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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Our office has been receiving many calls from patients and others in the community to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. At this time our office does not have any COVID-19 vaccine in stock. We have registered our Practice as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider with the PA Dept. of Health and received a small supply of vaccines for our staff and other healthcare workers in early January.

We have communicated with the Department of Health our willingness to act as a distribution point for the vaccine moving forward; however, it is unclear when or even if we will receive additional supply due to the overwhelming demand across the state. If you are interested in being added to our waiting list of those eligible to receive the vaccine, please click here and complete the wait list form. We will communicate any future availability to those on that waiting list.

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Below is a link to the current guidance from the Department of Health regarding vaccine eligibility in the 1A category.

PA Dept of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information

12/16 & 12/17 Inclement Weather

All Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics offices will be closing early for in-person appointments on Wednesday, December 16th 2020 due to the inclement weather and will re-open at 1:00 PM on Thursday December 17th, 2020. Telemedicine appointments are available during our normal operating hours for patients with acute concerns.

In order to schedule a telemedicine appointment with our office during this weather event, please text your child’s name and date of birth to (855) 920-5800. Our staff will respond during our office hours to schedule an appointment for your child.

Dr. Halpern Retirement

It is with mixed emotions, but warm wishes, that we announce the retirement of Dr. Janis Halpern from Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics.  Dr. Halpern has been a valued member of our medical staff since acquiring Langhorne Pediatrics in 2013.  Dr. Halpern has been a practicing pediatrician in the Bucks County area for over 36 years and has cared for thousands of patients along with many second-generation patients.  We are so grateful for her years of dedicated service and wish her a happy and healthy retirement! 

Below is a letter from Dr. Halpern to her patients:

May 6th, 2020

Dear Patient,

Yesterday I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life.  I decided to retire.  If the present circumstances were different, I would have preferred to say goodbye to all of my patients in person.  While I’m fortunate to have remained very healthy throughout these difficult times, I’ve decided to take this opportunity to focus on spending more time with my family.

I am so grateful to each of you for allowing me to take care of your children over the past 36 years.  I  will always cherish the wonderful personal connections that I have made.  I look forward to running into many of you in the community for years to come. 

I know you will continue to receive excellent medical care from my colleagues at Margiotti and Kroll Pediatrics.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Dr. Halpern


As you may have seen, outpatient laboratories have recently started offering both antibody (also referred to as serology) and at home nasal swab testing for COVID-19. While we understand the importance of access to RELIABLE testing to make informed decisions about you and your child’s health, these options are concerning to our providers.

Since testing became available in the healthcare setting, we’ve been performing the (nasopharyngeal) swab testing at our office on patients for whom it was appropriate to test. We plan to continue this practice throughout the remainder of this pandemic or until a better test is available to assist in the diagnosis of an active COVID-19 infection.

Antibody testing became available in outpatient healthcare facilities this past week, including in our offices. This test can be helpful in determining the presence of certain antibodies. It is important to note that a positive test of these antibodies MAY indicate prior exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, we are still unsure if the presence of these antibodies indicates immunity to COVID-19 in the future.

Given all of this information, it is critical that you continue to rely on trusted information sources, in collaboration with our team of medical professionals, to determine the best course of action for your children relative to testing for COVID-19. If you have questions about testing your children, please call our office so our providers can discuss these options with you individually. If your child does need to be tested, we will schedule an appointment in our office for the procedure.

Thank you for continuing to trust in our medical home for your children, especially in these difficult times!


Important Update Regarding COVID-19 – March 30th, 2020

In line with the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding the importance of continuing well-child care during the current pandemic, we have reserved ALL appointments in our Newtown Office and the 1st Floor of our Trevose Office for well-child visits only.

In our Valley Square, Northeast, and St. Mary Offices we will continue to see only well-child visits in the afternoon once all of the offices have been fully sanitized from the morning appointments.

Upon arriving for any appointment in our office, please call the office at 215-491-5222 or any of our main office numbers. All patients and visitors to our offices will continue to be screened by phone and check-in from their car upon their arrival.

When directed to enter the office, all patients and visitors will have their temperature taken to ensure that it is safe to enter the offices where well children are being seen. Please note that anyone with a fever will not be permitted to enter the well visit offices under this temporary restriction.

In order to accommodate only well-child appointments, walk-in hours in our Newtown Office have been suspended until further notice. Walk-In appointments are still available in all other offices as normally scheduled; however, please remember to call our office from your car upon arrival to check-in. Please DO NOT enter the office without calling first.

