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About the Pediatric Health Center
NAM’s Pediatric Health Center has been serving the community for nearly 25 years and offers high-quality medical care to children of all ages. The center provides a full range of services, from preventative to acute care, and was recently recognized by Superior HealthPlan as a Foster Care Center of Excellence – making it one of only two providers in Houston to receive this honor.
The center consists of a unique partnership between NAM and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). While providing excellent care for its patients, the center also serves as a training facility for UTHealth Science Center students, as well as students attending other local universities and community colleges.
NAM’s Pediatric Health Center offers the Pediatric Intensive Case Management Program, which provides a new standard of care for children dealing with chronic illnesses. The program consists of a comprehensive approach that allows the health center’s medical staff to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor, implement and evaluate the options and services to treat chronic illnesses in ways that meet the health needs of the individuals and their families.
The health center also offers a variety of initiatives, including the Healthy Living Program. During this eight-week program, children and their parents learn about nutrition and healthy living habits. The program is based on the “We Can” curriculum from the National Institute of Health, which addresses childhood obesity by focusing on education and encouraging participants to make better eating choices and increase physical activity. Through this Community-Centered Health Homes initiative, NAM’s Pediatric Health Center provides wellness and preventative health services to the community.
All insurance plans, including Medicaid and CHIP are accepted. Families without insurance pay a fee based on a sliding scale. High-quality, combined with affordability, places NAM’s Pediatric Health Center among Houston’s top-choice providers of pediatric care.
Through its Reach Out & Read Program, the health center prescribes that parents read to their children for 20 minutes each day. The Pediatric Health Center provides books to all patients through donations from the Rotary Club of Willowbrook, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, individuals and businesses.
Just before school starts each year, the center offers Shot Blitz, a low-cost vaccination program that provides immunizations at $10 per child regardless of how many vaccines are needed.
Honors and Awards
NAM’s Pediatric Health Center received the Quality Award for Excellence from 2013-2015 in four domains of quality: Well Child Care, Adolescent Well Care, Treatment of Respiratory Illness, and Asthma.
In March 2018, the health center was recognized by Superior HealthPlan as a Foster Care Center of Excellence.
In addition, Dr. Lisa de Ybarrondo, pediatrician at NAM’s Pediatric Health Center, was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas Medical School for excelling in their teaching of medical students.
When Maria’s baby girl was just four months old, she was diagnosed with Glycogen Storage Disease Type Ib, which interferes with how the body turns food into energy. Doctors at Memorial Hermann referred Maria to the Pediatric Health Center at NAM to help manage and care for her daughter’s special needs.
Today that little girl, Genesis, is a beautiful, curious five-year-old and a caring sister to her two younger brothers. All three children receive their medical care from the Pediatric Health Center.
“It’s a good clinic,” says Maria, who is a single mom. “Honestly it’s been hard, but they’ve helped me a lot with Genesis.”
Maria gives her daughter daily shots to boost her white blood cells, and a home nurse is present Monday through Friday to give Genesis the IV nutrition she needs every few hours. NAM’s Pediatric Health Center helps coordinate those supplies and services, as well as appointments with specialists.
The health center was also there to help when bed bugs found their way into Maria’s home. Infection from the insects could have been fatal for Genesis, so the center’s new Pediatric Intensive Case Management program paid for pest control services, and then replaced all of the family’s furnishings. New beds were purchased, a family at one of NAM’s IHN congregations donated living room and dining furniture, and NAM’s resale store came through with the remaining items.
And because of neighbors helping neighbors, one very special little girl receives life-saving help.
Pediatric Health Center Proud Sponsor
Lisa de Ybarrondo, MD
Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston
Education & Background:
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Patricia Dark is the Nurse Practitioner at NAM's Pediatric Health Center. She comes to NAM from Huntsville Memorial Hospital where she cared for underserved patients in a rural clinic setting. She obtained her Masters in Nursing from Walden University and trained in South Carolina. She was an emergency room registered nurse for nearly a decade and has worked in various emergency rooms across the U.S. as a travel nurse.
Abiya Malhotra, MHA
Abiya (or Abi) is the Director of NAM’s Pediatric Health Center. Abi comes to NAM with five years of experience in medical practice management and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Abi believes in providing accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to our patients and hopes to thrive as a community leader for NAM.