Transport :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Transport Program

Nationwide Children's Transport program provides 24 hour pediatric and neonatal critical care transport services via mobile ICU, helicopter, and jet aircraft to over 1,800 patients each year, with more than half of those being newborns. The team is one of the few in the country capable of transporting neonates on nitric oxide therapy and high-frequency oscillation at the same time.

Team Members

The team is comprised of RNs, Respiratory Therapists, Transport Technicians (all EMT-P certified), and EMT-drivers. Our teams work closely with our medical directors and medical control physicians, and all medical care is driven by a combination of medical director-approved protocols and guidelines and online medical control via telephone during the transport process. All primary care providers on the team are trained and proficient in many advanced skills, including:

  • Advanced pediatric/neonatal assessment
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Advanced ventilator management
  • Umbilical catheter placement
  • Critical care medication administration
  • Chest tube insertion
  • Nitric oxide administration

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Patient Stories


Meet Blake

Baby Blake had a whole team in place just for him, months before he entered the world. Diagnosed with spina bifida, Blake would need surgery within his first few days of life. Follow Blake's incredible journey home.


Meet Parker

The Transport Program at Nationwide Children's

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Transport Team Mission Statement

As Nationwide Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team our mission is to provide emergency care and stabilization of the neonatal, pediatric and adult patient population. The transport program provides critical care inter-facility transportation, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The team provides transportation combined with a high level of care to critically ill patients from referring hospitals to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to receive specialty care. On occasion the team provides “reverse” transportation to referring hospitals after receiving care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The Critical Care Transport Team now has an email address for both praise and constructive feedback about the transport process:

Public Notice

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Transport Program on June 1-2, 2017. 

The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded to the program. 

CAMTS accreditation standards deal with the issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for the relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 5 business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such request should be addressed to: 

Office of the Executive Director
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
PO Box 130
Sandy Springs, SC 29677

The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting. 

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be removed until the site visit is completed. 

Date posted: April 25, 2017

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Helicopter Services: Monarch 1

Nationwide Children's Hospital's Helicopter, Monarch 1

We are expanding our critical care transport services by establishing a fully dedicated helicopter for neonatal and pediatric transports. The state-of-the-art EC145 helicopter, named Monarch 1, features the best in size, performance and technology allowing for the safe transportation of critically ill patients.

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Inside Monarch 1: video, photos and more »

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