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Admitting or transporting a patient to SSM Cardinal Glennon 


The following information is for physicians.  Parents and patients, please click here.


Arrange a neonatal or pediatric transport

To arrange a patient transfer to SSM Cardinal Glennon, please call our Access Center at the 1-888-229-2424.


The Access Center is for use by medical personnel only.

Our Access Center has a dedicated 24-hour phone number, answered by transport-trained nurses, for physicians. We provide:

Emergent transfers - quick and easy accessibility

Urgent appointments - physician access to subspecialists for urgent follow-ups

Physician consultations - the only 24-hour pediatric physician consultation line in the St. Louis metro area

Transport Information for Physicians

When placing a call, please have the following information available:

  • Patient name, age and weight
  • Patient diagnosis and current condition
  • Pertinent history (including perinatal history for neonates) and pertinent lab values and radiographic findings
  • Referring physician and hospital

After transportation arrangements have been made by the appropriate transport team, the referring hospital and physician will be notified of the mode of transport (ambulance, helicopter or airplane) as well as the estimated time of arrival.


Neonatal and Pediatric Transport Team

The Neonatal Transport Team stabilize and transport thousands of critically ill newborns and small infants. The team includes a registered nurse and respiratory therapist who have advanced training in the stabilization, treatment and transport of neonates. Neonatologist Laura Cerny, M.D., supervises the team and is available 24 hours a day for consultation.

The Pediatric Transport Team includes two registered nurses with advanced training in the stabilization, treatment and transport of critically ill children of all ages. A physician is available for consultation at all times. The team is supervised by Pediatric Transport Medical Director John Peter, MD.


Advanced Training

Advanced Training includes:

  • Two years of critical care pediatric nursing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Department
  • One week of classroom training
  • Eight to 10 weeks of mentor/preceptor training with a Cardinal Glennon transport nurse

Ongoing training includes:

  • One pediatric intubation per quarter
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Eight hours of continuing education in trauma nursing per year