St. Louis Children’s Hospital Helicopter, Mobile ICU and Clinical Transport Team to be Housed at Parkland Health Center
Parkland Health Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital have announced a new partnership in the care of critically ill infants and children.
Starting May 6, Parkland Health Center will serve as home-base for a St. Louis Children’s Hospital KidsFlight helicopter and mobile intensive care unit, as well as a Children’s Hospital clinical transport team. The team and specialized equipment will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to transport the most critical pediatric patients from rural community hospitals in southern Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky to specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Hospital transport team stationed at Parkland Health Center will include a pediatric-certified paramedic and two registered nurses with extensive training in newborn and pediatric intensive care and pediatric trauma.
"In the world of pediatric transport, every minute matters," says Rick Majzun, vice president for strategic operations at St. Louis Children's Hospital. "This partnership with Parkland Health Center will accelerate the delivery of pediatric expertise to critically ill children in our region. We are better positioned - both medically and geographically - to save lives."
“Having the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Transport Team housed at Parkland Health Center is a tremendous advantage for young patients in our area,” says Tom Karl, president, Parkland Health Center. “We are excited about this partnership and we are very grateful to the St. Francois County Ambulance District for their unanimous support of this project.”
Through funding provided by the Parkland Health Center Foundation, a new helicopter landing pad will be constructed at Parkland Health Center, along with sleeping quarters for the clinical transport team and a cover for the mobile ICU. “The Foundation is very pleased to be able to provide the necessary funds to help facilitate this project,” said John Crouch, chairman, Parkland Health Center Foundation. “We believe our donors will be very pleased to see that their generous gifts to the Foundation are being used to potentially save lives and raise the bar on health care delivery in this area.”
Because the clinical transport team will be housed at Parkland Health Center, they will be available to Parkland Health Center’s emergency and OB departments when not on a transport call.
The entire St. Louis Children’s Hospital transport team conducts approximately 2,500 transports annually. Most transports involve newborn or critically ill babies who require specialized care in the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), or children who have suffered injury or trauma requiring care at the region’s only level one pediatric trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons.
Success in overcoming a traumatic injury is often determined within the first hour after the injury. Quick arrival to a level one trauma center can set the course for that child’s recovery, or even survival. By stationing one team at Parkland Health Center, the overall Children’s Hospital transport team will be positioned to respond to any call within ten minutes.
This new service will bring definitive care to critically ill children and newborns in the region, as well as education and outreach opportunities within Parkland’s community and ambulance district. Medical dispatch, control and oversight will remain at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, which will continue to be the hub for the hospital’s fixed wing plane, three additional mobile ICUs and second KidsFlight helicopter.
Highly specialized transport services like maternal-fetal (for pregnant women requiring specialized transport) and ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) transport, will originate from St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report named St. Louis Children’s Hospital to its Honor Roll of American’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Children’s Hospital was one of 12 hospitals on the elite list. The hospital has been honored by U.S. News for 10 consecutive years. For additional information about St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Parkland Health Center, please visit www.stlouischildrens.org and www.parklandhealthcenter.org.