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Pediatric Inpatient and Newborn Services

CCS pediatric hospitalists and nurse practitioners provide 24/7 care for newborns in the Mother/Baby unit in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital at NHRMC, and sick and recovering children on the pediatrtic floor of NHRMC and Columbus Regional Medical Center in Whiteville, NC. The dedicated staff in all units provide attentive, compassionate care for newborn babies and children up to 18 years old recovering from serious illness or surgery. 

The specially trained pediatric hospitalists enjoy academic appointment at the UNC School of Medicine, and each has academic or administrative interests including: medical education, quality improvement, ethics, and end of life care.

Pediatric Unit - NHRMC

Private and Spacious Pediatric Care Facility

The NHRMC facility is designed with families in mind. Every room in the 17- bed unit at NHRMC is private and designed to enable the child and parent to be together during a stressful time. The rooms and equipment are scaled to accommodate children. Other features include:

  • Private rooms
  • Family kitchen and lounge with washer/dryer
  • Child life services through the Healing Arts Network
  • Interactive children's playroom

Mother/Baby Unit - NHRMC

Newborn Nursery Facilities at BHCWC at NHRMC
The Mother/Baby Unit is a modern, 35-bed, all private room facility where you and your baby will stay together in the first moments of life. The Neonatal Observation Unit (NOU) is a 6-bed unit that is used to care for newborns that may need special monitoring for a brief period of time. In an effort to become family-centered and baby-friendly, special efforts will be made to not separate mom and baby unless medical attention is needed.

Newborn Nursery Mission
Our mission is to provide excellent, quality-driven, family-centered care for your newborn. We aim to support families, referral centers, and primary care providers in caring for their newborns after delivery until discharge home. It is our goal to make this wonderful event in your life as smooth as possible.


Lauren Gainor, MD – Medical Director of Inpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospitalist
Lauren Gainor was born at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and grew up in Wilmington, NC. After attending NC State for her undergraduate education, she earned her medical degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008.  Dr Gainor moved to Colorado for pediatric residency training at Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado in Denver. After completing a chief resident year, she worked for two years in the University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado Network of Care in the Urgent Care and Emergency Room setting.  Dr Gainor and her husband, Andy, have two young children and enjoy the beach, camping, snowboarding and their church community.
Meghan Dougherty, MD Pediatric Hospitalist
Meghan Dougherty, MD is originally from Bristol, Tennessee.  She attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she met her husband, Ryan.  Dr. Dougherty attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, TN.  She completed her pediatric training at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/ Maricopa Medical Center residency program in Phoenix, Arizona, while her husband completed his residency in family medicine.   Dr. Dougherty loves to travel, and is excited to join the community in Wilmington and enjoy any free time at the beach with a good book.
Whitney King, MD – Pediatric Hospitalist, Inpatient Services
Whitney King, MD, board certified in pediatrics, joins us from Coastal Pediatric Associates. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and completed the pediatric residency program at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Pediatric Society and has a special interest in obesity.

Deana Miller, MD – Pediatric Hospitalist
Dr. Miller grew up in Northwest Indiana but moved to Virginia to attend the College of William and Mary.  She loved the east coast and decided to stay and attended medical school at the University of Virginia.  She then completed her pediatric residency training at Duke University in 2014.  Dr. Miller’s research interests include improving handovers and communication in the hospital.  In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time at the beach with her husband, Ronnie, and dog, Stella.

Laura Parente, MD – Pediatric Hospitalist
Laura Parent, MD grew up in northern Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary. She earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia, where she also completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health and worked for the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department. She moved to North Carolina to complete her pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina in 2018.
Rachel Almond, RNC, MSN, FNP-BC
Rachel Almond is a native of Brunswick Co., North Carolina.  She attended UNC-Wilmington where she earned her bachelor of science in nursing in 2004.  She spent several years working as an RN and nurse coordinator in NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Women’s and Children’s hospital.  In 2007 Mrs. Almond returned to school at UNC-Wilmington and obtained a masters degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, NICU certified,  and has spent time in family practice and pediatrics in Brunswick Co.  Mrs. Almond has a special interest in children and providing support for special needs families.
Lacey Aycock, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Lacey Aycock earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2004.  Escaping the winter, Ms. Aycock moved to Wilmington in 2005 and worked as a registered nurse and a nursing educator for Women’s and Children’s services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  Ms. Aycock returned to school at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington and obtained a masters degree in nursing.  She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She is a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association, The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.  Ms. Aycock has a special interest in caring for children, patient education and providing family-centered care and support.
In her spare time, Lacey enjoys spending time with her wonderful friends, hiking, gardening, watching MSU sports and having fun with her dog, Nyla.
Leah Greer, RN, MSN, CPNP
A native of North Carolina, Leah Greer, obtained her bachelors of science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003. She worked as a nurse at UNC hospital in Chapel Hill in the burn center and the pediatric ICU. In 2007, Leah returned to Wilmington and started working as a nurse at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She worked in the cardiovascular ICU until the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children's hospital was opened in 2008. Leah worked as a nurse and clinical coordinator in both the general pediatric floor and the pediatric ICU while obtaining her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. Leah is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Since becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner she has worked in both the inpatient pediatric setting and outpatient setting. Leah has a passion for pediatric acute care and family centered care. She is happily married and has two children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach and running.
Amber Banta, PNP
Amber Banta grew up in Raeford, NC. She completed her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2006. After graduation, she moved to Raleigh where she worked as a pediatric nurse for WakeMed Health and Hospitals for 8 years. During her time there, she developed a passion for caring for children for all age groups- from newborns to teens. She completed her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and master's in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. After moving back to Wilmington, she worked for Wilmington Health Access for Teens as a nurse practitioner. Her time there was focused on caring for adolescents at their main office and school-based health centers. She has a special interest in childhood obesity, assisting financially-restricted families, and family-centered patient care. She is board certified by the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board and a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. In her time off work, she is invested in her church community at The Bridge Church, enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, and dog, Sadie, and loves to be outdoors.



Neonatal Care

Coastal Carolina Neonatology

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Neonatal Transport

NICU Family Resources

NICU Follow-Up Clinic


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Pediatric Inpatient & Newborn Services

Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinics


Betty H. Cameron Women's and
Children's Hospital



NHRMC Foundation

NICU Family Resources



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