GIFFORD - Treasure Coast Community Health will hold an open house in celebration of a new pediatric wing at their Gifford Health Center on Sat., May 7 from 10 a.m.-noon. Light refreshments will be served.

The new pediatric wing encompasses 1,880 square feet, with four pediatric exam rooms specifically designed to accommodate families.

“A private entrance creates a child-friendly, safe space,” said Gifford Site Manager Sofia Juarez. “Children are separate from the adult population and, because children are often at the doctor for a well-child visit, they have limited exposure to illness.” Infants build their immune systems as they grow and are therefore taken to an exam room as quickly as possible upon arrival.

The Moonshot Community Action Network will host a Faces of Early Literacy event during the open house. These events feature pictures of young readers and bring awareness to the Moonshot Moment goal of 90% of kindergarteners reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Their bookmobile will offer free books during the open house. A healthy child is better able to grow, learn and succeed during each step of life.

At the Gifford Health Center, Board Certified pediatrician Stefania Saint-Hilaire, MD works side by side with two medical assistants to care for patients in an efficient manner. While Dr. Saint-Hilaire is attending to one patient, the medical assistants are readying patients, taking labs, administering immunizations, and scheduling follow up appointments.

An on-site pharmacy next to the pediatric wing has most medications ready before families leave the facility. The pharmacy has free and deeply discounted medications to assist all families with affordable prescriptions. Additionally, if a doctor has a question, they can immediately speak directly to the pharmacists.

The Gifford location also offers on-site lab services, behavioral and mental health counseling. Thanks to a grant from Indian River Impact 100, affordable vision services will be available in the near future. This centralized location has ample parking with handicapped spots directly outside the pediatric wing and main entrance.

TCCH accepts almost all insurance plans and offers a sliding fee discount.

The TCCH Gifford Health Center is located at 4675 28th Ct., Gifford.

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