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:

Successful 3rd CAMTS accreditation for Nationwide Children’s Transport Team

This July, the Nationwide Children’s Transport Team 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.

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Meet Our Transport Leadership

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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