Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

LifeLine Critical Care Transport Team

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s LifeLine critical care transport team provides round-the-clock specialized transport care to critically ill newborns, infants, children and teens from throughout the state of Florida.

To arrange for transport contact the Patient Transfer Center: 877-222-0404 or 727-767-7337.

Our Services

The Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Neonatal & Pediatric Transport Program provides hospital-to-hospital transfer of patients (newborns through age 18) to and from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. The patients we transport are admitted to Johns Hopkins All Children's Pediatric Emergency Center, NICU, CVICU, PICU or another area of our Hospital.

Our three critical care ambulances are specially designed to decrease noise and vibration.  In addition to the critical medical support equipment, they are equipped with TV/DVD players (for our older patients) and multiple levels of communication (radio, cellular and satellite) systems.

We also transport patients by air, either by helicopter or by fixed wing aircraft (through contracted and licensed vendors).

Our Team

Our Transport Team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Team members include specially trained pediatric registered nurses, respiratory therapists and paramedics. Each team member has neonatal and pediatric critical care experience as well as additional training in advanced cardio-respiratory support and transport critical care.

Neonatal Team:  Nurse and Respiratory Therapist
Pediatric Team:   Nurse and Respiratory Therapist, or Nurse and Paramedic

Team members remain in contact with a neonatology or pediatric critical care physician at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital for medical management of the patient throughout the transport.

Special Transports 

Our team is equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology to meet the needs of critically ill newborns, infants and older pediatric patients. In addition to the standard equipment, we also provide special transport technology, including ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), nitric oxide and heliox therapy.

Helping Patients and Families

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is an advocate of family-centered care, and our Transport Program strives to accommodate a parent or guardian whenever possible.

  • Ground transports:  one parent or legal guardian may ride in the front compartment of the ambulance.
  • Helicopter transports: Due to weight and space limitations, parents are not permitted to ride in the helicopter.
  • Fixed-wing transports: Depending on aircraft size, a family member(s) may ride along.

When it is not possible for a family member to ride along during Transport, our Team provides directions to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital along with guidance and support for family members.

Contact Us

To arrange for transport contact the Patient Transfer Center: 877-222-0404 or 727-767-7337.

For general info regarding the Transport program or for more information about outreach education availability, contact the Transport Office at 727-767-4333.