Pediatric Associates - Powdersville

About Us

Who We Are

Pediatric Associates - Powdersville, formerly Foothills Pediatrics, joined Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS) effective September 17, 2012. Three new providers have joined our group, and will rotate through the Pediatric Associates - Powdersville and Pediatric Associates - Easley offices.

As part of GHS' multi-specialty physician group practice, we are now more closely aligned with the many specialty services of Children's Hospital, including the highest level of pediatric inpatient care in the Upstate. Children's Hospital employs multiple pediatric sub-specialists in fields ranging from cardiology to neurosurgery. Its child-friendly medical facilities include the region's most advanced neonatal intensive care unit and perinatal center, along with a dedicated Children's Emergency Center open around the clock.

Our dedicated and highly trained staff look forward to caring for your children daily. We take great pride in our families, who choose us to take care of their children!

Appointment Policy

Please call our office between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm to schedule an appointment at (864) 220-1110. We continue to welcome same day sick visits, but you must call our office to schedule an appointment. We can no longer accept walk-in patients. Once all appointments are filled, the nursing staff will assist in scheduling remaining emergency appointments for the day.

Weekend appointments are for urgent care sick visits only, and will be accommodated at our Pediatric Associates - Easley location. These appointments are not booked in advance. Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis.

New Patients

We are currently accepting new patients. Please call our office for details at (864) 220-1110.

Our office follows the vaccine schedule recommended by the American Academy Of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control.

Quality Data

Our practice is excited to have the opportunity to present clinical quality data to you that reflects data that our practice is measuring as part of our continued efforts to be your patient centered medical home.

View Our Scorecard

Locations

Services

After Hours Pediatric Nurse Triage:

Should your child become sick or injured after hours, please contact our office at 864-220-1110 to speak with a pediatric nurse, who is specially trained to evaluate sick and injured children. Depending on the situation, the nurse has several options: 1) Offer home treatment, 2) Recommend an appointment the next day, 3) Contact the physician on-call, 4) Request the child be taken to an appropriate emergency department. We offer this after hours service to ensure constant and consistent care to our patients.

Well Child Checks:

Well child checks can be scheduled up to three months in advance.

Our office follows the vaccine schedule recommended by the American Academy Of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control.

Comprehensive Children's Services

At Pediatric Associates - Powdersville, we offer personalized, comprehensive, high-quality care including routine physicals, sports physicals, well-baby exams, immunizations and sick visits.

Our physicians evaluate chronic issues such as ADD/ADHD, obesity, asthma, allergies, chronic ear infections, reflux and skin conditions. We will make referrals to specialists, as needed.

Our office provides diagnostic testing such as rapid RSV, rapid strep, flu tests and urine testing.

We offer screening for anemia, diabetes, developmental issues, hearing and vision.

Forms

For your convenience, we have made several forms available for download. This will have you better prepared for your visit, and reduce the amount of forms you will have to fill out during your visit. Just click on the links below to download a pdf copy of each form. If you don't have a pdf reader on your computer, please download a free reader here.

New Patient Packet
The new patient packet contains all the necessary information for becoming a new patient at Pediatric Associates - Powdersville. It includes insurance forms, demographics, guarantor information, consent for treatment, disclosure of medical information, authorization for release of medical information, Pediatric Associates - Powdersville policies, GHS financial policy and the notice of privacy practices. For more information on becoming a new patient, click here.

For your convenience, the following forms are also available for download in a Spanish Version:

Newborn Baby Care Manual
New parents have a lot of questions concerning the care of their newborn, and this short manual addresses a lot of the most common topics. Feeding, SIDS prevention, basic infant care, newborn jaundice, bowel movements/urine output, illness, colic, normal findings, and circumcision care are all discussed. For any questions concerning your child, please feel free to contact our office and speak with a nurse.

Authorization for Release of Medical Information
If you need to have your child's medical records transferred from or to our office, you will need to fill out an authorization for release of medical information. This form is included in the new patient packet or can be downloaded here (English Version & Spanish Version).

Immunization Schedules
The immunization schedules listed below provide a detailed breakdown of the recommended vaccines that your child should receive according to their age.

