GEI raffle: Engage for Healthy Newborns

Danette Wolford (BSRT, RRT-NPS, ECMO specialist) was the lucky winner of our Engage for Healthy Newborns (EHN) Christmas raffle. She now decided to join our inaugural EHN delegation to Vietnam which will be led by our experienced program leader and master trainer Patty Kelly on April 19-29. Her prize was a free tourism extension, which means that she will enjoy three fascinating days of visiting the famous Angkor Wat temple complex and other nearby sites in neighboring Cambodia.

In today’s blog post, we’re happy to introduce Danette and share a glimpse of her personal and professional life:

Danette Wolford

I have spent the past 8 years in the Johns Hopkins Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a Respiratory Therapist/ECMO Specialist. As an NRP and BLS instructor, I’m teaching our interns and residents about ventilation, blood gas interpretation, and how to intubate and bag-mask-ventilate babies. For newly hired RNs to the NICU, I also teach the basic respiratory equipment, ventilators, blood gases as well as NRP.

In January 2014, I had my first experience with the HBB neonatal resuscitation curriculum. After a visit to the eye doctor, I ended up in Guyana in South America, helping to teach HBB with the World Health Organization (WHO) and PAHO there. This led to a master trainer course that I took in California later in the year, and it will be exciting to teach the course again and in a completely new cultural environment like Vietnam.

While I have gone back to school to finish what I set out to do a very long time ago (PA IPH PhD), the trip with the WHO and PAHO inspired me and showed me that I have a passion for global medicine and programs similar to Doctors Without Borders. I learned for myself that the more we can help others the better off the world will be!

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Personally, I love to travel. Fortunately, my husband travels a lot for his job, so that my 8-year old son and I get to go with him often. When my son found out this past fall that I was planning to go to Ghana, his immediate reaction was “me too?”. It’s nice to have a supportive family in my work, and our son is a major supporter of helping the babies. Thank you all so much for this opportunity.

We’re excited that Danette is joining our inaugural EHN delegation to Vietnam. And, by the way, there are still a few spots available for that delegation (April 19-29). If you’re interested to become an HBB master trainer and have two immediate supervised teaching opportunities at Vietnamese hospitals, please contact us or start the application process here.