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 seven 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.

About Transport

Nationwide Children's Transport program provides 24 hour pediatric and neonatal critical care transport services via mobile ICU, helicopter, and jet aircraft to over 3,000 patients each year, with more than half of those being newborns. The team is one of the few in the country capable of transporting by air neonates on nitric oxide therapy and high-frequency oscillation at the same time.

View Our Critical Care Transport Report

Meet Our Team

The team is comprised of RNs, respiratory therapists, transport technicians (all EMT-P certified), and EMT/EMT-P drivers. Our teams work closely with our medical directors and medical control physicians to provide specialty specific patient care. The care is driven by a combination of medical director-approved protocols and guidelines as well as 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 but not limited to:

  • 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
Medical Director

Amy Haughn, MBA, RN, CMTE
Program Manager
Phone: (614) 722-5171

Chip Henderson, MBA
RW Business Manager
Phone: (614) 722-6226

Meet Our Team

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
Transport Team
431 S. 18th Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205

For more information, contact our transport team business office (non-emergent calls only):

Phone: (614) 355-7600
Fax: (614) 355-7665

CAMTS Accreditation for Nationwide Children's Transport Team

Nationwide Children’s Transport Team for the fourth 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.

Meet Our Patients