Intestinal Support Service Team :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Intestinal Support Service

Our Team

Medical Director

  • Jane P. Balint, MD
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    Jane P. Balint, MD
    Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition

    Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition
    700 Children's Dr
    Columbus, OH 43205
    (614) 722-3450

  • Molly C. Dienhart, MD

    Molly C. Dienhart, MD
    Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition

    Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition
    700 Children's Dr
    Columbus, OH 43205
    (614) 722-3450

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Surgical Director

  • Peter C. Minneci, MD

    Peter C. Minneci, MD
    General Pediatric Surgery

    Pediatric Surgery
    700 Children's Dr
    Columbus, OH 43205
    (614) 722-3900

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Physician Team

  • David Gregory Bates, MD
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    David Gregory Bates, MD
    Diagnostic Radiology

    Radiology
    700 Children's Dr
    Columbus, OH 43205
    (614) 722-2289

  • Benjamin P. Thompson, DO

    Benjamin P. Thompson, DO
    Diagnostic Radiology

    Radiology
    700 Children's Dr
    Columbus, OH 43205
    (614) 722-2363

  • Desalegn Yacob, MD
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    Desalegn Yacob, MD
    Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition

    Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition
    700 Children's Dr
    Columbus, OH 43205
    (614) 722-3450

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Nurse Practitioner Team

  • Sandra L. Jacobs, CPNP-PC

    Sandra L. Jacobs, CPNP-PC
    Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition

    Patient Care Services
    700 Children's Dr
    Columbus, OH 432058
    (614) 722-3450

  • Susan M. Lubago, CPNP-AC

    Susan M. Lubago, CPNP-AC
    Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition

    Patient Care Services
    700 Children's Dr
    Columbus, OH 432058
    (614) 722-3450

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*This physician practices at one of the Nationwide Children's Close To HomeSM Centers or Primary Care Centers.

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Nursing team

Michelle Gniadek (Brock) has been a nurse since 2003. Her role involves many things including serving as intestinal support service coordinator. Michelle is involved in discharge planning, central line care, education, family support/homecare support, and clinic support. She received an ADN from Seminole College in Florida and is working toward a BSN at Ohio University.

Lia Headings, RN, has been a nurse at Nationwide Children's Hospital for over 30 years, working in GI for over 15 years.  Children with chronic GI problems have always held a special place in her heart and so since it was started, she has been the GI nurse responsible for the intestinal support service.

Brenda Ruth, RN, CWON, is a Pediatric Wound/Ostomy Nurse at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She has over 29 years of experience working with Pediatric Critical Care patients and then in Wound/Ostomy Care.  She is specially trained in wound, ostomy care, skin care, and tube care.  The Wound/Ostomy Team serves as resource in these areas and educate patients and families in ostomy, wound and tube care.

Jackie Cronau, RN, CWIOCN,  is a Pediatric Wound/Ostomy Nurse Clinician at Natonwide  Childrens's Hospital with over 29 years of experience, mostly working with pediatric surgery patients with complex problems. She is specially trained in wound care, skin care, ostomy care, and tube care. Together Jackie, Brenda and the rest of the team help to educate families and troubleshoot and care for issues within these areas.

Jennie Hoffman, RN, WOC, has over 15 years of experience at Nationwide Children's Hospital primarily working with Pediatric Surgery and ISS patients before becoming part of the Wound/Ostomy team. She is trained in wound, skin, ostomy and tube care. Jennie is part of the Wound/Ostomy team to provide a resource and education for patients with wounds, ostomies and tubes. She received her BSN from Ohio State University in 2002.

Danielle Sabol, BSN, has over 10 years of experience at Nationwide Children's Hospital, spending her first eight years on the Burn/Trauma/Orthopedic unit. She has worked as a Wound/Ostomy nurse since 2013. Danielle provides education and recommendations and is an available resource for families and staff. She received her BSN from Capital University in 2005 and studied Wound/Ostomy/Incontinence Care at the Cleveland Clinic in 2014.


Nutrition team

Mary K. Sharrett, MS, RD, LD, CNSD provides nutritional guidance for all children on TPN once they have left the newborn nursery (NICU, C4).  She is a certified nutrition support dietitian who has worked at Nationwide Children's Hospital for over 25 years.

Steve Plogsted, PharmD, BCNSP has been involved with pediatric nutrition since 1980 and has been the pharmacologist of Nationwide Children's Hospital Nutrition Support team since 1992.  He has been an active member in both state and national nutrition organizations and holds faculty appointments at two colleges of pharmacy.


Support Staff

Patricia (Tricia) Baldassarre is the Administrative Assistant to the ISS team. She received her associates degree at Columbus State in Early Childhood Development in 2000.

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