Airlift Northwest and Seattle Children’s are collaborating to further enhance the care available to our region’s most fragile neonatal patients. Starting July 15, 2019, Seattle Children’s Pediatric Neonatal Critical Care Transport Service team members (RN and RT) will accompany Airlift Northwest staff and help provide clinical care on flights transporting neonatal patients between hospitals.

“By combining the expertise of the long-standing critical care flight program at Airlift Northwest with Seattle Children’s Neonatal Critical Care Team, we will be bringing the best of both programs to the patient bedside,” says Dr. Jessica Wall, assistant pediatric medical director of Airlift Northwest and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “That means better outcomes for our pediatric patients in Western Washington and beyond.”

Dr. Tony Woodward, pediatric medical director for Airlift Northwest and medical director of transport services at Seattle Children’s, agrees, noting, “Airlift Northwest and Seattle Children’s have partnered for many years to provide much-needed immediate and skilled pediatric and neonatal services to our region. Adding Seattle Children’s specialty neonatal and transport team members to these transports will enable us to provide optional tertiary care during the entire transport process.”

This is the latest development after decades of collaboration and integration between these healthcare organizations. Combining the highest training and expertise in pediatric/neonatal clinical care and air medical transport means the best and most rapid care for those in the greatest need.