When Time is Critical, our Team Goes the Extra Mile
As Nationwide Children’s Hospital's 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.
We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation on Medical Transport Systems.
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.
Meet Our Team
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
Edward G. Shepherd, MD
Amy Haughn, MBA, RN, CMTE
Phone: (614) 722-5171 RW
Chip Henderson, MBA
Phone: (614) 722-6226
Refer a Patient
Call our Physician Direct Connect Line, a 24-hour physician/provider consult-transfer center, managed by experienced RNs who can assist with:
- Transfer requests
- Referrals from local and regional physicians
- ED referrals
- Direct admissions
- Physician to physician consultation requests
Let the staff at Nationwide Children's help you by calling:
- (614) 355-0221
- (877) 355-0221 (Toll Free)
Nationwide Children's Hospital
525 Kennedy Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43215
For more information, contact our transport team (non-emergent calls only):
Phone: (614) 355-7600
Fax: (614) 355-7665
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The Transport Team utilizes a variety of modes of transportation, allowing us to provide extended transport services throughout the United States.
Transport has expanded services to now include a fully-dedicated helicopter (named Monarch 1) to serve critically-ill patients.
CAMTS accreditation for Nationwide Children’s Transport Team
Nationwide Children’s Transport Team for the third time received a “Fully accredited” status on the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) accreditation. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit agency which audits and accredits airplane, helicopter, and ground medical transport services worldwide to a set of industry established standards.
The team’s commitment to best outcomes is reflective in this accreditation. Being CAMTS accredited is considered one of the most prestigious certifications a medical transport company can achieve. The accreditation is voluntary and granted to programs that demonstrate substantial compliance with the accreditation standards to demonstrate their ability to deliver safe and high quality services. The team successfully completed a rigorous review of all services; dispatch, ground, helicopter, and airplane, as well as site inspections, reviews of documentation, and personal interviews of medical transportation personnel, hospital corporate compliance, and examinations as part of the overall accreditation process.