As a reminder, telemedicine appointments are now available with our Providers! If you would like to have your child seen via telemedicine, please contact our office to set up an appointment today! There is no need to pre-register for this service, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the link to see our Providers upon scheduling. Appointments require a smart device or computer with a video camera and microphone.

Thank you all for continuing to place your trust in our Practice to care for your children during these difficult times!

Information Regarding COVID-19 and MK Peds – Updated 3/18/2020

March 18th, 2020

Dear Parent/Patient,

We are reaching out today to provide additional updates on the actions taken by our Practice during this challenging COIVD-19 situation.

Our doctors are continuing to stay up to date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We are doing everything possible to ensure that we are able to continue caring for our patients throughout the remainder of this pandemic. As we have announced previously, it has been necessary to make certain operational adjustments in our offices to ensure the continued safety of our patients and staff. We want to thank all of our patients for their continued understanding and flexibility with these adjustments!

In a continued effort to care for all of our patients, while also doing our part to stop the spread of this virus, we have made some additions to our previous list of modifications:

COMING TO OUR OFFICE – PLEASE DO NOT enter any of our offices without calling first if you have concerns related to COVID-19, have a known (or likely) exposure, OR if you have symptoms consistent with the virus (i.e. fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). This includes not utilizing our walk-in hours for any of these circumstances.

PHONE CALLS – We continue to screen all patient calls for potential risk exposure to COVID-19 to ensure that patients with a known (or likely) exposure are not coming into the office without the appropriate precautions.

WELL VISITS – It is important to remember that timely well child care is a cornerstone of keeping our children healthy. Even throughout times of widespread disease or illness, it is vital to limit a child’s risk by remaining up to date on all preventive care. To ensure that we can continue to provide these services without interruption, we have modified our well visit schedules to limit these appointments to the afternoon only. During these times there will be no scheduled sick appointments in our offices. Further, in order to ensure that our offices remain safe for your children, our offices are being thoroughly disinfected multiple times daily.

OUR STAFF – We have an extremely dedicated group of providers and staff members who remain committed to your child’s health throughout this pandemic. We are taking every necessary precaution to ensure that our staff remain able to continue to provide care. Each staff member has their temperature taken and is screened prior to the start of their shift to ensure that they are not at higher risk of spreading the virus.

VISITORS – Throughout the remainder of this pandemic, we are limiting the number of people who can accompany a patient during their visit to one parent/guardian. We recognize that in certain circumstances it may be necessary to bring siblings with you to facilitate a visit; however, if there are any alternative arrangements that can be made to avoid this, please do so.

TELEMEDICINE – In an effort to continue providing all of our patients access to your trusted health care providers, Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics will begin to offer telemedicine services on Monday, March 23rd. It is our hope that this service offering will provide patients who otherwise could come in to one of our offices the ability to consult with our providers via a secure platform. While a telemedicine visit is not a replacement for an in-office (face to face) appointment with our providers, we hope this technology will allow us to address certain focused concerns for our patients during these difficult times. Examples of some appointment reasons that may be appropriate for telemedicine visits are:
o Evaluation for COVID-19 related concerns;
o Routine ADD/ADHD medication checks;
o Cold symptoms with NO respiratory difficulty or fever;
o Pink eye with NO fever;
o Allergy symptoms;
o Localized rashes;
o Vomiting and/or diarrhea with NO constant and/or severe pain;
o Concussions;
o Feeding difficulties.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Practice has always made sure that all decisions related to medical care were done in the best interest of our patients. Beginning a telemedicine offering will not change this commitment. Our providers will not compromise their standard of excellent medical care during these challenging times. We feel strongly that the risk of compromising our medical care poses a much higher risk to our patients than that of a poor outcome from contracting COVID-19. That said, despite our best efforts to address a patient’s concern via telemedicine, there may be instances where our providers are not able to fully resolve an issue. In these circumstances, we will explain why an in-person visit is necessary to address the patient’s complaint appropriately.

MEDICAL HOME – Please continue to remember that Margiotti & Kroll Pediatrics is your medical home, especially in times like these! It is important not to go to the emergency department or urgent care center without calling our office first! We are your doctors and we want to make sure you are getting the most appropriate care while also not overwhelming our local resources.

TRUSTED INFORMATION – We recognize that there is a lot of information available regarding COVID-19. Please be sure to utilize trusted information sources for your information such as the CDC, AAP, and your local health departments.

Quality patient care is and will continue to be our top priority as we continue to navigate these difficult times. We sincerely appreciate the privilege of being your trusted provider of care to your child(ren) and we thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation and flexibility.

Letter to Patients Re: COVID-19 Operational Changes