The Baby Place at Park Ridge Health welcomes two neonatal nurse practitioners

Press release

From Park Ridge Health

Hendersonville, N.C. (January 16, 2012) – The Baby Place at Park Ridge Health is pleased to welcome two providers to the newborn care team: Neonatal nurse practitioners Diane Duffy, M.S., N.N.P.-B.C., and Teri McDonald, N.N.P.-B.C. Duffy and McDonald both bring extensive experience in recognizing, evaluating and stabilizing newborns with unexpected health complications, as well as educating families about newborn care and needs.

Duffy and McDonald will be working closely with pediatric hospitalists as well as the nursing staff at The Baby Place to coordinate care for newborns and their families.

“The addition of these two exceptional N.N.P.s is a natural and important step in taking our nursery to the next level,” said Sandra Schorr, M.D., a newborn hospitalist at Park Ridge Health since 2006. “I appreciate and commend Park Ridge Health administration for their foresight in adding Diane and Teri to our pediatric newborn staff.”

About Diane Duffy, M.S., N.N.P.-B.C.: Diane Duffy has been working in the neonatal field since 1983. She graduated from Ann May School of Nursing in Neptune, N.J., with her R.N. degree in 1983, and proceeded to work as a staff R.N. in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Long Branch, N.J. In 1988, Duffy graduated from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She returned to school in 1996 to earn her Masters of Nursing/Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from University of Pennsylvania. Upon receiving her N.N.P., Duffy worked in a Level III NICU for another 10 years. Five years ago, she moved to the Asheville area to work as an neonatal nurse practitioner at Mission Hospital’s NICU and Labor and Delivery Unit. Duffy says she welcomes the opportunity to bring her talents to Park Ridge Health.

About Teri McDonald, N.N.P.-B.C.: Teri McDonald has been a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner since 1989. She obtained her nursing degree in 1985 from University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, and completed the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at West Virginia University in 1989. McDonald has provided daily care and management for preterm and sick newborns in North and South Carolina Level II and Level III NICUs since 1989. McDonald says one of her greatest joys is in providing holistic care for her patients and working closely with their parents during delivery and their hospital stay.

About Park Ridge Health: Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge Health partnered with Adventist Health System, joining a family of 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals across the country. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region – including state-of-the-art surgery suites, a boutique baby delivery experience and North Carolina’s first 64-slice CT scanner in 2006 – Park Ridge Health provides personalized care throughout the region, offering a dedicated network of more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians and providers, nationally awarded cancer services, full-service orthopedic care and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).


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