Pedi-Flite Transport Program

PediFlite helicopter photo

A pioneer in pediatric medical transport, we have provided specialized transport for critically ill and injured children for more than 20 years. Le Bonheur’s Pedi-Flite team is a dedicated specialized pediatric transport team. We are currently the only dedicated pediatric transport team in the state of Tennessee. Our team is made up of pediatric and neonatal critical care nurses, pediatric and neonatal respiratory therapists, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians as well as intensive care physicians when needed. All Pedi Flite team members are trained in advanced life support techniques, and hold additional credentials beyond those of their critical care peers. Faculty and fellows in the emergency department serve as Medical Control Physicians.

The Pedi Flite Team is available to transport 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our service area comprises a 150 mile radius around the hospital. Our specialized team brings many of the therapeutic capabilities of the Intensive Care Unit directly to our patients by air or by ground. We take the time needed to stabilize each child with a sophisticated level of customized pediatric/neonatal care that continues during transport. Our team is able to do this with the use of specialized equipment including a transport isolette which allows for thermoregulation and they are equipped with the ability to provide both conventional and high frequency ventilation as well as the ability to administer nitric oxide if necessary. We utilize the pilots and helicopters of the Memphis Medical Center Air Ambulance Service – Hospital Wing as well as our two very own specially equipped ground ambulances. In addition Pedi Flite is also able to transport patient from all over the country needing the services of Le Bonheur using fixed-wing aircraft. In 2011 Le Bonheur’s Pedi Flite team transported over 2,000 ill or injured children.

As a fellow in our program, you will get transport experience in your second year of training. A month of this year is dedicated to each fellow to become a dedicated and active member of the team. This allows the fellows in training to understand the capabilities of our team and its members, introduces them to the world of transport medicine, allows them to work with referring physicians and prepares them to serve in the capacity of Medical Control Physician for the remainder of their fellowship years. Jay Pershad, MD serves as Medical Director for the Pedi-Flite Transport and Transfer Center.

PEM Journal Club

Pediatric Emergency
Medicine Fellowship Program

Mindy Longjohn, MD
Program Director

Leeanna Irwin
Program Coordinator
901-287-5265
lfoxirwi@uthsc.edu