Our Impact

VON members have revolutionized the field of neonatology over the past three decades.

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Accelerating the Pace and Magnitude of Improvement in Newborn Care

A culture of quality has transformed neonatology

VON members dedicated to data-driven quality improvement have changed the landscape of neonatal care. NICU teams that collaborate, implement rigorous quality improvement methods, and use data to guide practice provide better care to high-risk infants and their families.

As our worldwide community of practice has grown, VON members have demonstrated remarkable improvement in the outcomes of major conditions, including infections, necrotizing enterocolitis, severe intraventricular hemorrhage, and severe retinopathy of prematurity.

Read about VON Members Achieving QI Aims
VON member NICUs have reduced infection rates to meet or exceed the rate set by the best 25% of NICUs in 2005.

Our Members Make Worldwide Improvement Possible

World’s largest voluntary databases for very low birth weight infants and NICU admissions

The breadth and depth of the information on this vulnerable patient population has made possible groundbreaking research and analysis that has led to new practices and better outcomes, which means NICU graduates and their families can live better lives.

The most successful VON members continuously partner with families, all clinical disciplines, senior leadership, and other improvement teams to achieve and sustain improved outcomes. Interdisciplinary teams guide potentially better practices across institutions and in statewide or regional partnerships. Parents are core to quality improvement for newborn care and family advisors are equal participants and faculty in VON programs.

See How We Facilitate Improvement
Family advisors are core faculty and equal team members in VON quality improvement and are essential to improving care of infants.
Family in NICU

Achieving Measurable and Sustainable Improvement

Data-driven and evidence-based approach to building QI capacity

VON world-class faculty are experts in quality improvement and implementation science who guide and motivate teams to achieve measurable improvement. Participating teams acquire foundational QI skills that can be applied to any challenge they face in the care of infants and families.

VON members use our tools to see trends and rapidly adapt to improve care. Through VON coaching, members learn to use data and research to most effectively drive improvement, and we help teams establish measures and reporting to demonstrate the impact of improvement on finances, outcomes, and the patient and family experience.

Quality Improvement at VON