State-of-the-art Kids Care pediatric and neonatal transport ambulance now serving infants, children across the region
The Kids Care pediatric transport ambulance is equipped with specialized equipment that allows the highly trained Kids Care team to care for patients from 23 weeks gestation to 21 years old. Medical capabilities include ventilator management, CPAP, BiPAP, carbon dioxide monitoring, high-frequency ventilation, hypothermia management, and more.
The new ambulance and the innovative equipment onboard were fully funded by Huntsville Hospital Foundation through its 2018 Huntsville Classic, Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa events. The Huntsville Classic raised $431,000 to provide the new ambulance, plus the majority of the equipment. Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa then ensured the vehicle could provide lifesaving care to neonatal patients by purchasing a Voyager Isolette and ventilator thanks to a record $184,482 in net proceeds.
“The newest Kids Care transport provides excellent, lifesaving care to children across the region thanks to our philanthropic community,” said Danielle Armstrong, Huntsville Hospital Pediatric ICU unit director and Kids Care coordinator. “Kids Care serves approximately 700 patients every year. Around 300 of those are premature neonates who require lifesaving special care and equipment that can only be provided by a critical care transport team like ours at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children.”
The newest vehicle joins the first Kids Care ambulance purchased by Foundation donors in 2003. Both ambulances are sporting new wraps featuring a daytime and nighttime theme. Every child transported receives a special moon and sun pillow to match the ambulances, graciously provided by the Foundation’s Sew Healing program volunteers.
The Kids Care fleet is just one example of the comprehensive services offered at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. The hospital serves almost 200 children every day in its specialty outpatient clinics, pediatric inpatient units and pediatric emergency department. This includes the region’s only Pediatric ICU, St. Jude Affiliate Clinic and child life department.
About Kids Care
Kids Care provides service to all hospitals in North Alabama and central south Tennessee, transporting critically ill and injured infants and children to Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. The Kids Care team has more than 200 years of combined experience specializing in pediatric/neonatal care, including a Registered Nurse and Respiratory Therapist. Kids Care is available 24/7 from Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children with a dispatch goal time of 20 minutes. Approximately 700 patients are transported annually. The ambulances were made possible by generous Huntsville Hospital Foundation donors.
About Huntsville Hospital Foundation
Huntsville Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1978 as the fundraising arm of Huntsville and Madison Hospitals. It strengthens relationships between the hospitals and the community. The Foundation accepts gifts—both individual and corporate—on the hospitals’ behalf, and works to fund present and future equipment and program needs. For more information, visit huntsvillehospitalfoundation.org.