HD Pediatrics, the clinic in Stoughton that provides a new model in pediatric health care, will open its doors in August 2022.
Health care professionals will begin seeing patients with walk-in and same-day appointments, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on July 12th at 11:30 a.m, with founders Timothy DiBona and Robyn Hayes welcoming families and local officials.
The practice, a 5,000-square-foot facility at 1524 Turnpike St. in Stoughton, will serve families in Stoughton, Brockton, Sharon, Easton and other nearby communities.
DiBona, a healthcare business consultant, and Hayes, a pediatric nurse practitioner, conceived of a practice that would provide the combined approach of physical medicine supported with emotional and psychological therapy.
“When pediatricians provide medical care to patients, they are typically very ill-equipped to pick up on the signs that a child may be a candidate for mental health care,” DiBona said. “Let’s face it, determining whether a 4-year-old has anxiety is difficult. And most health care providers don’t notice or can’t figure out what to ask a child.”
Hayes, a pediatric nurse practitioner, added that the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the incidence of childhood anxiety, depression and other trauma-caused illnesses, especially in families that suffered losses and disruption.
“Professionally, families have been struggling to get kids into mental health services and are encountering long wait lists to see a mental health professional,” Hayes said. “I feel there is a giant need for kids to get these appointments right now.”
Dr. JoséAlberto Betances will join the office in the beginning of August. Betances is an English and Spanish speaker who spent his residency in social pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and has worked since 2014 as the attending physician in Pediatrics at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Cambridge.
Hayes and Betances will offer a range of pediatric services that include routine well visits, same-day telemedicine visits and same-day sick visits. Full-time mental health counseling will be offered shortly after the opening with counseling for patients as well as advising the medical staff on symptoms that might be the result of bullying at school or anxiety about world events.
The practice will provide in-house lab services later in the year to lessen waiting time and eliminate extra trips for parents. Time-pressed families will also be able to take advantage of telemedicine services during normal work hours. Additional plans are to have the practice feature a marketplace of products including provider recommended items such as child-friendly bug repellent and sunscreen, and books published by HD Pediatrics clinicians and counselors.
“We want this to be total health care for both physical and mental health concerns and be very focused to provide everything the patient needs,” DiBona said.