Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn Transport Team
When a common cold turned into a life-threatening infection, it left a 15-month-old boy in desperate need of a heart transplant — and fast. The toddler was being kept alive by the assistance of a heart-lung bypass machine, but required transport from his local hospital to one that specialized in pediatric heart transplants. That is when the team of medical experts from Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn was called in for help. The only hospital in the Chicagoland area capable of these highly orchestrated transfers, Advocate Children’s Hospital’s provided safe passage for the young boy—who had a successful transplant and is now healthy and happy.
Established in 1996, the Transport Team at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn is made up of specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians. The team uses a uniquely designed ambulance equipped with everything needed to care for infants and children during transport from one hospital to the next. On the ground or in the air, the Transport Team acts as a “mobile intensive care unit” for patients ranging from the very smallest neonates to adult patients with pediatric diseases. In 2012, the Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn Transport Team completed more than 1,700 transports from referring facilities throughout the Chicagoland area.
Funds raised through the 2013 Golf Classic will be used to enhance the capabilities of our specialized Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Team. Philanthropy will help the hospital purchase a machine that will allow the team to perform specialized blood testing in the ambulance, lightweight and sturdy portable infusion pumps, several new ventilators and various securing devices to keep our little ones safe during transports. Your support will help Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn’s Transport Team provide the safest passage for pediatric patients.