La Red Serves all Families in Need

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lJames Boyton II, a patient of La Red Health Center, moved to Delaware from upstate New York several years ago. His first experience in his new home state was challenging as his two children became sick for the first time in their new home. With no health care for the family established yet, the Boyton family could not find a doctor’s office that would accommodate their needs.

“We had just moved here and didn’t have any healthcare arranged. Every doctor I called told me they couldn’t see me immediately and that I may have to wait several days. As you can imagine, dealing with two sick children even for a few hours is difficult,” Mr. Boyton said. “I called La Red and they saw us immediately. We have been patients ever since and I cannot thank them enough for the services they have provided for my family and I.”

Now with three children, James and wife take full advantage of the health cate services from La Red as all five members of the family receive care including visits for overall, pediatric and oral health.

“With young kids it seems like one of us always needs a visit to La Red,” said James. “The family practice helps us with health check ups, shots and blood work and soon these three will be coming to La Red for dentistry.”

At La Red, each patient has a direct relationship with a medical provider who coordinates a cooperative team of healthcare professionals, including integrated behavioral health. The team takes collective responsibility for the patients care and arranges for additional medical services with other providers as necessary. Since the center accepts most major insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid, services are available for patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Family Practitioner Nieves Zaldivar, M.D., F.A.A.P., helps the Boytons as their young family continues to grow. Dr. Zaldivar has over 30 years experience as a clinician and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She comes to La Red from Nemours Pediatric Clinics in Milford where she was a Staff Physician. She has received numerous honors including being a Herman Muehlstein Scholar at the Muehlstein Foundation in New York and has authored and published many papers including The Impact of Welfare Sanctions on the Health of Infants and Toddlers.

“I am excited to bring my extensive experience as a clinician and as an administrator to La Red Health Care Center,” said Dr. Zaldivar. “I believe that the diverse children of Sussex County deserve the very best healthcare.”

Dr. Z, as many of her patients call her, enjoys working with children and says that after 30 years in the medical field, it is the young patients that keep her practicing into her forth decade in family care. “I love children. They can get sick quickly but they also bounce back to health very quickly; they also do not complain as much as adults,” commented Dr. Zaldivar with a laugh. “I enjoy working with La Red, they are not looking for money but truly at taking care of the children.”

La Red Healthcare in Milford is open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM until 5 PM and is accepting new patients. For more information or to make an appointment, families and individuals can call 302-855-1233 or visit them online at www.La Redhealthcenter.org.