Registry Partners recently had the honor to attend the 2021 Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium Symposium, November 1st through 3rd at the Omni Galleria in Houston, Texas. The Symposium focused on process, improvement, and recent developments in neonatal care across the level four NICUs in the CHNC. The conference “kicked off” for Registry Partners on Halloween night with a dinner for colleagues and friends. A spooktacular time was had by all. Keynote speakers throughout the symposium included Dr. Amy Wagner, Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams, Jennifer Canvasser, Dr. Luca Brunelli, and Dr. Venkatesh Sampath.
Monday morning brought a round of Jeopardy for the Data Coordinators and speaking events covering a variety of topics including Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Improving Discharge Outcomes. Monday afternoon meant the opening remarks and invited speakers to bring updates and unique views to current topics in the Neonatal world. Dr. Theresa Grover highlighted the incredible growth of the CHNC Focus Groups (7 new groups started in 2020-2021, making a total of 20 active groups!). CIQI and Aaron Ross presented the work of the CIQI steering group and the impact of the ERASE Pain Collaborative on neonatal pain.
Tuesday morning guided the data coordinators through learning tips and tricks of navigating various EMRs, and Dr. Karna Murthy showed the impressive work the CHNC achieved in data transparency in data sharing across hospitals. Fellows were also able to network with Senior Division Leaders at the TECaN networking session. The afternoon session brought Jennifer Canvasser sharing the story of her son, Micah, and his battle with, and ultimate death from, NEC, in a thought-provoking presentation, “The Audacity to Believe in a World without NEC”.
Both Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning highlighted the Focus Groups and the strides they have made over the last year, including new projects starting, others completing, and several in planning stages. Wednesday afternoon brought the end to the conference, but not before other workshops emphasizing QI projects, including optimizing care for complex patients, and cultivating psychological safety in the NICU.
Registry Partners was honored to be a part of such an amazing symposium stressing the need to continue to improve care for our smallest patients. Susan Bedwell, Ph.D., from Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, was the winner of our raffle for a roll aboard luggage. We were happy to meet with so many of our partners and symposium participants. We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Indianapolis.