacy for convenient home delivery of medications.

Visit at https://bridgecarepeds.com or call Dr. Ayyagari at (610) 897-7337 to learn more or book a complimentary consultation.

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