Pictured is the entire St. Louis Children’s critical care transport team.
ALTON — Alton Memorial Hospital and St. Louis Children’s have announced a new partnership in the care of critically ill infants and children.
AMH is serving as home base for a St. Louis Children’s critical care transport team. A specially equipped mobile intensive care unit (MICU) and KidsFlight helicopter, along with a pediatric-certified paramedic and two registered pediatric nurses, are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to transport the most critical children and infants to specialized care at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
“When a child has a life-threatening condition or injury, timing is a critical factor in their recovery — and often their survival,” said Joan Magruder, president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “The placement of a Children’s transport team with our partners in Alton gives children in southern Illinois a faster, more direct route to highly specialized and life-saving treatment.”
“Having the St. Louis Children’s transport team housed at Alton Memorial Hospital is a tremendous advantage for young patients in our area and will give peace of mind to parents,” said Dave Braasch, president of AMH. “We are excited about this partnership.”
Because the critical transport team is housed at AMH, they are available to the hospital’s emergency and OB departments when not on a transport call.