Your VON Newsletter – March 2018

  Your VON Newsletter Inspire. Innovate. Accelerate. Annual Quality Congress Registration is Open Are You and Your NICU Prepared for the Future? VON’s Annual Quality Congress is designed for your entire interdisciplinary team. Gather with the worldwide community of practice to explore the following themes: Using the NICU Wisely; Follow-Through: Care beyond the NICU Walls; […]

Cochrane at VON

Vermont Oxford Network is now supporting Cochrane Neonatal to provide the neonatal community of practice and VON members convenient access to Cochrane Neonatal reviews. VON’s support ensures that evidence-based, regularly updated, systematic reviews of the effects of therapies in neonatal-perinatal medicine remain available to the public. Starting in Spring 2018, you will be able to […]

Ethiopian Neonatal Network Launched

Dr. Danielle Ehret, VON’s director of global health, and Dr. Jeffrey Horbar, VON chief executive and scientific officer, visited Ethiopia for six days in February to kick-off the Ethiopian Neonatal Network. Medical and nursing leaders shared excitement to form this national network within VON’s worldwide community of practice, and hope that this standardized data and […]

ELBW Follow-Up is now on REDCap

VON’s Extremely Low Birth Weight Follow-Up Database has introduced data collection through REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture). Participating centers are switching from paper submission to REDCap beginning with 2016 birth year data. The new application will increase efficiency and convenience. So far, about one-third of centers submitting to the ELBW Follow-Up Database have converted to […]

Vermont Oxford Network is One of the Best Places to Work in Vermont

Vermont Oxford Network was recently named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont. The twelfth annual list of the Best Places to Work in Vermont was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource […]

VON Day Audit Identifies Improvement Opportunities for iNICQ Teams

Antibiotic overuse and misuse is a worldwide challenge and antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed agents for newborns.  Currently more than 140 teams are working together to address this challenge in VON’s internet-based quality improvement collaborative (iNICQ: Choosing Antibiotics Wisely) offered in partnership with the CDC. In February, teams enrolled in iNICQ: Choosing […]

Welcome Yolanda Ogbolu to the VON Board of Directors

This winter, Vermont Oxford Network welcomed Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, to the board of directors. Dr. Ogbolu is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the director of its Office of Global Health, and she has more than 20 years of experience as a neonatal nurse practitioner in NICUs […]

Remembering Dr. Jerold Lucey

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that Jerold F. Lucey, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont and a founder of Vermont Oxford Network, passed away on December 10, 2017. His extraordinary achievements as a clinician, scientist, editor, and educator have transformed the fields of pediatrics […]

Your VON Newsletter – December 2017

Your VON Newsletter is distributed quarterly by email. The December issue includes updates about VON quality improvement (including a partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement), information about a fundraising campaign for global health, the latest NICU by the Numbers report analyzing antenatal steroids exposure discrepancies between inborn and outborn populations, and links to other […]

Prepare for eNICQ6 in 2018

VON’s new software for data entry, eNICQ 6, is targeted for release the first week of January 2018. We are excited about this improved software, which includes streamlined data entry and a simplified interface, and we’re looking forward to releasing it to members soon. While eNICQ 5.5.1 allows you to complete birth year 2017 finalization, eNICQ 6 is […]