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Our Team


Seattle Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Mom and Baby team

Everyone on the NICU care team has special training working with critically ill newborns and their families. We will work with you to make decisions and treatment plans for your baby.

The care team in Children's NICU includes:

  • Neonatologists (doctors specializing in newborn care)
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Social workers

The NICU team works closely with Children's pediatric surgeons, cardiac intensivists, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, geneticists and other specialists to provide coordinated care for newborns with complex problems. Learn more about the different roles on your child's healthcare team.

NICU leadership team

  • Cathie Rea, RRT, RN, MN, NE-BC, director of the ICUs
  • Catherine Wagner, RN, BSN, NICU clinical practice manager
  • Karen Kelly, MN, RN, NICU educator
  • Maura Sandrock, MS, RD, NICU dietitian
  • Sarah Sowa-Crowder, MSW, LICSW, NICU social worker

Neonatologists in Children's NICU

Our Neonatologists at Partner Hospitals' NICUs

Our neonatologists provide care for sick newborns in the NICUs at the University of Washington, Providence Regional Medical Center and Overlake Medical Center. These include:

Children's neonatal nurse practitioners also care for patients at Franciscan Health System, Providence Regional Medical Center and Overlake Medical Center. The leaders of that program are:

Neonatal Transport Program

Transport Team

Our Neonatal Transport Program partners with Airlift Northwest to provide the specialized care needed to safely transport critically ill infants by ground or air. We transport more than 400 newborn patients each year. A NICU nurse and a respiratory therapist always ride along with the newborn on critical care transports. This team is in frequent contact with a neonatologist throughout the transport process to ensure the highest quality of patient care. The leaders of the Neonatal Transport Program are:

Neonatal Outreach

The Neonatal Outreach Program provides education and consultation for community healthcare professionals to increase awareness of our neonatal services and ensure that babies get their best possible start in life.

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