Penn State Health Medical Group – All About Children Family History
In 1991, Dr. Eve Kimball opened All About Children Pediatric Partners (AACPP) at 326 North Fifth Street in Reading, Pa. in a 1,200 square foot retail clothing store. The practice had brass chandeliers in the waiting room, and remodeled display cabinets became the examining tables with contour sheets made from donated sheets and “exam table” pads made from mattress “egg crates” covered with vinyl table cloths. Dr. Kimball designed the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system so that the exhaust from each examining room went directly to the outside and was not re-circulated. They have continued this important system in all AACPP offices.
As the grew, Dr. Kimball rented two apartments upstairs to accommodate billing/bookkeeping and provide a place for staff to rest and eat. Dr. Barbara Haus, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP), joined Dr. Kimball in 1993.
In 1995, AACPP grew too large for it’s quarters and moved to the former Mann School of Business/St. Joseph clinic site at 132 South Fifth Street in Reading. Dr. Kimball purchased the building and renovated it with help from a grant awarded by the City of Reading. Newly arrived CPNP Mary Schucker and the staff moved into their new quarters, which featured 3,900 square feet in space. Their second hand furniture came from the furniture outlet in West Reading. Rev. John Richter and many AACPP parents helped us the office one spring weekend in 1996, and the practice held its first Health Fair. That same year, it became the first private practice Reach Out and Read site in the nation. Since that time, AACPP has distributed more than 200,000 books to preschoolers and National Geographic magazines, books, and cookbooks to older children at their checkups and follow-up or ill visits.
As AACPP we continues to grow, it added another office in the borough of West Reading. Dr. Ayman El-Sheikh joined the team in 2000. In 2001, they moved to 301 Penn Avenue, Suite 200, after renovating it. Nurse Patti Richard (now Hamlette), her husband, Adrienne Salaneck, found additional secondhand furniture and helped stock the rooms with supplies.
The practice became All About Children Pediatric Partners PC – the name describing who the staff is: pediatricians, nurse practitioners and staff working together with children and families in both the city and the suburbs. They welcome persons from diverse backgrounds and do our best to provide state of the art, culturally appropriate services for them. Our staff reflect the diversity of our community. We are proud to have assisted many young people at the start of their careers in healthcare by employing them as summer and vacation time help. Many professionals have contributed a great deal to the Berks community through their work at AACPP.
On June 25, 2008, the team was excited to occupy their new “miracle” facilities at 655 Walnut Street (7th Avenue and Walnut Street) in West Reading. The 16,000 plus square-foot facility was remodeled especially for the practice. It was designed with infection-prevention strategies such as direct exhausting of air from patient areas to the outside, a separate waiting room for infants and children with special healthcare needs, and 28 examining rooms. AACPP care coordinators and intake coordinators have their own interviewing areas, and patients have private access to billing personnel.
In 2015, AACPP began to add original art work to the office – four murals by local artist Tammy Braunsberg inside the office and interior colors to match their pod colors. Wyomissing High School Art students and community members designed and painted 43 outside murals with the theme “Through the Lifespan”, under the guidance of Mike Miller of Berks Community Murals with creative thinking from Andrew Pochan of the Yocum Institute. Visitors should see if they can identify Beethoven’s Fifth and Brahms’ Lullaby in the clouds on the building’s parapets.
In 2019, AACPP joined Penn State Health and became Penn State Health Medical Group – All About Children, expanding children’s access to comprehensive health care services close to home. Read more about our expansion.