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Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Team 


Delivering precious cargo, 24 hours a day


Each year, more than 650 critically ill infants come to the Dana Brown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at SSM Cardinal Glennon by ambulance, helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.

They arrive with the help of our Transport Teama group of highly skilled professionals that provide essential medical care while babies are in transit.

The team is made up of registered nurses and respiratory therapists with advanced training in the stabilization, treatment and transport of small infants. An attending physician may also accompany the Transport Team during a trip.

The Transport Team serves many hospitals throughout the region. They are readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Handling with care, the entire way

Most new moms are not able to travel with their babies right away after they are born. A baby's first helicopter or ambulance ride to the NICU can be worrisome for Mom.

SSM Cardinal Glennon transport blankies provide a comforting touch during this time.

Here's how the blankies work:

Mom holds the "transport blankie" to her chest, where is absorbs her warmth and unique scent. Then, the blankie is tucked in with her child during the helicopter flight or ambulance ride.

Babies recognize their mother's scent, which helps soothe them. Mom and Baby have a chance to bond, even though they're not together.

Moms tell us that having the blankie travel with their babies makes the separation less scary and more calming for them as well.

Continuing a tradition of excellence

SSM Cardinal Glennon established St. Louis' first Neonatal Transport Team in 1979. Today, we continue to provide this region-wide service in bringing more than 650 critically ill infants to safety at SSM Cardinal Glennon.

Learn more about our Dana Brown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Expanding 24-hour coverage and healing touch

The SSM Cardinal Glennon Transport Team has repositioned its current teams and now has a transport crew stationed in Cape Girardeau, Mo., 24 hours a day in addition to the crews already stationed in St. Louis.

In the cases of very critical patients, time is of the essence. With our experts in Cape Girardeau the children of southern Illinois, southeastern Missouri and eastern Kentucky will have access to faster care when it matters most. About 200 patients come to SSM Cardinal Glennon from this region each year.

We are partnering with North Scott County Ambulance, Cape County Ambulance and Arch Helicopter to best provide the services needed. In addition to bringing children to St. Louis, we also assist with inter-facility transports within the region.

Read more about our Transport Team in Cape Girardeau in an article from the Southeast Missourian


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