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Education Neonatal Outreach Education

The Neonatal Outreach Education Program at Children's Mercy is designed to promote the education of the region's health care professionals and the public about neonatal and perinatal care.

We offer both didactic and clinical skills programs. Course options include: Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) provider courses, S.T.A.B.L.E. program learner course, simulation with neonatal stabilization scenarios, cardiac module, physical and gestational age assessment of the newborn, lactation conference, and fetal monitoring courses. Immediate consultation with Children's Mercy physicians, nurses, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and other staff is available on an ongoing basis. 


  • Educate professional staff regarding comprehensive neonatal-perinatal care.
  • Educate the public to promote optimal newborn health.
  • Develop individualized teaching programs for community hospital personnel.
  • Provide and promote multidisciplinary communication and timely, professional consultation.

Regional Neonatal Conference

Our 3rd Annual Regional Neonatal Conference, Decision-Making for Optimal Outcomes, is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017 at Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas. Registration is now available. You may also register for upcoming courses (see live registration links below). If you have questions or need assistance in determining education needs, please see contact information for Patricia Reuter, Neonatal Outreach Education Coordinator, below. 

Conference brochure and agenda (pdf)

Parking Map

Speaker Presentations

NRP--The Science Behind the Changes (Brunkhorst)
But I Can't See the Baby! (Goodwin)
Breast is Best Unless You Ingest (Carr)
Wrestling with Safe Sleep (Cleary)
Management of Respirator Distress Syndrome and Pneumothorax in the Neonate on Transport (McNellis, Cunningham, Nellor, May)
When Grief Visits the Bedside (Linebarger & Voigt)
IDM: It's Not Just About Sugar (Churchman)
Big Babies, Little Eaters (Hardy)
Improving the Outcomes of Infants with Complex Congenital Heart Disease Throughout the First Year of Life (Ricketts, Beaven, Nellor & Olsen)


Patricia A. Reuter, MSN, RNC-NIC, has been coordinating the Neonatal Outreach program at Children's Mercy since 1990. She received her diploma in Nursing from Saint Luke's School of Nursing in Sioux City, Iowa; a BSN from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio; and an MSN from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. Her areas of expertise include neonatal resuscitation, gestational age assessment, care of parents, ethical concerns, and the coordination of education programs for perinatal health care professionals.

Contact: Pat Reuter  
Phone: (816) 234-1602
Address: Children's Mercy
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Email: preuter@cmh.edu

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