An hours-old infant arrives at a community hospital that doesn’t have a labor/delivery or pediatric unit. Hospital staff welcome the newborn and call the Johns Hopkins All Children’s LifeLine
critical care transport team for help.
One LifeLine team is stuck in traffic on a Tampa Bay bridge. The evening shift team isn’t scheduled to arrive for 90 minutes. The baby can’t wait.
LifeLine nurses Amy Praznik, R.N., and Jo Lambert, R.N., are working in LifeLine’s Transfer Center and education specialist Wally Miller, R.T., is in an adjacent office. They know they can help. As Lambert stays behind to receive calls, Miller and Praznik set off in a LifeLine ambulance.
Two hours later the infant is in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s neonatal intensive care unit receiving expert care.
“In my humble opinion, these team members are heroes and reflect what our hospital stands for,” says neonatologist Sandra Brooks, M.D.
Shelly Moran, M.S.N., R.N., senior director of nursing for LifeLine, the Emergency Center and other programs, agrees. “When this tiny baby needed them, the team was there. This is who we are every single day.”