Local children are back from vacation and heading back to school, which means their days will be spent surrounded by others and the germs that naturally accompany kids and learning settings. Whether sick with a sore throat or injured at soccer practice, an unwell child is inevitable at times, and expert care can help quickly get them back to the classroom or the field. New Orleans is full of healthcare professionals who can advise parents when illness or injury strikes. From specialized pediatricians to knowledgeable pharmacists, quality care is just around the corner. Thinking about donating blood this season? Remember that children can also benefit from your or your organization’s blood donation. Contact your local blood center to find out how you can help.  Explore the offerings of local healthcare professionals and find helpful resources in children’s health and wellness.


Because medical concerns can arise at any time, Children’s Hospital New Orleans is making access to its pediatricians more convenient than ever. Virtual Care allows parents to connect with a Children’s Hospital provider during business hours and also in the evenings and on weekends. The app allows families to receive expert pediatric care via secure video connection from anywhere in Louisiana.

Virtual Care benefits include seeing a provider when most convenient, not having to pack up the kids and spend time traveling or waiting in a crowded waiting room, and having a specialist referral or a prescription called in from the comfort of home.

To learn more or to download the Children’s Hospital Virtual Care app, visit To reach Children’s Hospital’s After Hours walk-in clinics in Metairie and River Ridge, visit

For more information about Children’s Hospital, visit


Did you know that every three seconds someone needs blood? A non-profit community service organization, The Blood Center has a long-standing tradition of providing quality blood products to over 30 regional health facilities.

Blood shortages typically occur during the summer season when schools are out and families are taking vacations. Your business or organization could help combat shortages—donating blood is a great team building exercise for organizations both big and small. If you can get 25 or more people sign up to save a life, The Blood Center will help you host a blood drive and send a team to your business, school, civic, or religious center. If you’re a small group, visiting one of their dozen fixed site locations in Southeastern Louisiana or Southern Mississippi is easy and convenient.

Visit to find a blood drive or donor center near you, and consider calling 800-86-BLOOD to organize your own blood drive.


NOLA Discount Pharmacy is proud to continue the tradition of offering the Greater New Orleans area a local, family-owned drugstore with superior customer service and discount prices. In addition to filling your prescriptions in 15 minutes or less, they offer immunizations, compounding, and unique over-the-counter items. The stores feature an extensive retail selection with your favorite local and national brands, and if they don’t have it, they will special order it for you.

NOLA Discount Pharmacy accepts all insurance plans and offers affordable cash prices on prescriptions. Transferring your prescriptions is quick and easy—just speak with a friendly staff member by calling one of their three convenient locations: 504-888-9411 (4305 Clearview Parkway), 504-835-6060 (1107 Veterans Memorial Blvd.) or 985-307-0800 (3001 Ormond Blvd. in Destrehan).

NOLA Discount Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. More information and prescription refill services available at


For nearly 20 years, Dr. Jason Parker has been taking care of the dental needs for children of all ages with gentleness and compassion. Patients travel from within a 45-mile radius of his Metairie, Covington, and Slidell offices to see him and his incredible staff.

“The key is having an energetic, friendly, experienced staff that creates a relaxed, positive and fun experience for every child,” says Dr. Parker.

In 2008, Parker received the New Dentist Award from the Louisiana Dental Association. Throughout his career, he has extended care beyond his practice with a number of philanthropic endeavors. As chairman for the 2007 March of Dimes Gala, he raised $7,000 for neonatal research. Parker has also been involved in many levels of organized dentistry; he has served as chairman for Children’s Dental Health Month for the New Orleans Dental Association, helped to produce a documentary with the American Dental Association, and is a 2019 Honoree for the American Cancer Society Belles & Beaus Gala.

To schedule an appointment for your child or for more information, visit

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