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Pediatric Unit

Coastal Children’s Services (CCS) in Wilmington, North Carolina, provides 24/7 care in the pediatric unit at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital. The dedicated staff in our Pediatrics Unit provides attentive, compassionate care for babies and children up to 18 years old recovering from serious illness or surgery. 

Our 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.

Private and Spacious Pediatric Care Facility

The NHRMC facility is designed with families in mind. 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

Medical Staff

Lauren Gainor, MD – Director for Pediatric and Newborn Services, 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.
Whitney King, MD – Pediatric Hospitalist
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.
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.
Marc Yandle, MD – Pediatric Hospitalist
Marc Yandle, MD joined CCS from Wilmington Health, where he was a pediatrician and the Pediatric Division Chief. Dr. Yandle has served as the Pediatric Medical Director for Brunswick County Health Dept and as Chief Resident for the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia, which he attended for his postgraduate medical training. Board certified, Dr. Yandle received his BS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MD from Wake Forest. Married with five children, Dr. Yandle resides in Wilmington.
Allison Bean, MD Pediatric Hospitalist
Allison Bean was born in Houston, TX but grew up in Wilmington, NC. After attending UNC-Wilmington for her undergraduate education, she earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University Medical School in 2012. Dr. Bean moved to St. Louis, Missouri to complete her residency training in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital through St. Louis University. After completing her residency, she served as Chief Resident for an additional year at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital . Dr. Bean is very excited to be back in her hometown of Wilmington, NC and to be serving the community in which she was raised. She and her husband have two small children and they enjoy the beach, fishing, cooking and spending time with their family.
Michael Stoiko, MD – Medical Director, Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Intensivist
Dr. Stoiko has extensive clinical experience caring for critically ill and injured infants and children in the PICU setting and has also provided anesthesia and sedation services for thousands of children. He has expertise in obtaining central venous access, including Ports, Broviacs, PIC and dialysis catheters. Dr. Stoiko has taught attending and resident physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, hospital administrators, and paramedics in national, state wide and local lectures and won several teaching awards. He has been involved in research and teaching about non-accidental head trauma for the past 25 years and was a founding member of PEDIBIRN (PEDIatric Brain Injury Network). He has also been very involved in Biomedical Ethics providing ethics consultations and serving as Chair, Co-chair or member of the Biomedical Ethics Committee since 1989. Community work has included serving on and chairing several boards of trustees for churches, schools and a non-profit child care organization.
David L. Smith, MD – Pediatric Intensivist
David Smith, MD grew up in Bearsville N.Y. He moved to Little Rock, AR in 1978 to obtain paramedic training and subsequently worked as an EMT-Paramedic for over 10 years. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He completed a Pediatric Internship at St. Louis University. He then returned to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, to complete his Pediatric Residency and stay on an additional year as Chief Resident.  Following residency, he spent 13 years practicing General Pediatrics in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Smith joins Coastal Children’s Services after completing a Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital/ UAMS. His primary research interest involves studying arterial to venous carbon dioxide difference as a marker of cardiac output. Other medical interests are hyperbaric medicine and emergency medical services for children. Dr. Smith is board certified in Pediatrics.
Thomas Paulson, MD Pediatric Intensivist
Before coming to Wilmington 6 years ago, Dr. Paulson served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and co-director of the PICU at Sutter Children’s center. Since coming to Wilmington he initially led the effort to develop the region's first PICU. He has special clinical interest in pulmonary medicine and has started the region's first pediatric fiber optic bronchoscopy service. He maintains board certification in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care medicine.
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.
Rachel Almond, RNC, MSN, FNP-BC
Rachel Almond is a native of Brunswick Co., North Carolina.  She attended 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 Ms. Almond returned to school at UNC-Wilmington and obtained a master's 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. Ms. Almond has a special interest in children and providing support for special needs families.
Leah Greer, RN, MSN, CPNP
A native of North Carolina, Leah Greer, obtained her BS 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 Master of Science degree 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. 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, FNP
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. 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. 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.

Devon Plumer, RN, CPNP-AC/PC
Devon Plumer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC and graduated in 1987. She worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Duke University in Durham, NC for 15 years first as an RN and then as the first Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Masters in Nursing as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 1998 at Duke University. She subsequently was the first student and graduate of the Duke University Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in 1999 earning a post-masters certificate. She also worked as a Pediatric Acute Care NP at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, NC.  

Ms. Plumer also has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Adelphi University and taught elementary school for several years in New Hampshire. She has traveled to Belarus with the International Children’s Heart Foundation and has been to Nicaragua three times with the Duke Pediatric Cardiology team.
Ms. Plumer is originally from New York and is an avid surfer. Her other hobbies include cooking, watching NFL football and college basketball.



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