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UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2023
EXCITING NEWS!!! As of Wednesday, September 20, 2023, a new service will be starting to help our patients with registering, entering historical information updates, and completing surveys requested to be filled out at well and some other office visits.
Want to SAVE TIME at your next visit?
As of Wednesday, September 20, 2023, we will now offer improved mobile registration, which allows you to confirm your appointment via text message or email and check in online prior to your appointment.
You can also check in on your own device when you arrive. Just PLEASE MAKE SURE we have your up-to-date email address and cell phone number.
You asked, we listened! Right from the Start Pediatrics (RFTS) will now have a faster registration experience. You can check in before your appointment from your computer, tablet or smartphone. We’ll send you a registration link a few days before your appointment, and there is no login required! You will just have to follow the link.
This is a partnership with Phreesia to bring improvements to our existing technology and IMPROVE your experience with us. This will save you time and eliminate the need for you to complete any paperwork when you arrive for your appointment. That information will be added to the chart and Dr. Morra and staff can review all of this as needed prior to or during your appointment.
If any questions arise, or you have any technical difficulties, please speak to someone in the office and we will be glad to help you.
Thanks, and have a great and healthy day!!!
Some other updates:
The Illinois Department of Public Health sends us guidelines regarding COVID-19 that frequently change and we are here to pass them on so you and your children remain safe.
Masking is now optional - we ask that if you are sick, remain masked, and wear a mask if ever you would feel more comfortable doing so.
We continue to recommend hand sanitizing, surface disinfection and social distancing.
We recommend that you get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. It is currently available to children and adolescents 6 months and up. Storage requirements dictate that we provide you with locations where your child/children can receive the vaccine.
A FLU CLINIC WILL BE SET UP IN THE NEAR FUTURE. LOOK FOR UPDATES CONCERNING THIS.
FLU SHOTS ARE AVAILABLE AT ANY VISIT (OTHER THAN SOME SICK VISITS) - THIS WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2023.
We will attempt to take you from the waiting room into an exam room as quickly as possible.
We do keep designated sick and well exam rooms as much as practical.
Surveys can now be completed with the assistance of our new Phreesia patient registration options.
Special note regarding pre-teenagers and teenagers' surveys. The questionnaires for adolescents include very sensitive topics, but topics that need to be addressed by a child's pediatrician. Depression, suicide risk, anxiety, cigarette/drug use, sexual activity, etc. are all addressed, starting at around age 12. If these surveys seem to contain material that you consider too sensitive, we ask that you complete the first time with your child. Ideally, though, the questionnaires should be filled out by the child independently. Questioning in these areas are standard pediatric care and should be done to help keep our children safe.
Physical exam and immunizations will be done as efficiently as possible.
Policies regarding COVID-19 testing change often. Please call the office or refer to the CDC web site if you have any questions. Schools may have their own policies as well, of which you should be familiar.
After hours, I will continue to use the St. Louis Children's, Molina or Meridian phone numbers.
Call or email us with any questions.
PS - Check out our practice on Facebook and Instagram as many updates will be included there. This web site is maintained by Dr. Morra, and he often posts on Facebook/Instagram at the same time, so one of these places will have updates. Of course, you can always call the office if you have any questions.
PPS - If you have a particularly pleasant experience with us, please consider leaving a positive review on Facebook, Instagram, and any of the numerous "doctor rating" web sites such as Healthgrades, Google, Bing, BetterDoctor, U.S. News or any others of your choosing. Thank you! We hope positive experiences are common here - please share them, as it is nice to hear nice things from our families :)
Welcome to Right from the Start Pediatrics! If you are looking for accessible pediatric care, a child-friendly environment, and a responsive team of office staff, nurses, nurse practitioners and a board-certified pediatrician, you have found the right place. Most of us our parents ourselves and we know how important it is to have a trustworthy and competent group of people who can provide quality health care to our children. We love children, whether they are our own or someone else’s, and we aim to have a positive impact on their lives by providing exceptional care and compassionate service to those children and their families.
At Right from the Start Pediatrics, we offer a full-range of pediatric services, including prenatal visits for expectant parents, well-child checkups, immunizations and sick appointments. Our caring team is committed to providing quality service in a comfortable, safe office setting where children and parents can feel at ease. We also try to equip parents with the tools and resources necessary for the growth and development of their children from birth to adolescence.
We invite you to browse our new and improved web site and familiarize yourself with our practice. We hope that its many pages of information will serve as a valuable resource. You will find all of the helpful information you need about our practice, including biographies of our providers, service details, financial information, directions to our Breese and Shiloh offices, and new patient forms .
We look forward to accompanying you on your journey through parenthood as you and your child move along a path to optimal health, growth and development. Right from the Start Pediatrics aims to be just that, the right choice you make for your child, from the start of their lives to their young adulthood. We hope we exceed your expectations. For questions or to schedule a visit, contact our office today!