News from Bluffton Pediatrics

  • Michelle Tegenkamp, APRN-CNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practiioner Michelle Tegenkamp will begin seeing pediatric patients--newborn to 21 years old--at Bluffton Pediatrics on September 4, 2019.

    Michelle has more than 20 years oxperience providing excellent medical and nursing care to children and young adults. She is highly skilled in appropriate diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses in children as well as assisting parents in all aspects of wellness care.

    A 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Michelle has also been a member of the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners since 2004.

  • Expanding access to APRN care

    May 16, 2018

    Here’s how to send a note to your Ohio State Legislator asking them to improve access to care by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Ohio.

    What’s Happening: Legislation will be introduced in the Ohio Senate next week by Senator Frank Hoagland, which would update Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) practice regulations by retiring the mandated signed physician contract. This legislation will improve access to health care services in the state of Ohio at this crucial time.

    Currently, Ohio law that says an APRN must have a Standard Care Arrangement (SCA) with a collaborative physician to be able to practice in Ohio. This law restricts access to health care by maintaining a barrier that is not needed. I collaborate daily with other healthcare professionals to create the best plan of care for each patient, i.e., pediatric specialty physicians and APRNs, occupational, physical, and speech therapists, chiropractors, dieticians, audiologists, social workers, psychologists, the Parent Mentor, etc.  I collaborate with others because it takes more than one specialist to provide excellent health care.

    Your Response:  It’s easy to find your state senator and ask them to co-sponsor Senator Hoagland’s bill.

    This OHIOSENATE.GOV LINK will identify your state senator. Just type in your address and your senator’s name will pop up. 

    Click on your senator.

    Click "email the senator" and fill out your name and address along with zip code.

    Use the template provided to send your Senator a message. For example, “Please sign on as a co-sponsor to the legislation that will be introduced next week by Senator Frank Hoagland, which will update APRN practice regulations to retire the mandated signed physician contract. This legislation will improve access to health care services in the state of Ohio at this crucial time.”

    When you comment DONE on our Facebook post, it lets us know you support APRNs and healthcare consumers in our wonderful state of Ohio.

    Thank you,

    Beth Bish, CNP and co-owner of Bluffton Pediatrics

    505 E Jefferson St, Bluffton, OH 45817

    (419) 549-5865

    Printable PDF Instructions


  • Local businesses go together like biscotti and coffee

    Bluffton Pediatrics and Twisted Whisk Cafe: We go together like biscotti and coffee.

    Check out our new cup sleeves at 101 N Main St, Bluffton. Mmm.

Information and Alerts

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    When it's cold, icy, and snowy, Miss Beth hears lots of concerns about how to dress children, treat chapped skin, and prevent frostbite.

    Check these tips from (click READ MORE below) and stay in touch––we're here for you!

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    Do you know what to do for a burn and when they require medical attention? Nationwide Children's Hospital can refresh your knowledge!