For Media

The Department of Public Affairs handles all media inquiries from a variety of news outlets. We respond to media inquiries in a timely manner, aware of news reporters' deadlines.

Media Guidelines

  • Media must be accompanied by a Public Affairs staff member at all times. 
  • No patient information or images can be released without the signed consent of the parents or legal guardian.
  • To ensure patient safety, visiting media must have had a flu shot during the flu season. 

Contact Us

Public Affairs Main Line: 312.227.4600

To contact the team after hours, please contact Kary McIlwain at 312.802.1617.

Team Members

Kary McIlwain
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
312.227.7404 (office)
312.802.1617 (mobile) 
Executive Assistant: Lynne Worsham, 312.227.7313, 

Julianne Bardele
Associate Director, Public Affairs

Vita Lerman
Associate Director, Content and Child’s Doctor Editor

Miranda Coello
Media Relations and Communications Associate