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NICU: Who We Are

Our staff cares for critically ill newborns. We recognize you, the family, as full partners in the care of your baby. While you are here, you will meet many professionals who help care for your baby. Our team includes attending neonatologists, resident physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, social workers, chaplains, cuddlers, pediatric nurse assistants and unit clerks. In addition, physicians from specialty services may be involved in the care of your baby. We are committed to giving you complete and timely information about what is happening to your baby, and together we will plan and provide the best care for your baby and you.

Neonatologists — (312) 942-6640

Unit director — (312) 947-8840

  • Debbie Gist, RNC, BSN

Assistant unit director — (312) 947-8828

  • Jody Selenica, RNC, BS

Clinical nurse specialist — (312) 947-8826

Advanced practice nurses/neonatal nurse practitioners — (312) 947-8825

  • Mary Puchalski, MS, APN, CNS, NNP-BC, Acting Manager, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Services  
  • Dawn Brown, MS, APN, NNP-BC
  • Courtney Camp, MSN, APN, NNP-BC
  • Jennifer Carpenter, MSN, APN, NNP-BC 
  • Tiffany DeRiggi, MSN, APN, NNP-BC
  • Mary Pat Greteman, MA, APN, NNP-BC
  • Mary Hurley, MSN, APN, NNP-BC 
  • Sylbi Intarakumhang, MSN, APN, NNP-BC
  • Megan Jones, MSN, APN, NNP-BC
  • Jessica Krause, MSN, APN, NNP-BC 
  • Denise Kristen, DNP, APN, NNP-BC
  • Jill Malan, MS, APN, NNP-BC

Social workers/case Managers — (312) 947-8800

  • Caroline McInerney, LSW
  • Deirdre Soohov, LCSW

Discharge planner — (312) 947-8832 or pager 5501

  • Sarah Testa, RN, MS

Crisis counselor/stepping stones coordinator — (312) 947-8834 or pager 5065

  • Judy Friedrichs, RN, MS, CT

Professor and director for clinical research and lactation, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit — (312) 942-4932 or pager (800) 980-7478

Lactation consultants — (312) 947-8800

  • Judy Janes, RN, BSN, IBCLC
  • Kristie Kady, RNC-NIC, BSN, IBCLC
  • Katherine McGee, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Breastfeeding peer counselors — (312) 947-8800

  • Natasha Beauchamp, certified breastfeeding peer counselor
  • Krystle Ekhoff, certified breastfeeding peer counselor, IBCLC
  • Mayra Espinoza, certified breastfeeding peer counselor, IBCLC
  • LaShanna Kimmons, certified breastfeeding peer counselor, IBCLC
  • Fabiola Loera, certified breastfeeding peer counselor, IBCLC
  • Esmeralda Covarrubias, certified breastfeeding peer counselor