Clinical and Education Programs

The Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine provides programs important to the education of health care providers and the health of children in the state of Indiana.  Our clinical and education programs include:

Lifeline Critical Care Transport - the largest dedicated neonatal/pediatric transport program in the state. It is the only full-service transport program in Indiana capable of providing helicopter, fixed wing, and ground ambulance service for all patients.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioners – Our NNPs attend high risk deliveries, execute clinical management decisions for critically ill newborns, provide expert procedural competency for intensive care managements, and ensure support for families of these newborns in each of these units.

ECMO - Riley Hospital for Children is the first hospital in Indiana to provide the advanced life support technique called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). Trainees in the Neonatology and Pediatric Surgery Fellowship programs learn the complex interplay between technically complicated cardiopulmonary devices and personnel-intensive services provided by expert technical specialists and physicians.

Simulation Program – Our simulation programs include Training in Pediatric Simulation (TIPS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) programs to educate students from the IU School of Medicine and School of Nursing, as well as residents and fellows from multiple specialties including pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice.

Simulation Instructor Course - Through this intensive course, our multidisciplinary team trains healthcare providers at all levels of experience in the skills necessary to initiate a simulation program.  Learners will create scenarios based on their specific needs, execute those scenarios with practice using video, embedded participants and moulage for added realism, and then apply the debriefing techniques learned in the course.  For information about the course, available dates, and how to register, visit the course site.

Community Outreach Simulation Program - Training is geared toward multi-professional resuscitation teams in their own environment. Each educational program is specifically tailored to the needs of the participants.

Simulation Education Instructor Course - This two and a half day course trains healthcare providers in simulation education skills including debriefing and simulation program development.

Red Shoes Award - This award is given each year to the senior medical resident at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health who exemplifies the ability to reach out to patients, their families and other staff members and treats them with the utmost care and respect.

NICU Nest Support Services - The NICU Nest is a comprehensive support service for families prenatally, in the NICU, and after their discharge to home.  The NICU Nest staff provide navigation throughout the entire experience. A key feature of the NICU Nest support services is helping families with health care financing.   The NICU Nest is designed by families and is staffed by former parents who had their own high-risk pregnancies, NICU experiences, and children with special health care needs.  To learn more about the NICU Nest please go to

NeuroNICU Program - The NeuroNICU program is a joint collaborative between the Level IV NICU and the highly ranked Pediatric Neurology department. The NeuroNICU program is designed to provide consistent expert care, targeted surveillance, evidence-based treatment options and support for newborns with serious neurologic problems - including seizures, intracranial hemorrhage, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, malformations, and hydrocephalus.

Bereavement Program - Hope in Healing is our bereavement program that provides compassionate, individualized grief support to families who have lost a child at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.