St. Mary’s is the region’s preferred center for pediatrics, serving more than 14,000 children a year. We are proud to continue that tradition by starting the Children’s Pediatric Transport Team.
This experienced team will consist of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Nurse, a Respiratory Therapist and a Paramedic that will respond to calls from regional hospitals to assist in the care and transport of children to St. Mary’s.
Here’s how the process works:
Those in need call (812) 485-4171. The call will be answered by a PICU Transport Nurse.
The nurse will initiate the transport by notifying the Pediatric Intensivist, a physician who specializes in the care of critically ill children 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Pediatric Intensivist will immediately call the referring physician.
The team will then prepare for and initiate the transport.
The Pediatric Intensivist supervises the transport. The Transport Nurse is trained to use critical, life-saving skills during the ride. The pediatric nursing staff at St. Mary’s is extremely knowledgeable, passionate and has an average of twenty years experience. Our nurses go the extra mile to give the children the quality care they need. We also have a strong support system for the entire family, featuring registered nurses, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, social workers and pastoral care.
The PICU at St. Mary’s Medical Center was established in 1993 and is under the
direction of a pediatric intensivist. Our goal is to provide tertiary care close to home.
In addition to the Children’s Pediatric Transport Team, St. Mary’s also has a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Transport Team and a Maternal Fetal/Obstetrical Transport Team.