Important Information

We regret to inform you that our 2020 conference has been canceled. Save the date for Friday, November 5, 2021.

NICU Services offered at Centerpoint Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center.

Conference Information

Conference Agenda
Time Description
7:30am Registration, vendors and continental breakfast
8am Welcome by moderator Dr. Chris Stapley
8:15am Christopher C. McPherson, PharmD
St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
“Sedation, Analgesia, and the Newborn Brain: Providing Comfort and Protecting the Growing Brain”
9:15am Josef Neu, MD
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
“Necrotizing Enterocolitis: Why Such Enigma?”
10:15am Morning break / vendors
10:45am Sudarshan Rao Jadcherla, MD, FRCP (Irel), DCH, AGAF
Nationwide Children’s, Columbus, OH
“Feeding Difficulties: Controversies, Advances, and Practice Implications”
11:45am Vendors / lunch setup
12pm Lunch / vendor bingo drawing
12:45pm Charles Michael Cotten, MD
Duke University, Durham, NC
“Hypothermia and Beyond: Fine-Tuning Therapeutic Hypothermia and Evidence for Stem Cells as a Safe and Effective Add-On”
1:45pm Romaine F. Johnson, MD, MPH, FACS
Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
"All Stridor is not Laryngomalacia: A Primer on Neonatal Airway Obstruction"
2:45pm Afternoon break / vendors / vendor bingo drawing
3pm Madge E. Buus-Frank DNP, APRN-BC, FAAN
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
“Critical Cases from the Newborn Nursery: Learning from Never Events, Preventable NICU Admissions and Readmissions”

This conference will enable the participant to:

  1. Identify the appropriate pharmaceutical therapies to provide pain control and protect the newborn brain.
  2. Explain the multi-focal causes of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
  3. Describe the controversies, advances and practice implications of neonatal feeding difficulties.
  4. Discuss the risks and benefits of therapeutic hypothermia and alternative therapies, such as stem cells, for treatment of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
  5. Outline strategies to correctly identify neonatal airway obstructions and treatment interventions.
  6. Analyze case studies from the newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care to learn from, improve care and prevent NICU admissions and readmission.

Conference Speakers

Dr. Madge Buus-Frank is a board-certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and former Executive Vice President and Director of Quality Improvement and Education for Vermont Oxford Network. Dr. Buus-Frank has been actively engaged in improving neonatal care for over three decades, practicing at The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. Dr. Buus-Frank is an internationally recognized educator and consultant. Prior to her role at VON, she collaborated on the design, development and execution of innovative educational and clinical solutions for newborn intensive care units and health systems nationally and internationally. She was the Founding Editor-in-Chief for NANN’s peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Neonatal Care, and has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) for her pioneering work in the field of neonatal care. Dr. Buus-Frank has a strong interest in improving the quality, safety and value of newborn care.

Dr. Madge Buus-Frank

Registration Information

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Hotel Accommodations

Accommodations are available at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. Rooms are available for a special rate of $136 per night, not including tax. Free Wi-Fi is included. Attendees must mention that they are attending the Neonatal Symposium 2019 to receive this rate. Reservations can be made by calling (866) 837-4214. Reservations must be made by Friday, October 11th, 2019 to receive the discounted rate.

The Sheraton Overland Park at the Convention Center
6100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66211
(866) 837-4214

Target Audience

This is a program for Neonatal Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Pediatric Su -Specialists, Respiratory Therapists, Dieticians, and Allied Health Professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of the latest clinically applicable concepts as they relate to the high-risk neonates.


HCA Midwest Health is accredited by the Kansas Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Overland Park Regional Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of six (6.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

HCA Midwest Health is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 7.2 contact hours for RN or LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider No. LT0225-0738. The program must be attended in its entirety to receive continuing education credit. Any participant wishing other continuing education credit must contact his/her professional organization for approval.

The HCA Midwest Health CEU Evaluator has approved this program for 6 hours of Respiratory Continuing Education on behalf of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society, a chapter society of the AARC. Providership KRCS #018.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to our sponsors

Gold Level

Prolacta Bioscience Logo

Silver Level

Chiesi Logo

Platinum Sponsorship

  • On stage recognition during the conference
  • Prominent logo placement on symposium giveaway
  • Premier exhibitor space with two 8' skirted tables
  • Marketing viability pre- and post- conference via symposium web page
  • Prominent placement on all virtual and print event materials
  • Company listing and link to web page from symposium web page
  • Meals and admission to the symposium for 4 exhibitors

Platinum sponsorship fee is $3,000

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For information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please call Sue Schneller at (913) 541-5267.