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

Conference Information

Hot Topics in Neonatal (Perinatal) Transport - Thursday, March 2, 2023
Time Description
12:50 pm Welcome by preconference moderator Robert G. Holcomb, MD Sunflower Neonatology
1:00pm - 1:50pm Niki Shimko, MSN RN CCRN CPN C-NPT
1:50pm - 2:10pm (Q&A) Golisano Transport Team Manager
EMS Children's Advisory Council Member
"Just another adult transport - is it really?"
2:10pm - 3:00pm Jan Eichel, MBA, RN, CFRN, EMT-P
3:00pm - 3:20pm (Q&A) Associate Executive Director Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
CAMTS Accreditation
3:20pm - 3:35pm Break
3:40pm - 4:30pm Howard Mark Stein, M.D.
4:30pm - 4:50pm (Q&A) ProMedica Ebeid Children's Hospital-Neonatology
Transport of the Infant with Suspected Cardiac Disease
4:50pm - 5:00pm Closing Remarks by Robert G. Holcomb, MD Sunflower
Friday, March 3, 2023 9:00am – 4:30pm
Time Description
9:00am Welcome by moderator Christopher Stapley, DO
9:15am Martha Sola-Visner, MD
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
“Platelet Transfusions in the NICU: Less is More”
10:15am Sarah Taylor, MD
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
“Evidenced-based Opportunities in Preterm Infant Enteral Nutrition”
11:15am Morning Break
11:30am Leif Nelin, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
“Challenges in Caring for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in 2023”
12:30pm Lunch
1:15pm Misty Good, MD
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
“Heading Towards an Era of Personalized Medicine for NEC: Are we there yet?”
2:15pm Stephen Lassen, PhD
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
“Caring on Empty: Understanding and Managing Compassion Fatigue”
3:15pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm Britton Zuccarelli, MD
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Salina, KS
“To Cool or Not to Cool? Therapeutic Hypothermia Controversies”
4:30pm Closing Remarks by moderator Christopher Stapley, DO

Neonatal Education Symposium Objectives

  1. To determine what is known about the enteral macro- and micronutrient intake to optimize preterm infant outcomes.
  2. Identify how BPD is currently defined and diagnosed.
  3. Recognize how management, particularly ventilation strategies, may impact outcomes.
  4. Discuss use of late steroids and other medications in established BPD.
  5. Immediately recognize appropriate candidates for therapeutic hypothermia and implement treatment in accordance with national guidelines.
  6. Apply evidence-based techniques for preventing and managing compassion fatigue
  7. Understand new ways to prevent intestinal inflammation in NEC.

Transport Pre-conference Objectives

  1. The learners will identify three different aspects of care that differ for the transport of high-risk obstetric patients.
  2. Discuss the presentation and clinical features that increase the index of suspicion for cardiac disease.
  3. Describe the CAMTS accreditation process and benefits.

Virtual Symposium Live Streams

Transport Preconference Live Stream Neonatal Education Symposium Live Stream

Conference Speakers

Neonatal Education Symposium Speakers

Sarah Taylor, MD

Sarah Taylor, MD

Evidence-based opportunities in preterm infant enteral nutrition

Dr. Sarah Taylor is a Professor of Pediatrics and a physician scientist in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. She directs the Yale Neonatal NOuRISH team which investigates, through translational studies and clinical trials, how fetal and neonatal metabolic and nutritional exposures impact infant growth and development. In addition to research conduction, the Yale Neonatal NOuRISH program is training the next generation of neonatal nutrition scientists. Dr. Taylor is honored to bring her nutrition science expertise to workgroups which are setting priorities for maternal and infant health research such as the National Institutes of Child Health and Development (NICHD) and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Pre-B Project, the AND Evidence Analysis Library preterm infant systematic review, the NICHD Breastmilk Ecology: Genesis of Infant Nutrition (BEGIN) project and the NICHD Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating Women. Dr. Taylor has a special interest in human milk and lactation. She has served on the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation executive council and currently serves on the executive board for the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. In 2015, while on faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, she started the Mother’s Milk Bank of South Carolina.

Transport Pre-conference Speakers

Nichole Shimko, MSN RN CCRN CPN C-NPT

Nichole Shimko, MSN RN CCRN CPN C-NPT

Just another adult transport - is it really?

Niki Shimko has been a leader of the pediatric neonatal transport team for over 10 years and was responsible for expanding the care provided to include high-risk maternal transports. Niki has over 23 years of professional nursing experience. She received her BSN from Syracuse University and MSN from Walden University. In 2019, the strategic plan to regionalize perinatal care in the area brought on new challenges for the transport team, creating the development and implementation of the high-risk maternal transport team. Niki’s responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of the team development: administration, research, clinical, education, performance improvement, and ongoing evaluation. Niki is the current President of the Florida Neonatal Pediatric Transport Network Association and a board member of the Florida Association of Critical Care Transport Specialists. She is also a Florida EMS for Children advisory council committee member. She has presented on topics that include the development of the maternal transport team, pediatric special needs, and hurricane evacuation.

Registration Information

Neonatal Education Symposium with Preconference

Main Conference Only - Neonatal Education Symposium

Pre Conference Only -Neonatal Education Symposium; Preconference: Hot Topics in Neonatal Transport

SPONSORS ONLY - Neonatal Education Symposium

Target Audience

This is a program for Neonatal Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Pediatric Sub 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.


Overland Park Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Colorado Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Overland Park Regional Medical Center designates this live activity for 3.0 CME credits for the pre-conference and 6.0 CME credits for the main conference.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 4.4 contact hours for the pre-conference and 7.5 contact hours for the main conference for RN, LPN, or APRN 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.


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

IB International Biomedical
reckitt and Mead Johnson Nutrition
Prolacta Bioscience: Advancing the Science of Human Milk
Abbott Nutrition
Kansas City Shock Trauma Air Rescue