Immunization Schedule for (Birth-6 Years) - English Version & Spanish Version
Immunization Schedule for (7-18 Years) -
English Version & Spanish Version

ADHD Vanderbilt Assessment Scale-PARENT & TEACHER Informant
The below links are resource toolkits for clinicians published by the Academy of American Pediatrics. They provide a number of rating scales and tools for parents that may aid the diagnostic process. The toolkit also provides support information for parents on how to deal with their child at home, help their child's treatment and monitor their child's development and long-term outcome.

ADHD - Vanderbilt Assessment Scale - PARENT Informant - These tools tie in with a resource kit that physicians can supply to teachers to monitor classroom behavior, gain a better insight in the disorder and help their pupil's treatment.

ADHD - Vanderbilt Assessment Scale - TEACHER Informant - These tools tie in with a resource kit that physicians can supply to parents.

FAQs

  • Where are you located?

  • 207 Three Bridges Road
    Greenville, SC 29611
    (Click here for more detailed directions)

  • What are your hours?

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Closed Saturday and Sunday
    Urgent care sick visits only will be accommodated on the weekends at our Pediatric Associates - Easley location.

  • How can I contact you?

  • Phone: (864) 220-1110
    Fax: (864) 241-9252

  • When do you take calls?

  • Pediatric Associates - Powdersville receives calls Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. Should your child become sick or injured after regular office hours, please contact our office at (864) 220-1110 to speak with a pediatric nurse, who is specially trained to evaluate sick and injured children. Depending on the situation, the nurse has several options: 1) Offer home treatment, 2) Recommend an appointment the next day, 3) Contact the physician on-call, 4) Request the child be taken to an appropriate emergency department. We offer this after hours service to ensure constant and consistent care to our patients.

  • When can I book an appointment?

  • Please call our office during the hours of 8:00am - 5:00pm to schedule an appointment at (864) 220-1110. We continue to welcome same day sick visits, but you must call our office to schedule an appointment. We can no longer accept walk-in patients. Once all appointments are filled, the nursing staff will assist in scheduling remaining emergency appointments for the day.
    Weekend appointments are for urgent care sick visits only will be accommodated at our Pediatric Associates - Easley location. These appointments are not booked in advance. Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis.

  • Is there a copay with my visit?

  • All copays are required at the time of visit. Some insurance companies do not require a copay and some cover well child checks (physicals). If you are unsure of your insurance company's policy, be sure to contact them before your office visit.

  • Can you help me with a bill?

  • Pediatric Associates - Powdersville is here to assist you. If you have questions about your bill, please give us a call. We can check your bill status and take payments by phone. If there is an issue with a past bill needing to be refiled, we can also help you with that. To set up a payment plan or for further information, you may also contact the hospital's main billing department at (864) 454-2000 or 1-888-284-6024.

  • Can my child get an excuse for school?

  • School excuses can be written for days deemed necessary by your doctor. We are not allowed to make school excuses, if your child has not been seen in our office for their illness, injury, etc. School excuses can not be faxed to the patient. Patients may pick them up at our office.

  • How do I become a new patient?

  • For complete details on how to become a new patient of Pediatric Associates - Powdersville, please click here.

  • Are you taking new Medicaid patients?

  • Yes, Pediatric Associates - Powdersville is accepting new Medicaid patients. Please be sure to list Pediatric Associates - Powdersville, as your primary care provider.

  • Do you file secondary Medicaid?

  • Yes, Pediatric Associates - Powdersville accepts Medicaid as a secondary insurance.

  • What type of Medicaid will you accept?

  • We accept Molina, Absolute Total Care, Wellcare, The Blues, Advicare, First Choice and SC Medicaid Program.

  • Can you help answer my questions about caring for my newborn?

  • Our nursing staff are available each day to return your calls, if you have questions concerning your newborn. Please feel free to contact our office. We also have a manual you can download here that features many common topics. Feeding, SIDS prevention, basic infant care, newborn jaundice, bowel movements/urine output, illness, colic, normal findings, and circumcision care are all discussed.

  • When should I book my child's well child check (physical)?

  • It is best to book your child's well child checks (physicals) three months in advance. We prefer well child checks for children 5 years and older be booked during the spring and summer months. Please confirm your vaccines and well child check coverage prior to your appointment.

  • How far out are the doctor's schedules available?

  • Doctor's schedules are usually posted 3 months in advance.

  • How can I get a copy of my child's immunization records?

  • To get a copy of your child's immunization records, you would need to call in a request. Under normal circumstances, immunization records will be ready within 48 hours in the front office. We are not allowed to fax records due to HIPAA laws. You may also request an updated immunization record at your child's well child check.

