Neonatal/Perinatal Outreach Center

CHKD's Neonatal/Perinatal Outreach Center (NPOC) is responsible for providing and coordinating a wide variety of services and programs for professionals who deliver neonatal and perinatal health care. The center serves as the regional leader in seeking ways to improve the quality of health care in eastern Virginia for patients, families and communities.

Working closely with the hospital's neonatologists, the NPOC staff coordinates and provides a variety of important services for area hospitals and professionals, including:

  • Collection and distribution of neonatal transport patient data
  • Maternal Neonatal Transport Case Reviews
  • Education
  • Research

All newborns who are transported to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are followed by the staff of the Neonatal Perinatal Outreach Center. Ongoing communication regarding the infant's condition throughout the NICU course is provided to the referring physicians and hospitals. Quarterly reviews of transported infants are held at individual regional referral hospitals.

For more information please contact Karen Horton, RN, BSN Neonatal/Perinatal Outreach Coordinator at 757-668-9140 or send an e-mail to