Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has been transporting infants since opening their doors in 1969. Back then, the city of Marshfield's ambulance service traveled to other hospitals to pick up sick babies and bring them back to Marshfield.
Since 1993, Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital has had it's own transport service--Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation--which offers both helicopter and ground ambulance services. Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital now uses Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation as its primary transport service.
Ministry Spirit Medical Transportation transports sick babies from more than 20 counties in central and northern Wisconsin, as well as the upper peninsula of Michigan. Babies delivered at hospitals in Stevens Point, Wausau, Rhinelander and Rice Lake, to Mauston, Wild Rose, Eau Claire, and Iron Mountain, Mich. have benefited from their years of experience.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit's Transport Nursing Team has more than 118 combined years of neonatal transport experience (and more than 200 combined years of Level III NICU nursing experience). All of these transport nurses are certified in neonatal intubation, umbilical line placement and needle aspiration of the chest (life saving procedures used to stabilize babies for and during transport).
The NICU transport team consists of a specially trained registered nurse, respiratory therapist, flight crew registered nurse and/or paramedic, and pilot. One or more of the members are certified in NRP, PALS, and ACLS.
The transport team is one of a select few in Wisconsin that will transport an infant using Nitric Oxide and Selective Total Body Cooling.