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Social Work

A hospital admission can add stress to anyone’s life in a variety of areas. Social workers at MU Children’s Hospital are an essential part of the health care team. The Department of Care Coordination provides family-centered services to children and families in order to help with the social, financial, psychological and spiritual needs associated with illness, hospitalizations and outpatient treatment. These services are free of charge and include the following:

Crisis Intervention and Therapeutic Support
  • Adjustment to Illness
  • Crisis Management
  • Family Concerns
  • Supportive Counseling
  • Lifestyle Adjustment
  • Anxiety/Grief/Bereavement
  • Medical Fears
Discharge Planning
  • Coordination with Medical Professionals
  • Community Agency Referrals
  • School/Work Excuse Letters
  • Coordinate Home Health Arrangements
  • Discharge Medical Equipment Referrals
Care Planning
  • Individualized Learning Plans
  • Section 504
  • Home Health Arrangements
  • Advanced Directives
  • Power of Attorney
  • Legal Issues


Community Referrals
  • Financial Assistance
  • WIC/TANF/Medicaid
  • Social Security and Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Parent Support and Resources
  • Temporary Lodging/Transportation


Normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5pm. However, a social worker is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To contact Social Work:

  • Request your nurse or unit secretary contact your social worker or
  • Call the hospital front desk at 573.875.9000 and request social work be paged

MU Children’s Hospital Social Workers

Kecia Nelson, MSW, LCSW
Cystic Fibrosis

Whitney Krueger, LMSW
Fetal Demise

Aimee’ House, LMSW
Family Medicine
Adult Med Surg

Mary Killday, MSW
Well Baby

Jessica Peterson, MSW
General Child Health
Pediatric Plastics
Eating Disorders

Dasi Schlup, MSW, LCSW
Newborn Intensive Care Unit
High Risk Obstetrics

Allison Kemble, LMSW
Hematology & Oncology
Pediatric Cancer Center
Pediatric ICU Child Health

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Giving to Children's Hospital

MU Children's Hospital strives to provide the highest quality care for children throughout Missouri - regardless of their family's ability to pay. Thousands of people like you have helped Children's Hospital in this mission through gifts of talent, time and financial support. Learn more about our giving opportunities. Donate today!

Contact Us

If you have specific questions about how to best plan your gift to MU Children's Hospital, please contact:

Kristen Fritschie
Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Events

Lindsey Turner
Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Events