"Just for Kids" Transport Vehicles
Ground Ambulance Service
The Kosair Children's Hospital "Just for Kids" Transport Team's ground fleet is owned and operated by Norton Healthcare. The fleet is composed of four state-of-the-art ambulances equipped especially for infants and children. The fleet ambulances feature:
- Capability of transporting twins. One ambulance in the fleet can transport triplets.
- Specially designed locked-down system for isolettes and stretchers. Safety restraints are used on all neonatal/pediatric patients.
- A colorful interior that is padded for safety while providing a nonthreatening environment for children.
- Stereos and DVD players to provide distraction therapy for the patient while en route to the destination.
The team's emergency medical technicians (EMTs) hold valid driver's licenses and maintain active Kentucky EMT licenses. They also complete ongoing education, such as Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) annually and Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator course (CEVO IV) every two years. All drivers complete an emergency driving course prior to operating an ambulance.
Fixed Wing Service
The "Just for Kids" Transport Team uses a Beechcraft King Air 200 fixed wing aircraft for transports greater than 100 miles from Louisville. This allows us to provide transport services to just about anywhere in the continental United States. This service is operated by Air Methods Inc., an FAA Part 135 certificate holder. The fixed wing transport aircraft features:
- A custom-designed medical interior capable of transporting neonatal and pediatric patients. The aircraft can be configured to transport twins via two isolettes.
- A DVD player to provide distraction therapy for patients while en route to the destination.
- Satellite telephone and tracking system to provide constant communication while in the air.
- All fixed wing missions are flown by skilled pilots.
Rotor Wing Service
The "Just for Kids" Transport Team uses a BK117 C1 helicopter. A rooftop helipad is located at Kosair Children's Hospital, allowing transport services directly to the hospital. Rotor wing transports are performed within an approximately 170-mile radius of the Louisville area.
Keeping patients and crew members safe during helicopter transport is a top priority. Safety features of the "Just for Kids" Transport Team helicopter include Visual Flight Rules (VFR); ground proximity and traffic-warning systems; and two moving-map GPS with weather overlays.
The rotor wing aircraft is operated by Air Methods Inc., an FAA Part 135 certificate holder.