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Neonatal Transport Team


Neonatal Transport Team

Children's Hospital of Georgia is home to the area's highest level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our neonatal transport team will quickly and safely transport the sickest babies to us, where they can get the quality care they need.


  • Neonatal Transport Team

Our Approach

Newborns are our most delicate patients; they are even more fragile if they are born prematurely or with complex, life-threatening health problems. When these children need to get to Children's Hospital of Georgia, they must be moved with the utmost of care. Our neonatal transport team is able to bring the smallest, sickest babies from anywhere in the region, safely to CHOG. We are a designated tertiary hospital in East Central Georgia able to treat neonatal patients who require intensive, immediate care.

Caring for infants during transit requires special training. Our registered neonatal nurses and licensed respiratory therapists know how to monitor sick infants and provide continuous, life-saving care - all while en route to CHOG via ambulance, helicopter, or plane.

Why bring these infants to Children's Hospital of Georgia?

Doctors send their patients to CHOG because we provide services not offered anywhere else in the area. We have: 

Care begins as soon as the transport team picks up a patient. During the trip to CHOG, we are in continuous consultation with board-certified neonatologists. Our team is trained and ready to:

  • Monitor EKG, blood pressure, respiration, oxygen saturation, and other invasive monitoring, as needed.
  • Administer intramuscular, intraocular, endotracheal and intravenous medications and therapies.
  • Offer management of artificial airways and ventilators and inhaled nitric oxide.
  • Provide wound and skin management.

When critically ill infants need specialized care, we'll come to your hospital to pick up a patient and bring them to CHOG. 

Call us if you have a newborn with:

  • Congenital heart defects or cardiovascular anomalies
  • Disorders requiring ECMO or other specialty services
  • Prematurity
  • Respiratory distress or failure
  • Seizures
  • Sepsis
  • Severe or persistent apnea

To arrange transport to CHOG's NICU


Questions about our neonatal transport services?

Linda Wise
Neonatal Transport Coordinator 

Emergency call center: 706-446-2464

24/7 access to our emergency care neonatal specialists.

Expedited Referrals: 706-446-2464

Physicians from any hospital across Georgia and the surrounding states will be routed to CHOG’s neonatal ICU physician to expedite transport.

Have an older child in need of transport to CHOG's PICU?

Contact us about our Pediatric Transport Team


Pinkal Patel, MD

Neonatal Medical Transport Director


Linda Wise, RN, MSN, RNC-NIC, C-NPT, HCE

Neonatal Transport Coordinator



Neonatal Transport Nursing Team

  • Ashley Ballis, RN, BSN, NIC-RNC
  • Carmen Burdette, RN, ADN, RNC-NIC,
  • Sara Elizabeth Curry, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC, C-NPT
  • Mary Beth Dowdy, RN, ADN
  • Abbie D. Gurley, RN, BSN
  • Tonya C. Hebert, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC
  • Patricia K. O'Neill, RN, BSN, NIC-RNC
  • Patricia J. Parker RN, RNC-NIC, C-NPT
  • Evonne Rodgers, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC
  • Katherine Thomason, RN, BSN 

Respiratory Therapy Team

  • Clifton Dennis, BHA, RRT, AE-C
  • Stephen Dishmond, BSRT, RRT, NPS
  • Stephanie Patterson, RRT, NPS
  • Jason Kiser, BSRT, RRT
  • Kelli Mock, BSRT, RRT, AE-C
  • Dabney Eidson, BSRT, RRT, NPS
  • Amy Cato, BSRT, RRT, CES-A
  • Joey Pasto, BSRT, RRT
  • Stacey Young, BSRT, RRT, NPS
  • Stephanie Robinson, BSRT, RRT, NPS, CES-A
  • Andrew Melear, BSRT, RRT

Pediatric Respiratory Therapy


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