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Dr. Paula Brown moved her office to Oakwood Commons 2507 South Road, Floor 3 Poughkeepsie, NY.

Attention former CareMount Medical patients: A new and improved Patient Portal is here.

Now Open: Women’s Health clinical space in Poughkeepsie. Learn more

  • Monkeypox update
  • Polio Update
  • Recording/Photography Not Permitted on Premises
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Last Updated: February 5, 2023 07:38 PM
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Office Move

As of January 30, Dr. Paula Brown moved her office to Oakwood Commons 2507 South Road, Floor 3 Poughkeepsie, NY. For questions or to book an appointment, please call 1-845-471-3111

New portal for CareMount Medical patients

AttentionWe apologize for the issues our Patient Portal users have been experiencing with the transition to the new portal, especially the delay in viewing your information. Please be assured that your information is available in our electronic medical record. We are actively working with the vendor to resolve this as soon as possible and will keep you updated. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience with us.

Women’s Health suite

Now Open: Women’s Health clinical space in Poughkeepsie. Learn more

Monkeypox update

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The decision was announced in June after the WHO convened its second emergency committee.

Monkeypox is transmitted by very close contact with other people-skin to skin touching and close breathing. So to prevent it, avoid close contact and wear a mask. Abstain from high risk sexual behaviors, the most common cause of transmission.

Vaccine can be given for high risk exposures but is very limited in availability.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

Please schedule an appointment to speak with your provider if there is concern about a legitimate exposure to determine next steps.

US Monkeypox outbreak situation summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ›

Optum Monkeypox patient handout ›

Polio Update

Unfortunately, polio has returned to New York. Polio is a very contagious disease (viral) which can cause meningitis, paralysis and death.

Polio is preventable by vaccination. It should not have returned to the US. It was brought in by someone who was not vaccinated. There is no treatment for Polio.

Three quarters of people who catch polio don’t get ill but can transmit it. One quarter get a flu-like illness. As many as 1 in 200 people get paralyzed.

In the 1940’s, before vaccine became available, Polio paralyzed 35,000 people per year. When everyone was vaccinated, that number went to zero. Until now.

What can you do to be safe?

All children should get four doses of the polio vaccine. All adults should have received at least three doses of vaccine. The polio vaccine is very safe.

  • If you have never been vaccinated, do so now.
  • If you have missed doses, get them now.
  • If you are not sure if you had all the doses you need, talk to your healthcare provider.
  • There is a blood test to see if you have some immunity.
  • Adults who are at high risk can get one booster (see below).
  • We have polio vaccine available
  • Good hygiene is also important. The virus is spread by contact with saliva and feces.

High risk categories:

  • Travelers who have recently traveled or are going to areas or countries where polio is epidemic or endemic (see CDC’s website for high risk countries).
  • Laboratory and healthcare workers who handle specimens that might contain polioviruses.
  • Healthcare workers who are treating patients who could have polio or have close contact with a person who could be infected with poliovirus.
  • People who are in contact with or caring for a person who could be infected with polio or has been exposed to polio.
  • Unvaccinated adults whose children will be receiving oral poliovirus vaccine (for example, international adoptees or refugees).

Learn more about Polio from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ›

Recording/Photography Not Permitted on Premises

The privacy of our patients and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

To protect and respect patient privacy, audio/video recording and photography is not permitted during medical visits or on our premises. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please note that today, February 4th, 2023, Poughkeepsie Columbia will not have office hours. Patients can still call the office and speak to a nurse.

Patient safety is our number one priority.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Optum is offering to everyone six months and older the new Bivalent booster dose of the new COVID-19 vaccine. The new booster, also known as the “Bivalent,” gives better protection against the latest COVID-19 variants.

We now offer Pfizer Bivalent booster for children six months through four years old and the Modern Bivalent booster for children six months through five years old.

Note: Please be advised that we are no longer allowed to give the old vaccines as boosters. If you are scheduled for a booster, you will receive the Pfizer Bivalent booster, no matter which vaccine you had before. For children under five, the vaccines are not interchangeable, so the vaccine brand will remain the same throughout the entire vaccine schedule.

WALK-IN appointments are available in our six vaccine clinics or Book online now.

Optum is still offering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (initial series, not boosters) to babies and children six months of age and older at the following vaccine clinics: Fishkill Merritt, Kingston, Mount Kisco and Poughkeepsie Oakwood. Vaccines for ages five and older are available in our six vaccine clinics and are not administered through our pediatric offices. WALK-IN appointments are now available in our six COVID-19 clinics or Book online now.

Drive-Thru COVID-19 RNA testing

Optum is providing Drive-Thru COVID-19 RNA testing  (PCR or equivalent, not antigen testing) by appointment only, for patients who are going to be traveling, require a procedure, or who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  This does not include a medical evaluation. If you are experiencing any signs of illness or are sick, you cannot use this service and will need to contact your provider for an appointment and evaluation. If your test is negative, you will be notified electronically. If your test is positive, you will receive a phone call from our practice and medical evaluation will be available.

Results typically will be available in 48 hours or less.

Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Book your appointment ›

Testing is held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m and 1-5 p.m. at the locations listed below:

By appointment only.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

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If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

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