The Children's Critical Care Transport team originated in 1983 to meet the specific needs for transporting critically ill and injured children. Since Birmingham offered such high levels of care and treatment regimens, the demand for a means of getting these patients here was on the rise as well as the concerns of transporting critically ill children. Critical Care Transport came through with the ability to take the knowledge and technology that was based here in Birmingham, and carry it out to the critically ill all while incorporating the ability to transport these patients back to Birmingham in an efficient and controlled environment.
As needs have progressed, so has the Critical Care Transport team. Children's CCT team currently offers transport of critically ill patients by the means of a specially trained group of nurses and respiratory therapists. We now provide HELICOPTER, JET and GROUND transport based on patient acuity, location and weather. All of our vehicles provide the team with special equipment designed specifically for transport allowing us to provide top of the line care to our patients.
In 2008, after years of sharing one helicopter with Alabama LifeSaver, we launched our first ever dedicated helicopter solely for the transport of pediatric and neonatal patients. Easily identified with the Children's Hospital's red and white branding, our Bell 206-L4 flies inter-facility transports within a 150-175 mile radius of Birmingham.