  • When are flu clinics available?

  • Flu clinics are set up during the flu season. You may schedule to have your child get their regular flu vaccination during this time.

  • How would I know if Pediatric Associates - Powdersville is closed during inclement weather?

  • In case of inclement weather, please watch WYFF-4, WHNS21 and WSPA7 for closings. Pediatric Associates - Powdersville will be listed under the "medical" section as: GHS Pediatric Associates - Powdersville. We will do our best to have it posted, as soon as possible. We will also attempt to call you to reschedule, as soon as we can.

  • How can I get my records transferred to Pediatric Associates - Powdersville or to another practice?

  • There are a couple of options for getting your records transferred. You may sign a request for medical release form in our office, or you may sign one at the office you are coming from or transferring to. You may download a copy of our request for medical release here (English Version & Spanish Version).

  • How long does it take to transfer records?

  • Under normal circumstances, your records will be ready for transfer from Pediatric Associates - Powdersville within a week . To find out how long it will take another practice to transfer their records to us, you would need to contact their office. We are unable to schedule your first visit as a new patient until records are received by our office.

  • May I have a copy of my child's record for my own use?

  • Yes, but there are fees for this service. According to South Carolina law, Section 44-7-325 for Health Care Facilities and in your signed financial agreement with us, we may bill the following:

    - $.65 per page for the first 30 pages
    - $.50 per page for all other pages
    - Clerical fee not to exceed $15.00
    - Plus actual postage

    We will send your child's health records at no cost, if we directly transfer to another doctor's office. If you prefer to have your own copy, then we will bill minimally the $15.00 clerical fee.

  • Is there free Wi-Fi available for those of us visiting your office?

  • Yes, the hospital has Wi-Fi, as part of our guest services. Feel free to bring your devices to use, while you wait.

Doctor's Corner

Safe Sleep

by Ashley Godwin, MD
Pediatrician at Pediatric Associates - Powdersville

The safest place for an infant to sleep is on their back on a firm surface, which meets current safety standards. Since making this recommendation in 1992, the rate of crib death has dropped dramatically. Now we see more deaths from entrapment or suffocation. So, it is also important to keep soft objects like pillows, blankets, sleep positioners and bumper pads out of cribs and bassinets. Also, we suggest sleeping in the room with the parents, but NOT in the bed with the parents. Finally, breast feeding, pacifier use and immunizations have all been shown to decrease rates of SIDS.

Summer Sun Safety for Kids

by Mary T. Martin, MD
Pediatrician at Pediatric Associates - Easley

Summer is finally here! Families are ready to spend their days outside swimming, playing on the beach, picnicking at the lake or just hanging out together in the yard. With so many fun activities, don't forget to take care of your child's skin.

Most of us worry only about sunburn, but too much sun exposure can also set up your child for skin cancer and premature aging. Too much sun exposure is not a good thing! Be proactive and protect your child's skin. Here are a few sun safety tips to remember :

  • Protect your child's skin from the sun using a physical barrier including a hat with a wide brim made of tightly woven fabric. When swimming, have them wear a "rash guard," a shirt made of special fabric that can protect skin from the sun's rays.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure during the hottest part of the day. The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is a good excuse for a mid-day nap indoors! Seek shade. For example, choose to rest under a leafy tree in your yard or under an umbrella at the beach or pool.
  • Choose sunscreen with at least 15-30 SPF and be sure that it says "broad spectrum," which means it protects against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) sun rays. Especially for children, look for a product containing physical blocker, such as zinc oxide. It is best to purchase a cream or stick product as sprays are more difficult to get good coverage and your child could inhale harmful chemicals during application.
  • Be sure to apply your sunscreen BEFORE going outside and reapply every couple of hours or after heavy toweling. There is no such thing as a "waterproof" product.
  • Apply sunscreen to all exposed surfaces, including the back of the neck, ears and feet! Especially if you have thin or light hair, be sure to apply on the part of your hair as well.
  • For infants, it is best to limit sun exposure in general, but the American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend using small amounts of sunscreen on exposed skin. Babies have smaller amounts of melanin and burn more quickly than older children and adults, so be sure to watch them carefully.
  • Talk to your teenagers about protecting their skin and remind them about premature aging from tanning. Don't give permission for your teenager to use a tanning bed, ever. Sunless tanning creams are a safe alternative.
  • Parents who use sunscreen appropriately tend to have children who use sunscreen appropriately. Be an example for your child and protect your skin!

