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The “Just for Kids” Transport Team began as an ambulance service for newborns in 1978. Over more than 40 years, the team has grown and now transports more than 2,000 newborns, children and adolescents (to age 21) annually.
The safety of our patients and staff is our first priority. Each vehicle maintains up-to-date licensure and inspections as required by state and federal agencies that oversee emergency medical services.
Our transport vehicles were funded by generous donations from community members through the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. If you would like to support the team, consider donating at NortonChildrens.com/Donate
We believe that specialized pediatric transportation can make a tremendous difference in health outcomes of our patients.
When a newborn, child or teen has a serious illness or injury that requires travel to a Norton Children’s medical facility, the “Just for Kids” Transport Team provides care using leading-edge equipment that is customizable for any patient up to age 21. Pediatric and newborn critical care transport team members collaborate with physicians and medical staff to ensure a safe arrival at the designated Norton Children’s medical facility.
Referring facilities should provide the following information when scheduling a transport:
Members of the transport team are able to care for conditions such as:
When arriving at the hospital, visitors are asked to go to the main lobby desk or emergency department and explain that their child was brought there by the “Just for Kids” Transport Team. Directions will be provided.
Norton Children’s Hospital
231 E. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital
4001 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
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: