Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport is the only 24-hour a day, seven day a week transport program in the region dedicated exclusively to neonates, children and adolescents. We also provide specialty transport for expectant mothers with our Maternal Fetal Transport Program. 

Up to ten teams a day are dispatched immediately from bases at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri and Children's Mercy Kansas in Overland Park, Kansas for neonatal and pediatric patients. Up to two neonatal critical care transport teams will have an additional maternal fetal transport nurse to accompany them and respond for expectant mothers requiring transport to a higher level of care. All transports teams respond by dedicated ground ambulance, rotor wing, turbo prop and jet airplanes. 

The transport team has been designed to bridge the gap between Children's Mercy and other medical facilities. Directed by Children's Mercy neonatologists, pediatric intensivists and maternal fetal medicine physicians, the teams consist of advanced life support-trained critical care, respiratory therapists, paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Our new maternal fetal transport teams will also include a nurse with extensive high risk obstetrical experience. Nearly 5800 neonatal, pediatric and maternal fetal transports were completed last year, once again placing them amongst the busiest specialty teams in the country. CMCCT crews are prepared, skilled and confident in their ability to care for expectant mothers and critically ill children throughout the transport process. Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport's commitment to excellence in specialty transport care has earned the Neonatal/ Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence, Fixed Wing Award of Excellence, Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence and Transport Program of the Year, all awarded by the Association of Air Medical Services. The transport program is CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services)-accredited in all three modes of transport.

Transport Services

  • Ground ambulances are operated by Children's Mercy Kansas City.
  • Fixed-wing aircraft are operated by PHI Air Medical, Inc., a FAA Part 135 certificate holder.
  • Rotor-wing aircraft is operated by PHI Air Medical, Inc., a FAA Part 135 certificate holder, and in affiliation with LifeFlight Eagle.

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