Resources for Parents

For parents whose child must be transported to another hospital, understanding all the details can be overwhelming. Our transport team works directly with the referring physician and/or hospital staff to help families understand where their child is being transported, what they can expect when they arrive at the hospital, and to arrange other needs that may arise. Nationwide Children’s Transport Team will send follow up information and patient updates to referring physicians or hospital staff with patient updates within 48 hours of transport, as well as provide weekly updates for the first month your child is admitted to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Why is my child being transferred?

If your child is being transferred, it is most likely because your doctor feels that your child needs more intense, specialized care than your current hospital may be able to provide.

Who can come along?

We try our best to allow one parent or guardian to ride with their child during the transport to Nationwide Children’s. This decision must be made after the team arrives and can assess safety and situations for transporting additional people. Family members will be required to sit in the front passenger seat of the MICU for safety reasons if the driver and pilot are able to approve an additional rider. Mothers that are less than 28 days postpartum will need their doctor’s permission and be discharged from the hospital to ride with the team because of complications that can arise after giving birth. Other family members will be asked to meet up with the Transport Team and their child at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Is Nationwide Children’s NICU the only place my baby can be transported to?

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital provides the finest care for the smallest and sickest infants. But to better serve the needs of our patients and communities, Children’s Hospital has partnered with OhioHealth to also bring intensive infant care to Riverside Methodist, Dublin Methodist, Grant and Doctors’ West hospitals, as well as Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital. Each “hospital within a hospital” provides intensive care for our tiniest patients. Specially trained doctors, nurses and therapists provide around-the-clock treatment and comfort for your baby, using the latest medical advances and technologies.

What is the difference between Level IV and Level III NICUs and Level II NSCUs?

Nationwide Children’s is home to a Level IV NICU, while Doctors West, Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospital all house Level III NICUs. These units are equipped with the most highly trained specialists and technology to care for the sickest and most premature infants.

The Level II Newborn Special Care unit at Dublin Methodist is designed for babies who require special observation, nursing and medical care and equipment. Your child may require this level of care from birth or may be transferred from the more intensive care provided by another hospital.

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