Caring, Skilled Nurses
A Rosie Place hires only the best pediatric nurses! Our nurses are passionate about providing quality care to the children who come to stay with us. They bring considerable experience, skill, training, and compassion to the excellent care they provide. Each nurse is knowledgeable about the individual child's routine, preferences, physical and emotional needs, and makes every effort to provide the continuity of care from home to hospital. Nurses are assisted by an excellent team of support staff.
Bunmi Okanlami MD, President
Dr. Bunmi Okanlami is a pediatric intensivist with a special interest in development of programs that address the issues of underserved populations such as medically fragile children and the medically under-served worldwide. She completed Pediatric residency at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD in 1993. Dr. Okanlami completed an Executive MBA at the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and served as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Transport Services and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Children’s Hospital, South Bend, IN until December 2016. Dr. Okanlami has a passion for children that extends beyond her role in their acute care in the hospital. Together with a small group of community members, she founded the O’Hana Heritage Foundation Inc. in 2004 to serve and support medically fragile children and their families. With her knowledge of pediatrics, her entrepreneurial spirit and her gift of philanthropy, Dr. Okanlami has poured those skills into countless hours of voluntary service developing the O’Hana Heritage Foundation and A Rosie Place and addressing the unique needs of medically fragile children and their families and continues to be an advocate for children.
Tieal Bishop, CEO & Executive Director
Tieal graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996 with a degree in Sociology. From there, she began developing her relational skills while serving underprivileged children and people with disabilities. Today, her passion is evident. She knows firsthand the importance of excellent health care and home management of a fragile child. At 27, Tieal gave birth to her son who became medically fragile. A healthy boy now, Max continues to motivate her to advocate on behalf of families who still struggle to keep their children and families healthy under extremely stressful circumstances. Tieal joined the O’Hana family as the parent representative serving on the Board of Directors and was recruited by the organization to become the first paid employee in 2005. Her background in the disability field, her knowledge of reimbursement and state policy, and her own personal experience convinced the Board she was uniquely suited to represent the new organization and to advance the mission. With her leadership the dreams of the organization and espoused ideas were transformed into tangible reality for fragile children by the completion of A Rosie Place; the first specialty hospital in the state of Indiana dedicated and designed to serve medically fragile children. Her success at fundraising the over 5 million dollars to date, without formal training in fundraising or development, speaks to versatility and tenacity of her character. She continues to nurture valuable relationships that are crucial for the support of the charity now and in the future.
Mary Degeneffe MD, Medical Director
Dr. Degeneffe completed her residency and served as Chief Resident at Lutheran General Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. Dr. Degeneffe is currently a physician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Children’s Hospital, South Bend, IN as well as Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, IN. She is a founding member of O’Hana Heritage Foundation and has served as Vice President since its inception in 2004. When she joined the Board of Directors, she was a Pediatrician in South Bend who specialized in medically complex children. Due to her background and hands on teaching style, she lead the team in the initial stages of operational and policy development and continues to lead procedure development and implementation for A Rosie Place. Her dedication to the vision of A Rosie Place is indisputable as her numerous hours role as Medical Director of A Rosie Place has been entirely donated to the organization.
Michaeleen Conlee, rN, BHA, Administrator
Michaeleen Conlee comes to A Rosie Place with 35 years of healthcare experience with 11 years in healthcare administration having worked as Executive Director for Woman’s and Children’s Services and registered nurse at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Michaeleen was the Project Manager of the new Beacon's Children's Hospital. There she initiated new programs, expanded upon previous programs, and was instrumental in the development of high quality and safety initiatives. Michaeleen is always looking for ways to provide guidance and direction to her leadership team to help them be more successful and strive for further opportunities. She is an active member of the American Nurses Association and The National Association of Children’s Hospitals in order to stay current and ready herself and her staff for improvement opportunities. Michaeleen's leadership and passion for the delivery of innovative, high quality care for fragile children insures the growth and viability of A Rosie Place for Children.