Children's Hospital Case Management

A hospital admission can add stress to anyone’s life in a variety of areas. The case management team at Children’s Hospital are an essential part of the health care team.

WCH Case Managers

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 and hospitalizations. 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 Education Plans
  • Section 504
  • 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


Weekday case managers are on site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Weekend social work is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Contact a case manager

  • Request your nurse or unit secretary to contact your case manager or
  • Call the hospital front desk at 573-875-9000 and request social work to be paged

Case managers

  • Emily Harper, LMSW
    General Pediatrics
  • Kayli Lovell, MSW
    General Pediatrics
    General Surgery 
  • Faith Kummerfeld, LCSW
    Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    Orthopedic Surgery 
  • Dasi Schlup, LCSW
    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    High Risk Obstetrics 
  • Whitney Krueger, LMSW
    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Mary Killday, MSW
    Post-Partum Unit
    Labor and Delivery
    Missouri OB/GYN clinic 
  • Claudia Sharp, LMSW
    Labor and Delivery
    Post-Partum Unit
    Adult Med/Surg Unit 
  • Allison Kemble, LCSW

Float/Evening Coverage

  • Melissa Smyser, LMSW
  • Kadie Cela, MSW

Weekend Coverage

  • Patricia Ngassi, LCSW
  • Nicole Logue, LMSW