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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, ready to be dispatched


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 maternal fetal transport teams also include a nurse with extensive high risk obstetrical experience. Nearly 5,800 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.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services


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.

  • 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.

Safety is the top priority for Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport


Safety awareness is integrated into all aspects of the transport program. Each day people entrust the transport teams with their lives and the lives of their loved ones. We believe we must always be worthy of that trust.

Learn about the safety precautions we utilize with every service.

Services

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services

In accordance with providing the very best care possible for every child, Children's Mercy Kansas City believes that specialized care during transport can make a tremendous difference.

Children's Mercy Critical Care Transport provides outreach education for community clinic and hospital nurses, EMS and fire personnel in conjunction with our Trauma Services and Neonatal Outreach programs.

Learn the transport team's coverage area and information on Children's Mercy heliports.

View the different modes of transportation Children's Mercy offers from ground to air.

Critical Care Transport Team

Critical Care Transport Team

  • Specially trained registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and paramedics or emergency medical technicians make up the crew for each neonatal/pediatric critical care transport team.

  • Teams are trained and confident in advanced therapies during transport such as high-frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, neonatal whole-body cooling, surfactant administration, helium/oxygen therapy and effective pain management for patients of all ages.

  • Nurses and respiratory therapists are skilled at performing advanced skills such as intubation, laryngeal mask airway, long nasal CPAP, needle cricothyrotomy, chest decompression, umbilical line placement, intraosseous placement, external jugular line placement and VP shunt management.

  • Nurses and respiratory therapists have a minimum of three years of experience in pediatric/neonatal critical care or high risk obstetrics before joining our team and receive extensive training in disease and injury pathophysiology as well as pharmacology during our extensive orientation

  • Paramedics and emergency medical technicians receive a minimum of 400 hours of training in pediatric specialty care and the transport process. 

  • Our 24/7 dispatch center features certified flight communication specialists (minimum emergency medical technicians or paramedics) to dispatch the appropriate mode of transport within minutes of the request and are responsible for ground and flight following.

  • Our 24/7 Transfer Center features certified flight communication specialists to dispatch the appropriate mode of transport within minutes of the request and are responsible for ground and flight following.

Children's Mercy

  • Children's Mercy Adele Hall campus, a 314 bed pediatric hospital with obstetric beds in the Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center located in Kansas City, Missouri

  • Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas, a 53 bed pediatric hospital with a 24-hour Emergency Department in Overland Park, Kansas

  • The Kansas City, MO campus has the region's only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

  • Immediate access to more than 700 pediatric specialists covering more than 40 areas of specialty

  • The only acute-care hospital and trauma center in the area exclusively for children

  • Named one of the top children's hospitals in America by Child Magazine

  • Ranked once again as one of America’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News and World Report

  • 87 bed Intensive Care Nursery with 24-hour in-house coverage by board certified neonatologists

  • 41 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with 24-hour in-house coverage by board-certified pediatric intensivists

  • The Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center

  • First hospital in Missouri and Kansas to receive Magnet Designationfrom the American Nurses Credentialing Center for superior nursing quality






Contact the Critical Care Transport Team


Transport business office/crew's quarters

transport@cmh.edu
(816) 234-3166


Transport staff 

Sherry McCool RRT-NPS, MHA, CMTE
Director of Transport 
smccool@cmh.edu
(816) 983-6552

Christy Dressler RRT-NPS, C-NPT
Assistant Director, Transport Operational Services
cdressler@cmh.edu 
(816) 802-1112

Lisa Pruitt, BSN, RN, C-NPT
Assistant Director, Clinical Services
lmpruitt1@cmh.edu
(816) 983-6869

Cindy Hubbard, BSN, RN, CCRN
Safety Officer
cjhubbard@cmh.edu 
(816) 983-6471

 

 

Amy Uffendell, BSN, RN, CPN
Education Coordinator
aaltergott@cmh.edu
(816) 983-6386

Mike Weckwerth EMT-P, CFC
Transport Information Specialist
maweckwerth@cmh.edu
(816) 983-6497

Jeff Hays, EMT
Ground Fleet Coordinator
jrhays@cmh.edu
(816) 234-3011

Nancy Orcutt
Transport Office Manager
norcutt@cmh.edu
(816) 234-3586

Brian S. Olsen, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care Transport
bsolsen@cmh.edu
(816) 234-3041

Emily McNellis, MD
Medical Director, Neonatal Critical Care Transport
emmcnellis@cmh.edu
(816) 234-7527