Meet the Team

At Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, our cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, children’s heart specialists and other highly trained caregivers have the expertise, training and equipment to give the treatment your child deserves.

Our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians is experienced in caring for all types of children’s heart conditions.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has rated Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s pediatric heart care among the best in the region. We provide a network of remote diagnostic and treatment services in Kentucky, including Frankfort, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Paducah. Our Southern Indiana locations stretch from Madisonville to Evansville and include New Albany and Corydon.

Cindy Baker, PA-C

Ann Lorimer, PA-C

Cheryl Smith, R.N., BSN

Cassie Blandford, BSN, R.N., CCRN

Emilee Yates, BSN, CCRN

Jennifer D. Thomas, DNP, R.N., CCRN (Director, Patient Care Services, Transplant, Hematology, Oncology, Renal Unit, Infusion Center)

Jenna Walsh, LSW

Ashley Eastman, R.N., BSN

Barbara Russell, RN-C

Teka Siebenaler, MPH, RRT (Director,ECMO and VAD Program)

Cardiac Perfusionists

  • Trevor Church, CCP
  • Olivia Isaacs, CCP
  • Ray Keijner, CCP
  • Vince F. Olshove Jr., CCP, FPP (Chief, Pediatric Perfusion)
  • Stacey Ousley, CCP

Cardiovascular Nurse Clinicians

  • Renae L. Akins, R.N.
  • Violet A. Carey, R.N.

Norton Children’s Heart Institute Management and Care Team

  • Teresa L. Bacon, R.N., AND (Care Manager)
  • Lisa M. Baker, BSN, R.N. (Supervisor, Invasive Cardiology)
  • Enitan V. Bethel, MSW (Social Services)
  • Jenna Blyth, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Therapist)
  • Megan Boone, R.N., MSN, CCRN (Nurse Manager, CICU)
  • Sara A. Chandler, R.D., L.D. (Dietitian)
  • Stephanie J. Cline, R.N., BSN, CHPPN (Palliative Care, Hearts & Hands Care Team)
  • Stephanie Johnson, Pharm.D. (CICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist)
  • Allison P. Fears, M.S.,CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Therapist)
  • Stacy L. Flanders, DNP, R.N., CCRN-K, NE-BC (Director, Patient Care Services, PICU, CICU, PCU, ECMO, IV)
  • Jessie E. Gordon, M.Ed., CCLS, CIMI (Child Life Therapist)
  • Robin D. Gowin, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Therapist)
  • Stacie M. Hartlage, R.N., BSN (Norton Children’s Heart Institute Nurse Navigator)
  • Christy L. Henry, R.N., BSN, CHPPN (Palliative Care, Hearts & Hands Care Team)
  • Michelle B. Hicks, OTR/L, CNT (Occupational Therapist)
  • Nancy Marshall, P.T., DPT (Physical Therapist)
  • Mary Jo McIver, BSN, R.N. (Assistant Nurse Manager, Cardiovascular Surgery)
  • Crissy Merideth, P.T. (Physical Therapist)
  • Rose Pasqualini, BHS, RRT (Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular Services)
  • Jackie Pollard, M.S., CCC-SLP (Speech-Language Therapist)
  • Jo J. Scroggin, P.T., DPT (Physical Therapist)
  • Teka Siebenaler, MPH, RRT (Manager, ECMO and VAD)
  • Susan A. Skutt, R.N., BSN (Care Manager)
  • Amy K. Stiles, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)
  • Dana J. Thompson, B.S., RDCS, CCT (Manager, Noninvasive Cardiology)
  • Kristy R. Trimble, OTR/L (Occupational Therapist)
  • Rachel Waiz (Director, Pediatric Specialty Care Operations)

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is rated higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Heart Institute Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to treat a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient offices in Ashland, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, London, Madisonville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah and Shepherdsville in Kentucky; as well as Corydon, Jasper, Madison and Scottsburg in Indiana; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has awarded the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care  .
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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