Meet the Norton Children Pediatric Protection Services Team

Norton Children’s Pediatric Protection Services provide specialized services to assess and treat possible child maltreatment. Our child protection team provides formal consultations and medical expertise on the diagnosis, documentation, and follow up of suspected cases of child maltreatment. The team includes the first board-certified child abuse pediatrician in Kentucky. We provide assessments in Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as for all 120 counties in Kentucky.

Child Protection Team Physicians

Melissa L. Currie, M.D.
Jennie Green, M.D. (beginning September 2020)
Vinod B. Rao, M.D.

Pediatric Protection Specialists Nurses

Ashley R. DeJarnette, B.S.N, R.N., CFN
Jenny Franks, BSN, R.N.
Karina Melvin, BSN, R.N.
Emily Neal, BSN, R.N., SANE
Lindsey Spivey, BSN, R.N., SANE

Administrative Assistants

Nancy Farmer
Mary Jones

Child Protection

Is it abuse?

Even if you’re not sure, you are required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect. Anonymous calls are accepted.

Kentucky: Call (877) KYSAFE1 (1-877-597-2331)

Indiana: (800) 800-5556

If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Pediatric Forensic Medicine Service

Child Protection Team

Team members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

(502) 629-6000

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