Letter from Dr. Floyd:
To my wonderful families and patients:
After 9 years in the Navy, I joined Dr. Francis Rushton at Beaufort Pediatrics 36 years ago. I have been privileged to work with the most dedicated doctors and most incredible nurses in our practice, and at the hospital, as we saw our town of Beaufort change and grow.
We used to joke that we loved our work so much we would only stop the day it became physically hard to run across Ribaut Rd to attend to the latest hospital emergency.
It seems that day has come.
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the practice of Pediatrics. I am now seeing our third generation of children, and have so enjoyed seeing the children grow, become young and adults, and start their own families. It has been quite a journey, and I will always be humbly honored to have been part of you and your children's care.
I leave Beaufort Pediatrics in very capable hands. Drs. Bill and Kim Martin, Dr. Yolanda Dreier, and nurse practitioners, Kristen Dalton, Iselyn Hamilton, Theresa Podbielski and Holli Jo Wilkins, with our hard working nursing and office staff will continue to offer Pediatric care to the highest standards. Dr. Kurt Ellenberger and Dr. Lawrence Coleman continue as the Pediatric hospitalists at BMH, which combined with the close relationship with the Children's Hospital at MUSC, maintains a strong network of exceptional Pediatric Care.
Over the next year I will occasionally be at the office to help fill in when a provider is ill or when the practice is short staffed. I hope to have the opportunity to stay in contact a bit as I slowly fade out.
One thing that will not change in my retirement is my, and our, commitment as advocates for the children of Beaufort. They will always be first in our thoughts and hearts.
Dr. Joseph Floyd
COVID 19 Information
Below is a letter from our providers about Children, Schools and COVID 19 as well as the AAP guidance on school re-entry.
It has always been the mission of Beaufort Pediatrics to provide quality medical care to ALL children and to create a medical home where EVERYONE can feel safe.
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE-
To our families:
As we continue through the Corona virus pandemic, we at Beaufort Pediatrics want to assure you that we are here, open and ready to care for your children. We will continue to offer essential medical services with extended hours as we follow updates from the CDC, SC DHEC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We have increased already stringent infection control procedures. Currently our waiting rooms are closed as per the CDC and DHEC guidelines and we have successfully instituted a system of calling patients directly to the exam rooms from their cars. Exam rooms and patient areas are cleaned between each patient. We do ask that families limit the number of people coming in with the child to no more than 2.
For our patients presenting with symptoms such as fever or cough, our nurses and providers will be wearing masks during their exam as we strive to keep everyone safe and practice social distancing. Any patient who has Covid concerns will be triaged and protective gear will be used.
Unfortunately, the "normal" treatable childhood illnesses do not take a holiday during pandemics. We urge our families to contact us with any illness concerns or questions as it is obviously preferable for our young patients to be seen in a controlled uncrowded office setting rather than an overwhelmed ER. Help us as we work to support the ER and Hospital during this trying time.
We urge all our families to follow CDC and SC DHEC guidelines as to hand washing and social distancing as we weather the Corona virus together.
Whether it be a hurricane, an ice storm, a bridge knocked out or a pandemic, know that we will not be deterred from our mission: first and foremost to serve the needs of the children of the Beaufort area.
The Providers and Staff of Beaufort Pediatrics