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.
Children's Hospital
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
  • Elizabeth Asher, LCSW— Endocrine
  • Blayke Bearman, LMSW — Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary, 6C
  • Andrea Bell, LMSW— PRN Social Worker
  • Heather Bland, LMSW— Neurology Outpatient and Primary Care Clinic
  • Julie Burton, LCSW — Cardiology, 7A
  • Sharron Denman, LMSW — Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU
  • Emily Edwards, LCSW — Otolaryngology (ENT), General Surgery, Orthopedics, Trauma, Urology, and 8A, 8B, and 8C
  • Julie Garcia, LCSW — Director, Pediatric Social Work Department
  • Megan Greffen LMSW — Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU
  • Ann-Haley Poag, LMSW — PRN Social Worker
  • Shannon Hill, LCSW — PRN Social Worker
  • Kara Hinerman, LCSW — Hematology/Oncology (Leukemia, Stem Cell Transplant, Neuroblastoma, and Benign Hematology); 6A, 6B
  • Mitzi Hines, LCSW — Emergency Department
  • Lisa Jackson, LCSW — Emergency Department
  • Anne Laurence Johnson, LMSW — Hemostasis-Thrombosis, Spina Bifida, Craniofacial, and Medical Specialty Clinics, 6A, 6B
  • Shannon Jordan, LMSW — Float Coverage
  • Alisa Jorstad, LCSW — Pediatric Critical Care Unit, PCCU
  • Erin McLoud, LCSW — Gastroenterology, Liver Transplant, 7C
  • Paula Moseley — Administrative Assistant, Pediatric Social Work Department
  • Carrie Niederhauser, LMSW — Emergency Department
  • Kristin Pearson, LCSW — Emergency Department
  • Deanna Reese, LCSW — Assistant Manager, Pediatric Social Work Department; Nephrology
  • Lina Roberts, LCSW — Adolescent Medicine, Allergy Clinic, Infectious Disease, Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic, University Pediatrics Clinic
  • Kaitlin Rowen, LMSW— Hematology/Oncology (Solid Tumor, Brain Tumor, Lymphoma, Sickle-Cell), 6A, 6B
  • Leslie Spence, LMSW — PRN Social Worker
  • Ashley Townsend, LMSW — Neonatal Intensive Care, NICU
  • Serena White, LMSW — Cardiology, 7A
  • Alison Wilson, LCSW — PRN Social Worker

Frequently Asked Questions

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Useful Internet Resources

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Last Edited: August 5, 2016
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