Personalized Health Care for Bainbridge Island

Pediatrics FAQ

Click on each of the questions below to reveal the answers.

Question 1: How will Member Plus Family Health benefit the health of my newborn infant, toddler or pre-school child?

Many families find that overseeing both the health of the child and the well-being of the mother, in tandem, especially during the earliest months of the newborn, has a highly positive effect on childrearing and overall family wellness. Dr.Keyes and Dr. Crandell combine more than six decades of pediatric expertise across the full spectrum of early childhood health and development and believe that their multi-specialty training provides them a more comprehensive perspective that takes the total health of the child into account. Under the Member Plus Family Health system, the ability of our doctors to spend more quality time in diagnosing and treating young patients, and to visit children in their home environment whenever necessary, engenders a level of care that is simply unsurpassed.

Question 2: What is the difference between having my child cared for by a family doctor at Member Plus Family Health compared to a pediatrician?

There are several things that stand out about choosing a board certified family physician for your family’s pediatric care. Just like a pediatrician, family doctors have had a minimum of three years of specialty training following medical school. But a family practice residency program covers a lot more than a pediatric one. Family medicine residents train in pediatrics and several other areas such as internal medicine, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology or endocrinology. Furthermore, members of the American Academy of Family Practice must take 150 hours of continuing medical education every three years.

Another advantage of choosing a family physician is that your entire family can be cared for by the same doctor who knows each of you both on a clinical and on a personal basis. This is a great advantage when it comes to diagnosing and treating ill family members. It is also a big plus if and when a mother has another baby. In that case, your doctor is already aware of the family history and will know exactly what to look for.

Question 3: What other advantages does Member Plus Family Health offer your growing family on Bainbridge Island?

Bainbridge Island is a unique and special community, both geographically and culturally. Within our island ecosystem, a first-hand knowledge of our pre-schools, elementary schools, community events and recreational activities as well as seasonal conditions and the kind of flora, fauna, “bugs” and viruses that race and ferry lanes our classrooms is invaluable. Drs. Keyes and Crandell are not only admired members of our island’s professional community but respected parents as well.

Did someone say island schools?

Dr. Keye’s wife, Pam Keyes, has been serving the communication needs of the Bainbridge Island School District as the district’s Community Relations Coordinator for over ten years. The relationships between members of the Member Plus Family Health staff and our community are precious. Once you join this growing family you will feel the warmth and compassion we feel for our fellow Bainbridge islanders.

Question 4: What are some of the major issues in pediatrics today that Member Plus Family Health is paying close attention to?

Childhood obesity and other chronic health conditions including the continuing growth in childhood asthma, as well as the growth in mental health conditions and developmental conditions like autism are three or four major epidemics that are growing among children and adolescents. The prevalence of these conditions has increased alarmingly in their prevalence over the last decade. Conditions like depression and ADHD, and things like autism and other neurodevelopment disorders are areas where we are continually monitoring research and progress. We are dedicated to providing the kind of care that Bainbridge Island children and their families need in not only these areas but in other emerging trends that affront our children.