New Podcast Episode Explores Integrated Healthcare for Infants and Families

January 2, 2024

In the latest episode of Disruptors at Work: an Integrated Care Podcast, host Dr. U. Grant Baldwin, Jr., DBH, Director of the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, delves into the topic of Neonatal Nursing with guest, Tara Sundem, NNP. The discussion centers on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, shedding light on the crucial requirement for integrated healthcare for both infants and families.

Thank you to our subject matter expert:

  • Tara Sundem, NNP

Listen to the episode below.

About the Expert:

Tara Sundem is a board-certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in neonatal intensive care. She was a frontline worker in the growing opiate epidemic, caring for the most innocent of its victims: Newborns suffering through opiate withdrawal-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Her passion to transform the healthcare experience for them and their families led her to found Hushabye Nursery, an Arizona non-profit dedicated to caring for opiate-exposed newborns in their first few weeks of life. The 12-bed inpatient nursery opened its doors and its arms to these babies and their mothers in November 2020. Under Tara’s leadership as Executive Director, Hushabye Nursery has grown from an idea to “”save the babies”” in 2016, to a unique model of care for this underserved population that focuses on the family unit, both prenatal and postnatal. Recognized as an industry leader on NAS, Tara has presented several community events on the topic. She received the 2021 Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Hero Award for Nursing and 12 News Miracle Makers Award in 2021. She hold a Master of Science from Arizona State University and is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, the Academy of Neonatal Nurses, and the Neonatal Nurse Practitioners of AZ. Tara lives in Gilbert with her husband, two sons and their dog.