Home Care Services

  • Meet the Team

    Division of Home Care Services is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Chief of Staff

    Michael K. Farrell, MD


    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: michael.farrell@cchmc.org

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    Gastroesophageal reflux; pancreatitis; inflammatory bowel disease; abdominal pain; pediatric nutrition 

    Education and Training

    MD: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1970.

    Internship: Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, PA, 1970 to 1971.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1974 to 1976.

    Fellowship: Ambulatory Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1976 to 1977.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1977 to 1979.


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    Senior Clinical Director

    A photo of Susan Wade-Murphy.

    Susan Wade Murphy, RN, BSN, MSN
    Senior Clinical Director, Home Care Services



    Susan Wade Murphy, RN, BSN, MSN

    Senior Clinical Director, Home Care Services

    Phone: 513-636-1816

    Fax: 513-636-7152

    Email: susan.wade-murphy@cchmc.org

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    Blood stream infection reduction; post-acute care of the complex pediatric patient at home; asthma self management, improvement science


    Susan, an Illinois native, practiced as an adult medical staff nurse at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, IL after graduating from the University of Illinois, College of Nursing. Upon relocating to the north shore of Boston in 1983, Susan’s practice shifted to maternal-child services at Beverly Hospital, Beverly, MA and school based pediatric services at Essex Elementary School, Essex, MA. In 1988 Susan joined InterCare Community Health Network, Bangor, MI where she implemented community based health care programs operated from a network of seven federally qualified community health center sites in southwestern Michigan. Susan served as the Director of Community Services and provided programmatic leadership for Perinatal Care Services; Maternal and Infant Support Services; Medicaid, MIChild (CHIP) and Non-Medicaid MICH-Care enrollment; the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program; Lactation Consultant Services; Immunization Services; Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Outreach and Immunization services; and collaborated with twenty primary care providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives supporting these programs.

    Susan’s role at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center began in 2000 as Clinical Director, Private Duty Nursing and member of the Home Care Business Unit. In 2005 Susan became Senior Clinical Director for the Home Health Agency, Liaison Resources, CVC Resources, and StarShine, The Hospice of Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. During 2008, she began her current position as Senior Clinical Director for Home Care Services, adding to her role leadership of the Home Care Pharmacy, Home Medical and Rehabilitation Equipment, and the Home Care Clinical Systems Improvement Site Team. Susan is a graduate of Cincinnati Children’s Intermediate Improvement Science Series.

    Education and Training

    BSN: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

    Medical Director, StarShine Hospice

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    Norbert J. Weidner, MD



    Norbert J. Weidner, MD


    Medical Director, StarShine Hospice

    Medical Director, Pediatric Palliative Care / PACT

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-4408

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: norbert.weidner@cchmc.org

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    Palliative medicine; end of life care; anesthesiology; pain management


    Norbert J. Weidner, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician as well as a board-certified anesthesiologist. Following training in pediatrics Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, as well as Dayton Children's Hospital, he pursued a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia/critical care/regional anesthesia in Melbourne, Australia, for one year.

    Upon completion of his fellowship in 1988, Dr. Weidner joined the Department of Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children's. In addition to his staff duties as an anesthesiologist, Dr. Weidner was an attending staff in the pediatric intensive care unit for approximately two years.

    To incorporate the fellowship training he received in Australia, Dr. Weidner began the pain management group at Cincinnati Children's. He has participated in the pain management group both in the care of acute postoperative pain as well as chronic pain management.

    In 2004, Dr. Weidner received Board Certification with the American Board for Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Weidner has been affiliated with the hospice service at Cincinnati Children's since its inception and currently serves as StarShine Hospice's Medical Director .

    Dr. Weidner is passionate about partnering with families to offer a range of comprehensive, family-centered care to children with chronic, complex or life-threatening conditions. His vision to address the needs of this patient population resulted in the development of the Pediatric Palliative and Comfort Care Team (PACT) here at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Weidner serves as the director of this consulting service.

    Education and Training

    MD: Temple Medical School, Philadelphia, PA, 1975.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1975-77; Pediatrics, Dayton Children's Hospital, Dayton, OH 1981-82; Anesthesia, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1985-87.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 1988.

    Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, 1983; American Board of Pediatrics, 1989; Diplomat, American Board Medical Acupuncture, 2001; Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2004.


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    Business Director

    Home Care Directors

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    Susanne M. Evans, RN, BSN, MSN
    Clinical Director, Private Duty Nursing and StarShine Hospice and Palliative Care



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    Jennifer M. Gold, RN, BSN
    Clinical Director, Home Care Agency & Liaison Resource Staff



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    John C. Myers, RPh, MBA
    Director, Home Care Pharmacy