Our team transports approximately 90 sick newborns each year. The transport team consists of a neonatologist, a nurse, a respiratory therapist, and an EMT-certified ambulance driver. The transport team assembles its equipment and leaves the hospital within 30 minutes of when the call for help is received.
The team may fly in the Medflight helicopter if the baby is extremely unstable, and then the team will bring the baby back to St. Mary's Hospital in our specially-equipped ambulance. The supplies that we bring to transport the baby include a portable incubator, portable ventilator, and all other items needed to stabilize the baby. Babies are transported from all hospitals as far north as Mauston and to the state borders east, west, and south of Madison. We call parents that remain in their hospital, as soon as we have settled the baby in our nursery, to update them on how the trip went and the current condition of the baby.