CHNC Participants

Banner Image - Photo from symposium of members in a courtyard - Children's Hospitals Neonatal Consortium CHNC

The CHNC is comprised of 34 Children’s Hospitals with Level IV NICUs in the United States and Canada. Volunteers within these centers – neonatologists, advanced practice nurses, neonatal nurses, infection control practitioners, anesthesiologists, and pediatric surgeons – dedicate the time and insights to develop quality and research initiatives across participating institutions.

Through the effort and collaboration of its members, CHNC established the vision and data elements to develop a robust clinical data set for this unique population of high-risk infants. The power of capturing disease-specific data elements, practices and outcomes has translated directly into valid clinical predictions. And by fostering collaboration and benchmarking between hospitals on detailed clinical diagnoses, CHNC has contributed directly to the bottom line of its members by reducing costs and improving quality.

This is an effort to quantify the value of care for medically complex infants: Improving quality and reducing costs and resource utilization at the same time.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Participation in CHND and CHND measures were recognized as scoring criteria by U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital Survey in 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • In 2016, CHND participants accounted for 8 of the top 10 neonatology programs and 10 of 11 in the honor roll list of top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital Survey
  • The SLUG Bug initiative, focused on reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections,  demonstrated a 20% decrease in infections with $69,000 of attributable cost savings per averted infection
  • The STEPP IN initiative, focused on the peri-operative period in neonates, demonstrated a 47% decrease in post-operative hypothermia, a 21% decrease in communication failures and a 64% decrease in respiratory failure

Much of the work of the Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Consortium has been made possible through the support of our children’s hospitals.