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Transfer Center Inpatient and Emergency Services

24/7 Access Center to Transfer a Patient:

866-353-5437

Medical Transport

 

 

Dedicated to the safe transport of infants and children, Valley Children’s Hospital's Medical Transport services cover all of the Hospital’s 45,000 square-mile service area and more. We have specialized experience in transporting neonatal and pediatric patients between hospitals. 

We are essentially a mobile ICU. Valley Children's Medical Transport Teams perform over 1,200 transports annually, two-thirds neonatal and one-third medical.

Air Transport

Air George, the Hospital’s emergency transport helicopter, is an EC-135 which has the latest technology and ample interior room. Our air transport team transports over 400 patients annually, from all over the state. Specially configured for both neonatal and pediatric patients, Air George can be equipped with either an isolette or a pediatric sled. Air George has four full time pilots, with one always on-call, in-hospital, for immediate mission departure. Patient care capabilities include:

  • Blended gases
  • Respiratory and cardiac monitoring
  • Invasive line monitoring
  • Defibrillation/cardioversion/transthoracic pacing equipment
  • Neonatal/pediatric ventilation

Valley Children’s contracts with REACH Air Medical Services for air transport services. REACH provides all air transportation and controls all air transport operations under its operations specifications (OpSpecs). REACH ensures the Air George aircraft is airworthy and compliant with its FAA-approved inspection/maintenance program. REACH specifies the conditions under which flight may be operated. All Air George flight crewmembers assigned to a flight by REACH are qualified, and have been trained under REACH's approved training program.

Ground Transport

In partnership with American Ambulance, Valley Children’s has two ground ambulances that are dedicated to our patients. Our state of the art “kid friendly” ambulances can be equipped with either an isolette or a pediatric specialty gurney. Patient care capabilities include:

  • Blended gases
  • Respiratory and cardiac monitoring
  • Invasive line monitoring
  • Defibrillation/cardioversion/transthoracic pacing equipment
  • Neonatal/pediatric ventilation

Services and Benefits

  • Consultation with a neonatologist or pediatric intensivist
  • Triage and referral to appropriate Valley Children’s attending physician
  • Facilitation with the Valley Children’s transport process including mode of transport best suited to a patient’s needs
  • Evaluation, stabilization and transport of neonatal or pediatric patient from the referring facility to Valley Children's
  • Follow-up information on the status of the patient
  • Educational support in the stabilization of neonatal or pediatric patients prior to the arrival of a specialized team

Multidisciplinary Services

Medical Transport works hand-in-hand with our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Our team works collaboratively with our Emergency Department (ED) for critically ill children. We also work closely with the Hospital’s Trauma Team in transporting critically injured children.

Medical Transport Team

Ground and air transport teams are staffed by the specially trained and skilled critical care registered nurses and critical care respiratory care practitioners who work under the medical direction of our board certified neonatal physicians and pediatric intensivists.

Patient Referral Information

Transfer Center Inpatient and Emergency Services: 1-866-353-KIDS (5437) or 559-353-KIDS (5437)