March 24, 2013

Plattsburgh Pediatrics adds second office

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh Pediatrics now offers care at two offices in the City of Platsburgh.

Dr. Harold Chaskey and Dr. Clark Knutson acquired the former Rainbow Pediatrics office at 459 Margaret St. in January, and continue to provide service at their 151 Bridge St. office as well.

Dr. David Cohen of Rainbow Pediatrics announced in October that he planned to retire effective Jan. 1. That led to extensive discussions between Chaskey and Knutson on how to handle the number of families who would need to choose a new pediatrician.

“We felt the need to step up as community servants and make this work,” Knutson said.

Any of the Rainbow Pediatrics patients were free to choose one of the three pediatric practices in the area - Plattsburgh Pediatrics, Mountain View Pediatrics or Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics.

“Most stayed with us here,” Chaskey said.

An increase in staff, including a number of North Country natives, helped meet the crunch. Dr. Katherine Sullivan, a Peru High School graduate, had recently finished  her pediatrics training and expressed interest in a return to the North Country.

Danielle Baker, a registered physician assistant-certified, had expressed an interest in going from part-time to full-time. A second RPA-C, Kelley Meyer, was working in Albany. She is a Plattsburgh High School graduate who wanted to return to the area.

Family Nurse Practitioner Laurie Eamer is a Peru High School graduate. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Martha Passino is an AuSable High School graduate.

Dr. Sobia Qudsi, who provided care at Rainbow Pediatrics, said she would like to stay on after Dr. Cohen’s retirement.

Chaskey said the administrative team performed admirably in making it a smooth transition. In addition, all of the medical providers gave up their days off for the month of January.

“All of this has worked out very well to meet the needs of our pediatric patients,” Chaskey said.

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