CHAAMPS Camp is a referral-based, week-long program that takes a multidisciplinary approach to bowel management for children with Hirschsprung's disease, anorectal malformations and associated spinal anomalies. The program includes an educational discussion, a clinical evaluation with daily abdominal x-rays, nutritional support and personal counseling geared towards achieving social continence.

We realize that these surgical conditions are unique to the child and need close follow-up, which we provide with our skilled multidisciplinary team. Our staff members include a pediatric surgeon, urologist, a team of nurse practitioners, dietician, social worker and Spanish interpreter. Having a group with diverse areas of expertise review each child’s unique situation allows for a complete evaluation of the many ways these conditions affect a child’s life.

What to Expect

Treatment plans will vary between each patient because everyone is unique and has individual needs. There are many options that we offer to manage their bowels habits. These options include laxatives, diet management and/or daily enemas. Diet plays a major role in managing social continence.

The camp takes place at Lurie Children’s Main Hospital and is one week long. The program includes home monitoring and daily discussions with the CHAAMPS Camp team.


Our staff is experienced in treating children with conditions such Hirschsprung's disease, anorectal malformations and associated spinal anomalies.

Our specialists include a member of the General Pediatric Surgery team as well as a urologist, Elizabeth Yerkes, MD.

Our advanced practice nurses include our program director Beth Nanney, CPNP-BC; Kerri Baldwin, FNP; and Alison Ross, FNP.

Our team also includes urology nurses, our social worker Annie Funke, LSCW, and our dietitian Kathleen Viola, RD.


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500