Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Critical Care Transport Team nationally recognized

By The Mercury

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) honored the Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Critical Care Transport Team with the 2012 Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence.

The AAMS Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence recognizes an individual or team that has made a significant contribution to the overall enhancement, development, leadership and/or promotion of neonatal/pediatric patient care, education, research or safety in the medical transport setting.

This is the fourth time the AAMS has honored Children’s Mercy. In 2007, the Critical Care Transport Team was named ‘Transport Program of the Year,’ in 2006 the team received the ‘Fixed Wing Award of Excellence,’ and in 2005 the team received the ‘Critical Care Ground Award of Excellence.’

“Our team began providing transport for critically ill infants in the late 1960s. Over the next 40 years, our team has developed into one of the most robust neonatal and pediatric teams in the country,” Sherry McCool RRT-NPS, MHA, CMTE, Director of Transport Services at Children’s Mercy, said. “It is exciting to be recognized for our contribution to the advancements in neonatal and pediatric transport medicine. Our transport team members are highly skilled, dedicated and passionate about the care they provide to their patients.”

Children’s Mercy operates one of the top three busiest pediatric transport teams in the country, and handles more than 4,500 transports a year. The team, which provides support to more than 200 rural and community hospitals, has more than 90 staff members, including registered nurses, respiratory therapists, EMTs communication specialists, pilots and mechanics. The Critical Care Transport Team utilizes three modes of transport, including nine ground ambulances, a dedicated American Eurocopter EC-145 helicopter, and a Beechcraft King Air 200 fixed wing aircraft.

The ‘Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Award of Excellence’ will be presented to the Children’s Mercy Critical Care Transport Team this month at the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle.

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