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child life staff

Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge is pleased to offer our pediatric and adolescent patients and their families the support of the child life program and its dedicated, compassionate child life specialists. Pediatric child life specialists with advanced training in child development, child life and psychology work with the children in the pediatric unit, pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care center, neonate intensive care unit, and outpatient areas including oncology clinic, radiology, and pediatric emergency room. Teen Life specialist's backgrounds are in child development, child life, psychology and counseling and provides services for teens hospitalized in a separate Adolescent/Young Adult Unit. All specialists have achieved professional certification status through the National Child Life Council. One of our current staff also serves as our hospital tutor to provide patients tutoring.

The child life program is assisted by a team of educated child life interns and trained volunteers. To contact one of the caring child life specialists, simply call the child life department at 847.723.PLAY.

To learn more about becoming a certified child life specialist, click here.

Child Life Department
(847) 723.PLAY (7529)

Child and Teen Life Specialists

Linda Bensing
Certified Child Life Specialist

Telephone: 847.723.CCLS (2257)
Long Range Pager: 847.569.6067
E-mail: Linda.Bensing@advocatehealth.com

Jan Welter
Certified Child Life Specialist
Telephone: 847.723.TEEN (8336)
Long Range Pager: 847.569.6443
E-mail: Jan.Welter@advocatehealth.com

Denise Morrissey Chaveriat
Certified Child Life Specialist

Telephone: 847.723.TOYS (8697)
Long range pager: 847.569.8031
E-mail: Denise.Morrissey@advocatehealth.com

Areum Min
Certified Child Life Specialist

Telephone: 847.723.4JOY (4569)
Long Range Pager: 847.569.5819
E-mail: Areum.Min@advocatehealth.com

Jennifer Swezey
Certified Child Life Specialist

Telephone: 847.723.4FUN (4386)
Long Range Pager: 847.569.8056
E-mail: Jennifer.Swezey@advocatehealth.com

Kevynne Smith
Certified Child Lilfe Specialist/School Tutor

Telephone: 847.723.4EDU (4338)
Long Range Pager: 847.569.4894
E-mail: Kevynne.Smith@advocatehealth.com

Kerry Murphy
Certified Child Life Specialist

Telephone: 847.723.ERCL (3725)
Long Range Pager: 847.569.4994
E-mail: Kerry-l.Murphy@advocatehealth.com

Tutoring Service: School Teacher
847.723.7319

Child Life Student Interns:
Telephone: 847.723.COPE (2673)
Pagers vary per intern


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