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Pediatric Transport Program

Pediatric Transport Team with New Ambulance

Bringing Golisano Children’s Hospital To You

How can critically ill or injured children get to our hospital — quickly and safely? With the help of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Program.

This program provides transport services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our team is experienced in the resuscitation, stabilization and transfer of pediatric patients through 18 years of age.

Serving Upstate New York, we are helping ensure that children can get the excellent critical care services they need.

The Critical Care Transport Team

The team includes a pediatric transport nurse, a pediatric transport respiratory therapist, a paramedic, and when necessary, a pediatric critical care physician.

The team manages critically ill children with a wide range of conditions, including respiratory failure, shock, cardiac disease and neurologic conditions. With advanced skills — such as airway management, ECMO, CRRT, high flow nasal cannula, invasive monitoring, and arterial and venous access — they provide ongoing care to patients throughout the transfer process while under the close supervision of a pediatric critical care physician.

Rebecca Gillis
Rebecca Gillis, R.R.T.
Respiratory Clinical Care Coordinator
Leslie Warren, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., Transport Team Coordinator
Leslie Warren, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., C.-N.P.T.
Transport Team Coordinator
Jill Marie Cholette, M.D. Transport Team Medical Director
Jill Marie Cholette, M.D.
Medical Director, Critical Care Transport Program
  • Jim Baker, R.R.T.
  • Christopher Brown, E.M.T.
  • Scott Bryan, R.R.T.
  • Delena Chase, R.R.T.
  • Matthew Comer, R.N.
  • Chelsea Cond, R.R.T.
  • Justin Connolly, E.M.T.
  • Joyce Deng, E.M.T.
  • Eshaan Deshmukh, E.M.T.
  • Ryan Early, R.N., B.S.N., A.B.L.S, A.T.C.N., C.P.E.N.
  • Kayla Ellis, R.N., B.S.N., C.P.S.T.
  • Micheal Filice, R.R.T.
  • Jessika Fontan, E.M.T.
  • Dottie Hatley, R.R.T.
  • Nick Hessong, R.N., B.S.N., C.P.E.N.
  • Daniel Kaser, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., C.-N.P.T.
  • Amber Kates, R.N., B.S.N
  • Hannah Kelley, R.N., B.S.N., C.P.S.T.
  • Steven Lupo, E.M.T.
  • Belle Mannix, R.R.T.
  • Dwayne May, R.N., B.S.N.
  • Julie Melville, R.R.T.
  • Ed O'Connell, E.M.T.
  • Mark Odeychuk, R.N., B.S.N., C.P.N
  • Anastasia ParsonageUeda, E.M.T.
  • Steve Schneider, R.R.T.
  • Janine Taylor, R.R.T.

How to Use Our Transport Service

Referral Process

Call our Transfer Center 1-800-499-9298

We are available 24/7. You will have a brief conference call with a critical care physician, a nurse, and a respiratory therapist. After the call, the transport team will mobilize immediately.

Information We Need

  • Patient name, DOB, allergies and weight
  • History of current illness
  • Primary and secondary assessment
  • Initial and current vital signs
  • Lab and imaging results
  • Medications and therapies
  • Any invasive lines or procedures

Our Modes of Transportation

  • Ambulance - in partnership with AMR
  • Helicopter/Fixed Wing Aircraft - in partnership with Mercy Flight Western

Preparing for Departure

  • Upon arrival, the team will obtain updates from both nursing and physician staff.
  • Please have copies of pertinent progress notes, vital signs, lab values, and medication.
  • Imaging can be provided on CD or sent via LifeIMAGE.

We are happy to provide information, outreach education, or support for community programs.

Pediatric Ambulances

Ambulance dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony

New state-of-the-art ambulances will allow faster transfer of newborns and children from other facilities with high-tech equipment geared for the smallest patients.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the major support of our community that has been ongoing since day one,” Brophy said. “A huge, heartfelt thank you to Maureen and Mark Davitt for their incredible generosity and contribution.”

Mark and Maureen Davitt
Maureen and Mark Davitt at the NICU and PICU ambulance dedication event.

Read more: Transporting Our Tiniest Patients: Golisano Unveils Two Pediatric Ambulances

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