Integrated health option now available for families in Hastings

Integrated Pediatrics opened its doors in October of 2021, and on Thursday night they invited the public into the offices to look around.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 9:49 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Integrated Pediatrics opened its doors in October of 2021, but on Thursday night they invited the public into their offices to look around.

The medical office is doing something interesting by taking physicians from different disciplines and putting them under one roof. This way, families can see a doctor for their physical needs, and a psychologist for their mental ones in the same building.

They hope that the unique dynamic of their practice will help improve youth mental health since COVID was not kind to children’s mental health.

The American Psychological Association reported a hospital in Chicago found 71% of parents thought the pandemic took a toll on their kids’ mental health.

The medical professionals at Integrated Pediatrics have witnessed the mental health struggles of local children first-hand, but they also said parents can help spot signs of declining mental health in their little ones.

“Commonly in kids, they’ll complain of headaches or stomach aches, so that’s definitely a sign of anxiety, there are a lot of mental health needs so it’s nice to have them right there available to us if we need them,” physician Noelle Sherrets-Ratigan said.

Physicians at the practice also told Local4 News, that COVID caused an unfortunate rise in mental issues among youth.

“They were nervous about their parents and grandparents getting sick, and when they had no idea what was going to change in the next minute, it caused a lot of problems for kids,” Nikki Pfeil said.

Some of the physicians now working for Integrated Pediatrics used to work together at Children and Adolescent Clinic Hastings.

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