pediatric transport

Who We Are and What We Do

Highly trained, committed, primed, and ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice: The Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Team serves our most vulnerable patients and their families by transferring more than 1,300 children to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida each year.

The Pediatric Neonatal Transport Team is a specialized group of experienced pediatric and neonatal critical care registered nurses, registered respiratory therapist and EMT or paramedics who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to transport pediatric or neonatal patients via a specialized kid-friendly ambulance.

Contact us when a child needs to be transferred to our specialty hospital, which is staffed by pediatric experts who always put our young patients first. Our team remains in contact with a neonatologist or pediatric intensivist throughout the transport and also follows pediatric- or neonatal-specific protocols to ensure the best and most appropriate care.

Training, technology, and technique

Our dedication helps children in Southwest Florida and beyond get the lifesaving help they need every single day. We believe in compassionate, professional service that focuses on the family. We have access to all the latest technology and research to improve health care for children, but it goes beyond that: Children are more than just small adults, and they need care in a soothing environment that eases anxiety and fear.

Our training ensures we operate in a different way, and you will notice the distinction right away. We use proven distraction techniques such as iPads and other electronics, child-friendly equipment and instruments, and an ambulance interior that will immediately put patients at ease.

Services We Provide:

  • Advanced airway management, mechanical ventilators and intubations
  • Inhaled nitric oxide
  • High risk deliveries and neonatal resuscitation
  • UAC/UVC placement
  • Pediatric resuscitation
  • IV/IO placement

Research shows that pediatric patients transported by pediatric specialty teams have fewer unplanned events during transport, including the reduced likelihood of airway events, cardiopulmonary arrest, loss of IV access and sustained hypotension, and/or hypoxia without intervention.

For these reasons, when you need us, we’ll be there. It’s just another way Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida remains committed to the needs of the patients and communities we serve.


Frequently Asked Questions

How is a transport initiated?

Call 239-343-2370, and our transfer center will arrange logistics. This unique service simplifies the process of transferring a patient and ensures that the patient is transferred to a facility with the appropriate sub-specialties and equipment to handle the patient’s level of acuity.

What information do I need to provide to the transfer center when setting up a transport?

  • Patient name, date of birth, weight
  • Diagnosis/chief complaint
  • Focused history and assessment findings

Can parents ride along with their child during transport?

Yes. One parent rider is allowed to accompany his or her child during the ambulance transport.


Outreach Education and Community Events

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida’s Pediatric and Neonatal Transport team brings continuing education programs to your staff to help ensure the best care for your newborn and pediatric patients. Our goal is to help your team broaden their knowledge on specialized neonatal and pediatric care. We can customize topics to meet your facility’s needs.

We’d love to show you our fleet and help further education throughout the community. Our staff and ambulances are mobile billboards for all of Florida, so learn more about us and the benefits we provide!

If you’d like more information, please contact Clinical Coordinator Niki Shimko at 239-343-6333 or Nichole.shimko@leehealth.org