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Teddy Bear Transport

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Teddy Bear Transport

Cook Children's is supported by one of the largest pediatric transport programs in the nation. More than 3,500 children are transported to Cook Children's Medical Center annually from Texas and its surrounding states, most for critical care.

Our program began in 1982 with a single ambulance and two team members. We have grown to our current model, which includes a Cessna Citation Encore+ jet*, King Air B200 critical care transport airplane*, an American Eurocopter 145 helicopter* and five ambulances. Each are equipped to transport critical care patients and feature pediatric-oriented technology.

Our communication center is staffed twenty four hours a day by certified communication specialists who will assist you in the initial phase of your call, ensuring that you are connected to the most appropriate person.  

Our team of highly specialized nurses, respiratory therapists and paramedics begin giving care to your patient immediately upon our arrival to your location. Once they arrive at Cook Children's Medical Center, patients will be treated by our board certified physicians and nationally recognized nursing staff. Cook Children's Medical Center has achieved Magnet designation, which places our nurses in the top 7 percent in the nation.

Specialized neonatal and pediatric critical care teams

Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport staff of 62 neonatal/pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and communication specialists is proud to have more than 400 combined years of transport experience. This team is dedicated to getting the most medically fragile children and neonates to our award-winning medical center quickly and safely.

Teddy Bear Transport Team

Our level IIIC NICU is staffed with a team of neonatologists and specialists who combine expertise with the latest technology to provide the highest level of neonatal care available.

Cook Children's designated level II Trauma Center is staffed and equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Interfacility transport, performed by a pediatric critical care specialized transport team, compared with transport by a nonspecialized team, was associated with improved survival rates and fewer unplanned events during transport, regardless of the severity of illness.

Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport team is proud to have:

Our newest fleet member is a true gift for life

Teddy Bear Transport Encore+ jetOur latest addition to the team – a Cessna Citation Encore+ jet – can fly super fast, so we can get to those patients who are in need of very critical care, quickly. Thanks to an extremely generous donor, Cook Children's is now home to one of the most advanced transport fleets available. Our new jet is equipped with leading-edge technology and safety features including:

First baby on Cook Children's Teddy JetWings of hope. Meet Rachel, the first patient to be transported to Cook Children's on our super high-speed mobile ICU jet. Our Teddy Bear Transport team is able to begin treatment from the moment they arrive to pick up the patient, until the child is delivered to the medical center where nationally recognized specialists are ready and waiting. Watch the news story now.

* Aircraft operated by Metro Aviation, Shreveport, Louisiana.

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