Norton Children’s Difference
The “Just for Kids” Transport Team consists of registered nurses, respiratory therapists and emergency medical technicians who are dedicated to working with ill and injured newborn and pediatric patients. They are equipped to provide specialized care during transport between hospitals.
The transport team has specially configured mobile intensive care units and aircraft that are designed for acute health care needs. They transport patients 24 hours a day from our referral center partners in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. They are able to travel anywhere in the continental United States in the event that a child requires quality care from Norton Children’s Hospital.
More than 50% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital arrive via the “Just for Kids” Transport Team. More premature babies are surviving at smaller birth weights, and other hospitals in the region may choose the care of Norton Children’s neonatal specialists. Many older children also rely on the transport team to bring them to Norton Children’s Hospital for care from pediatric intensivists, surgeons, hospitalists and subspecialists.
Norton Children’s Hospital is a 300-bed freestanding pediatric hospital. The facility is the primary pediatric teaching site of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Children transported to Norton Children’s Hospital benefit from highly specialized services, including:
- Louisville’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
- One of the largest Level IV neonatal intensive care units in the county
- The Louisville area’s first heart center serving children and adults with congenital heart conditions
- Epilepsy center certified by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers
- The Louisville area’s first pediatric stroke readiness team
- ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) Center of Excellence designation by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
- Wendy Novak Diabetes Center
- Named an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America