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March 24, 2013

Plattsburgh Pediatrics adds second office

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PLATTSBURGH —

The partners like to say they offer care from pre-natal stage through the end of college. 

“We encourage moms to come in for pre-natal visits,” Chaskey said.

Knutson said they encourage prospective patients to visit all three local practices before choosing a provider. 

Chaskey was originally from Plattsburgh. He returned to the area and joined the pediatric practice of Dr. John Tanner and Dr. Frank Ryan in 1985.

In 1996, Chaskey decided to start his own practice, Plattsburgh Pediatrics. He rented space at the CVPH Medical Complex in 1998 and later opened the Bridge Street office.

Knutson came to Plattsburgh as the Hospital Commander at Plattsburgh Air Force Base in 1989. After stops at other installations, he returned to Plattsburgh and then joined Plattsburgh Pediatrics in 1999.

Knutson said community involvement is a big part of the philosophy at the practice. The staff are involved in a wide variety of charitable organizations.

They also hold a charitable luncheon once a month. Employees can participate in a dress-down day for $5, with proceeds donated to a different charity. 

The practice is affiliated with CVPH Medical Center through its pediatric floor and the Center for Women and Children.

Plattsburgh Pediatrics is a participant in the Adirondack Regional Medical Home initiative. The program focuses on a preventative rather than a reactionary approach to health care.

For pediatricians, that includes a focus on issues such as obesity and asthma. Knutson said they prefer to see patients in the pediatric office rather than the emergency room.

He said all of the nurses there are trained in pediatrics, and are well-versed in dealing with parents and children.

“We think better care is delivered by that teamwork,” he said.

The partners encourage people to have a yearly check-up. For younger patients, that can avoid a  last-minute appointment to get medical clearance to participate in sports. 

Plattsburgh Pediatrics has about 30 full- and part-time employees and is accepting new patients. The office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

A pediatrician from one of the three pediatric practices is on call 24 hours a day, a partnership that is entering its third year.

The practice takes most forms of medical insurance.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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