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Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Caring for our tiniest patients is a big job. In our Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs), board certified physicians specializing in neonatology along with other clinical and professional staff work together to provide the expert, compassionate care fragile infants and their families require. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, our NICU teams are dedicated to the delicate physical, emotional, and developmental needs of premature and severely ill infants, some of whom weigh just over one pound.

Highlights & Resources

  • Blog Post

    St. Luke’s NICUs Achieve 98.6% Overall Survival Rate

Providers

  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Tammy Allen, RN, MSN, NNP-BC has served as a clinical educator and is NCC-certified in neonatal intensive care. She is an instructor for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), STABLE (post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick newborns), and the STABLE cardiac module. Tammy earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Utah and her master's degree from the advanced practice neonatal nurse practitioner program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Megan Ashline, NP is passionate about the field of neonatology and has special interest in skin care, nutrition, and family support.

    Megan earned a master's degree in clinical nurse leadership from Sacred Heart University and a post masters certificate from the University of South Alabama as a neonatal nurse practitioner. She has many years of experience working as a RN in a Level 3 NICU and also has extensive neonatal transport experience. 

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Cheri Beaumont, RN, MSN, NNP-BC earned master’s degrees as an early intervention specialist and neonatal nurse practitioner after years of experience as an NICU staff nurse and three additional years of education and internship.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Anthony "Tony" Broderick, RN, MSN, NNP-BC earned an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy and an associate’s degree in nursing. He also earned a master’s degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Maria Cheatham, RN, MSN, NNP-BC serves as clinical supervisor for St. Luke's neonatal nurse practitioners. She is experienced in newborn intensive care, caring for infants in the NICU and serving as an NICU educator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Hayward, and her master’s degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner, from the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Charlene Crichton, MD is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. She performed her neonatology fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University, where she also served as an assistant professor.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Gayle has extensive experience in neonatal nursing, including maternal-child transport. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Bakersfield and her master’s degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Before joining St. Luke’s, Gayle worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Elizabeth Gibson, NNP earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Montana State University and worked as a level III NICU nurse at Community Medical Center in Missoula. She earned her master’s degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner, from Arizona State University and worked as the first NNP in Missoula.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Abby Gray, RN, MSN, NNP-BC is experienced in neonatal nursing and is a nationally certified neonatal nurse practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boise State University and her master’s degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner, from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    LaResa Janousek, RN, MSN, NNP-BC earned her master's degree in advanced practice neonatal nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Boise State University. She has served as a member of the high-risk delivery and maternal/child transport teams and is a STABLE (post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick newborns) instructor.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Jerald King, MD is a visiting specialist from Primary Children's Medical Center in Utah. He provides occasional support to the St. Luke's neonatology team in Boise. 

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Amy Kirk, MD has served as neonatologist and faculty at the University of Tennessee and Thompson Children’s Hospital, St. Mark’s Hospital, and the University of Utah.

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    Accepting new patients
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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Jennifer Merchant, MD is the associate medical director of the NICU at St. Luke’s Magic Valley. She specializes in the care of sick or premature infants requiring intensive care. She enjoys providing family-centered care to these tiny, fragile but resilient patients. 

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Erik N. Meyers, MD is a fellow of the Society for Pediatric Research. He performed his pediatrics residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also served as clinical instructor. Dr. Meyers was an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Developmental Biology.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Declan O'Riordan, MD is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. ORiordan has experience in pediatric emergency medicine and general pediatrics. His research interests include neonatal herpes simplex virus infections, perinatal brain injury, and intrauterine methamphetamine exposure.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Jennifer Shepard, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of New Mexico and worked for many years as a NICU nurse before earning her master's degree in nursing, neonatal nurse practitioner, from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Scott A. Snyder, MD is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He serves as the medical director for St. Luke’s Neonatology. Dr. Snyder is also the incoming president of the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and chair of the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics for District VIII of the AAP.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    Nathan Thornton, MD completed his pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Utah/Primary Children's Medical Center. Dr. Thornton previously practiced at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, TX.
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

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    Accepting new patients
  • Neonatal Perinatal Medicine

    Biography

    James W. VanLooy Jr., MD is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. His research includes the use of pre-medication prior to intubation in neonates.

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    Accepting new patients

Classes & Events

  • Birthing Natures Way: Boise

    Health Management Classes
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    Monday, Oct 30, 2017 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
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    $60.00, Registration Required

    Using a combination of techniques, this class will help you and your partner experience childbirth without pain medication. Topics include creating an ideal setting in the hospital environment, activities and positions that allow free and comfortable movement through labor, comfort measures such as massage and acupressure techniques, and relaxation methods such as visualization and guided imagery.

  • Birthing Nature's Way: Meridian

    Health Management Classes
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    Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
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    $60.00, Registration Required

    Using a combination of techniques, this class will help you and your partner experience childbirth without pain medication.

  • Breastfeeding 101: Twin Falls

    Health Management Classes
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    Monday, Oct 09, 2017 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
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    Free, Registration Required

    This class helps you prepare physically and emotionally for breastfeeding.

  • Breastfeeding Plan for Success: Boise

    Health Management Classes
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    Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
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    $10.00, Registration Required

    Prepare physically and emotionally for breastfeeding.

Newborn Intensive Care and NICUs

Helping Fragile Infants Grow and Thrive

Caring for our tiniest patients is a big job. Our NICU teams are dedicated to the delicate physical, emotional, and developmental needs of premature and severely ill infants, some of whom weigh just over one pound. We have NICUs at St. Luke's Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Magic Valley, and St. Luke's Meridian.