Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
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at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Social Work

What We Do
We are a team of Master’s prepared social workers (MSW), either clinically licensed or certified, providing social work services at Children's Hospital. We provide specialized services to children and families and are a member of the medical team. Our expertise and contributions to the patient’s care involve psychological and social impact of the health care needs on the family system.

Our services include:

  • Comprehensive psychosocial assessments
  • Crisis intervention
  • Patient and family short-term counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Information and referral to hospital and community resources
  • Liaison with community agencies
  • Assessments for suspected abuse or neglect
  • Discharge evaluation regarding impact on family
  • Financial resources
  • Ongoing psychosocial services for chronically ill children

We also participate in multidisciplinary committees and offer educational in-services to staff and medical residents.

How To Reach Us
We are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A Social Worker is on-call for emergency issues, nights, weekends, and holidays. The central office number for Social Work is (615) 936-2113. We can be reached through the Children's Hospital medical team of doctors and nurses. We look forward to working with you and your child!

Where We Work
Social Workers are located in the Children’s Hospital and in the pediatric clinics.


  • Laura Anderson, LMSW — PRN Social Worker
  • Melissa Bowles, LCSW — Cardiology, 7A, 6A, 6B
  • Sharron Denman, LMSW — Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU
  • Emily Edwards, LCSW — Otolaryngology (ENT), General Surgery (Inpatient), Orthopedics, Trauma, Urology (Inpatient), and 8A, 8B, and 8C
  • Erin Gaines, LCSW — Gastroenterology, Liver Transplant, 7B, 7C
  • Julie Garcia, LCSW — Hematology/Oncology (Sarcoma, Brain Tumor, Lymphoma, and Sickle Cell)
  • Ann-Haley Poag, LMSW— PRN Social Worker
  • Karen Harville, LCSW — Hematology/Oncology (Leukemia, Stem Cell Transplant, and Neuroblastoma)
  • Shannon Hill, LCSW — PRN Social Worker
  • Kara Hinerman, LCSW — Emergency Department
  • Mitzi Hines, LCSW — Emergency Department
  • Lisa Jackson, LMSW — Emergency Department
  • Aaron Johnson, LMSW — Neurology Outpatient and Primary Care Clinic
  • Anne Laurence Johnson, LMSW — Hemostasis-Thrombosis, Spina Bifida, Craniofacial, and Medical Specialty Clinics
  • Shannon Jordan, LMSW — Float Coverage
  • Alisa Libonn, LCSW — Pediatric Critical Care Unit, PCCU
  • Paula Moseley — Administrative Assistant, Pediatric Social Work Department
  • Mary Murray, LCSW — Director, Pediatric Social Work Department
  • Carolyn Orr, LCSW — Assistant Manager, Pediatric Social Work Department
  • Kristin Pearson, LCSW — Emergency Department
  • Deanna Reese, LCSW — Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Nephrology, Pulmonary, 6C
  • Julie Ripski, LMSW — Cardiology, 7A, 6A, 6B
  • Lina Roberts, LCSW — Adolescent Medicine, Allergy Clinic, Infectious Disease, Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic, University Pediatrics Clinic
  • Glyna Rodgers, LCSW — Endocrine, Diabetes, Peds General Surgery Clinic
  • Leslie Spence, LMSW — PRN Social Worker
  • Ashley Townsend, LMSW — Neonatal Intensive Care, NICU
  • Alison Wilson, LCSW — Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU


 Frequently Asked Questions

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Useful Internet Resources

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Last Edited: March 26, 2015