Why are well child visits important for your child?

by Mary T. Martin, MD
Pediatrician at Pediatric Associates - Easley

This is a question that I often hear in my office. Many parents seem to think that a checkup is just to get caught up on shots. Some parents feel like the pediatrician's office is just for when their child is sick. These are popular misconceptions.

Well child visits help pediatricians (and family doctors, who care for children) to care for your whole child. This visit is really to focus on getting to know your child. Part of being a medical home for a child is establishing a true relationship with a family. In my experience, people tend to feel more comfortable asking questions of someone they know and trust. Seeing a familiar face in the exam room gives some comfort during those times when you are exhausted after being up all night with a crying child who has ear pain, for example.

Well visits give us a chance to see your child the way you see them every day. Checkups give us a chance to see your child at their "baseline" - not what they look like with a fever, vomiting or with an ear infection. One question I ask regularly in day-to-day practice, upon seeing a child with a sore throat and fever, is "are their tonsils always this big?" Sometimes parents tell me, "Yes, they said that they had big tonsils at their last checkup." This is a reassuring thing for both of us in the acute care setting. One benefit of routine well visits is that we can know and document normal physical exam findings for that child. Then, when your child is sick, we can compare to the previous exams, not just what we see in other children their age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends frequent well checks in the first few years. Your child's regular physician can go over the specific schedule for their office, but in general, your child will be seen at least at 2 weeks of age, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15-18 months, 24 months and then once yearly.

At a well check, your child will have their height and weight measured. Depending on age, we may measure their head circumference and their blood pressure. Your child may also have a blood test to check their hemoglobin or a urinalysis to check for protein, glucose and infection. They will be examined head to toe to check for normal and unusual findings. Parents are encouraged to point out any physical concerns, so we can take a close look at things like skin rashes, birthmarks or worrisome bumps or lumps.

Your child's doctor will ask questions about what new things your child is doing. They may ask about behavior, diet and any general well-being concerns. This is your time to ask about the things you have been wondering about. It is a good idea to make a list prior to the visit, so that you don't forget anything. No question is too silly- we have probably heard it before! We will talk about how school or other activities are going and upcoming development to look for. The physician will also talk about dental health and age-appropriate safety concerns. For adolescent patients, they may want speak to the doctor alone to ask any questions in private. Finally, we will discuss any needed immunizations or other tests recommended for your child. Look for me to talk about age-recommended vaccines in another blog in the future.

Having regular well child visits with your child's doctor and raising the concerns that matter most to you are key ingredients to helping the doctor know you and your child and in forming a reliable and trustworthy relationship. Parents and pediatricians share the goal of healthy children - let us help you meet the needs of your child and family!

Safe Kids

Safe Kids Upstate is one of more than 450 coalitions affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. There are 15 Safe Kids coalitions in South Carolina.

Safe Kids Upstate Coalition, led by Greenville Health System Children's Hospital Children's Advocacy, consists of more than 70 community partners, who join together to fight unintentional injuries. To learn more about Safe Kids, click here.

New Impact: A Healthy Lifestyles Program

New Impact is an exciting program developed at the GHS Children's Hospital, in response to the nationwide problem of pediatric obesity. If your child is struggling with his or her weight, let us help. New Impact is a comprehensive weight management program for children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 21. We use the most current treatment techniques to offer pediatric patients effective ways to manage weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about the New Impact: A Healthier Lifestyles Program, click here.

Photos & Videos

2013 March of Dimes March for Babies Campaign "Skateland USA" Fundraising Event

Pediatric Associates - Easley/Powdersville hosted a fundraiser at Skateland USA to benefit the March of Dimes March for Babies campaign. A fun time was had by all with close to $300.00 being raised. Many thanks to everyone, who came out in support of the March of Dimes.

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March of Dimes March for Babies Campaign "Pie in the Face" Fundraising Event

Pediatric Associates - Easley pitted physicians against each other in a "pie in the face" contest to raise money for the March of Dimes March for Babies campaign. All of the physicians participated, and earned "votes" for $1 each. It was a contest to see, who could earn the most votes ($$) with the winner really being the loser, since they were awarded a "pie in the face". All total Pediatric Associates-Easley raised over $3000 for the March of Dimes!

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