Blank Children's Hospital

Neonatal Transport Team

The Blank Children's Neonatal Transport Team features highly-trained and experienced nurses who provide specialized and expert care for ill infants. Care begins with arrival at the referring facility and continues throughout transport and admission to our Regional Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our team works to stabilize the infant's condition prior to traveling while the nurse is in communication with the neonatologists. Ongoing communication is provided to the parents and referring facility until the family can be reunited with their infant. Under certain circumstances, the mom may be transferred with her infant.

Meet Our Team


 

Samir Alabsi, MD
Neonatologist, Medical Director of Neonatal Transport Team, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Special Care Nursery

Experience:
Neonatologist - 6 years

Certifications:
NRP Instructor, S.T.A.B.L.E. Program Instructor, PALS Provider

Memberships:
American Academy of Pediatrics

Area of Interest:
Neonatal infections, bronchopulmonary dysplasia

 

Bob VanZuuk, MSN
Manager, Neonatal Transport Team & Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Experience:
NICU Nurse Manager - 9 years
NICU Nurse - 4 years
General Pediatrics/Oncology Nurse Manager - 4 years
Staff Development Educator, Behavioral Services - 13 years
Behavioral Services - 2 years

Memberships:
Society of Pediatric Nurses
Iowa Association of Neonatal Nurses

Areas of Interest:
Friends, family, traveling, Oklahoma Women's Gymnastics

Chris Parker, RNC, BSN
Team Leader & Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 29 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 26 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, NRP Instructor, Red Cross Disaster Relief, RNC

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Iowa Association of Neonatal Nurses
Iowa Methodist School of Nursing Alumni Association - Board Member

Area of Interest:
Professional - Transport, genetics, medical ethics
Personal - Music, church and faith, cross-stitch, quilting, eating out with friends and family

 

Teresa Ball, RNC, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 21 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 18 years
Pediatric Surgery - 2 years
Army Nurse - 4 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, BLS Instructor, NRP Instructor, PICC nurse, RNC

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Genetics and syndromes, grief counseling, prenatal conditions affecting the neonate
Personal - Family, pets, volleyball, baking, crafts

 

Jessica Brown, RNC
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 7 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 1 year

Certifications:
BLS, S.T.A.B.L.E., NRP

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Area of Interest:
Professional - Causes of prematurity, quality improvement, family education
Personal - Riding horses, working with livestock, reading, my children, faith

 

Emily Burt, RN, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 3 years

Certifications:
S.T.A.B.L.E., NRP

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Area of Interest:
Professional - Transport, total body cooling
Personal - Running, biking, triathlons, friends and family

 

Tria DePauw, RNC
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 12 years

Certifications:
S.T.A.B.L.E., BLS, NRP, RNC

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Pulmonary hypertension, family-centered care/education
Personal - Missions, family, scrap-booking

 

Kelly Geist, RN, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 4 years

Certifications:
BLS, S.T.A.B.L.E., NRP

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Areas of Interest:
Friends, family, coaching youth volleyball, running

 

Roxan Hammer, RNC, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 32 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 25 years

Certifications:
BLS, RNC High Risk Neonates, S.T.A.B.L.E., NRP instructor

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Iowa Association of Neonatal Nurses

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Thermoregulation of the newborn, respiratory disorders and supporting care 
Personal - Reading, spending time with family and three cats, cooking to try new recipes, watching sports

 

Kristy Oswald, RNC
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 28 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 23 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, NRP Instructor, PICC, CAP, RNC High Risk Neonatal

Areas of Interest:
Professional - Safety in transport, EMS providers across Iowa
Personal - Family, volunteering, camping, gardening, walking and travel

 

Carol Standridge, RNC
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 37 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 17 years
CCU/ICU Nurse - 3 years

Certifications:
BLS, BLS Instructor, NRP, NRP Instructor, NICAP, RNC

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Area of Interest:
Professional - Developmental care

 

Amy Twedt, RNC
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 11 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 4 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, NRP Instructor, S.T.A.B.L.E.

Area of Interest:
Personal - Faith, family, friends

 

Nancy Woestman, RNC, BSN
Neonatal Transport Team Member

Experience:
NICU Nurse - 29 years
Neonatal Transport Nurse - 21 years

Certifications:
BLS, NRP, NRP Regional Instructor, RNC-NIC, CAP, PICC

Memberships:
National Association of Neonatal Nurses

Area of Interest:
Professional - Transport, quality improvement, resuscitation
Personal - Family, friends, travel, quilting, knitting, crocheting