Mercy Establishes Franklin County Pediatrics in Washington

January 7, 2011


Mercy opened Franklin County Pediatrics

in Washington with, from left, Certified

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Andrea

Keune, Dr. Douglas Durand and

Dr. Jerry Allen.

Mercy has expanded services in the Franklin County communities once again by establishing Mercy - Franklin County Pediatrics with Drs. Jerry Allen and Douglas Durand and Andrea Keune, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP). The office is located in Suite 300 in the Mercy Medical Building Washington, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington.

Dr. Allen is a long-time member of the area’s medical community. He is thought to be Washington’s first pediatrician in private practice, having started in 1977 after serving in the Air Force. Dr. Allen earned his medical education at the University of Missouri in Columbia and completed his residency at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis. He is board certified in pediatrics.

“The key to a good pediatrician-parent partnership is to listen to parents and be attentive to what they are saying. Parents know their children best and they certainly know when something is not right,” said Dr. Allen, who is an advocate for immunizations. “The most important thing I am responsible for is giving children their immunizations. Immunizations are amazing gifts brought to us by medical science and they have saved or improved the quality of life for a countless number of children around the world.”

Dr. Allen and his wife Jennifer have a baby girl. Jennifer is a family nurse practitioner and medical student. Dr. Allen has four adult children from a previous marriage.

Dr. Durand earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2005 and graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his internship and residency through Saint Louis Children’s Hospital - Washington University. He completed one year of pediatric hematology, oncology, blood and bone marrow transplantation fellowship at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin before deciding to pursue a career in general pediatrics. Dr. Durand is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

“My role as a pediatrician is to be that child's health advocate,” said Dr. Durand. “I employ evidence-based medicine when I make recommendations for pediatric care including prescribing medications, ordering tests and utilizing referral services. However, I feel that medical care should be individualized as much as possible to meet the specific needs of the patient and family.”

Dr. Durand and his wife Meghan are planning to move to Eureka.

The office is also staffed by Andrea Keune, CPNP. Keune can treat patients and prescribe medicatiosns for illnesses such as ear, upper respiratory and urinary tract infections, and pneumonia, perform wellness exams for all ages, newborn checkups and more.

The Mercy Multispecialty Group is a physician-governed group practice composed of board-certified and board-eligible primary care physicians affiliated with Mercy Hospital. More than 200 physicians and nurse practitioners emphasize wellness and preventive medicine. The group operates 65 offices in the St. Louis metropolitan area and one of the largest groups of general pediatricians in the region.

Specialties include: Allergy and Immunology; Cardiology; Clinical Research; Endocrinology; Family Medicine; General Surgery; Geriatrics; Headache Management; Heart and Vascular Surgery; Hospice and Palliative Care; Internal Medicine; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Oncology; Pediatrics; and Sports Medicine.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment at Franklin County Pediatrics, call 636-390-8555.

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