Kentucky Kids Crew is a specialty team that provides inter-facility (hospital-to-hospital) critical care transportation for both neonatal (newborn) and pediatric patients. We are the only transport team in the region exclusively dedicated to transporting newborns and children. Our team is directed by neonatologists and pediatric intensivists, and includes:
- Critical care nurses trained in advanced procedures
- Emergency medical technicians who drive the ambulances used for ground transport
- A dedicated transport team on duty 24/7, ready to be mobilized immediately when a referring facility calls
The transport team utilizes state of the art ambulances, helicopters, and other equipment specially designed to meet the needs of our young patients. Our vehicles are equipped as mobile intensive care units that enable the team to provide neonatal and pediatric critical care.
If you need urgent care please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.
All patients transported by the Kentucky Kids Crew are admitted to Kentucky Children's Hospital or the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Department. We also provide transport service from the Kentucky Children's Hospital when the patient can be returned to their community hospitals or other facilities.
Kentucky Kids Crew has been providing ground and air transportation support to physicians and health care facilities throughout Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio since 1979. In 2012, a contractual arrangement was made with PHI Air Medical to provide air transport service for UK in partnership with the Neonatal/Pediatric team, now known as Kentucky Kids Crew.
Our goal is to be the premier transport service for children in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Additionally, we work to improve the pre-transport care of children in the region through outreach education and by strengthening ties with referring providers. Our outreach activities include:
- Neonatal outreach training (S.T.A.B.L.E.) classes for nurses
- Pediatric outreach training classes for health care providers in hospitals and other facilities throughout the region
- Pediatric outreach classes for community EMS services throughout the region
- Community education in association with Safe Kids.
For more information on these educational programs, call 859-257-4678.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the UK Pediatric Transport service will not be allowing parents to accompany pediatric patients that are transported from outside hospitals to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital at UK HealthCare.
Historically, we have allowed one parent to ride in the front seat with the driver. We are trying to be proactive in protecting the patients, parents, and transport staff since there is no way to “socially distance” yourself inside an ambulance.
If you have any questions about this change, please feel free to contact: