Improving intensive care for infants at Children's Hospitals.
The Children's Hospitals Neonatal Consortium (CHNC) began in 2006 as a grass-roots initiative to optimize the care of the infants referred to tertiary neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at children's hospitals throughout the nation. Led by a multi-disciplinary group including NICU medical directors, nursing leaders, respiratory therapists, and other champions for quality and patient safety, they serve to address the unique needs of infants with conditions that commonly require surgical or pediatric sub-specialty care.
In 2008, CHNC partnered with Children's Hospital Association (CHA), an alliance of children's hospitals formerly known as the Child Health Corporation of America, to create a comprehensive dataset, the Children's Hospitals Neonatal Database (CHND), in order to provide a platform for quality improvement and benchmarking. The Executive Committee of the CHNC provides leadership and direction to the comparative neonatal dataset and drives related improvement initiatives.
The CHNC welcomes collaborative relationships with other benchmarking groups.