Miami Children's Hospital Offers Children's Hospital of New Orleans a Helping Hand

Published on: 09/01/2005

MIAMI, FL — In light of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, the Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) LifeFlight™ staff and helicopter are preparing to leave tonight to assist Children's Hospital of New Orleans in the evacuation of 100 pediatric patients and their families. The patients will be transported to regional facilities for immediate care. Miami Children's has offered to transport children back to Miami Children's to provide the medical services they need. The MCH helicopter is also delivering medications, hydration fluids, electrolytes, emergency supplies, baby formula and scrubs for the hospital staff. 

Preparing for the morning's Lear Jet departure
WHERE: Opa-Locka Airport, Building #47, 14201 N.W. 42 Avenue, Opa-Locka 
WHEN: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 Scheduled departure time: 9:00 p.m. 
SPOKESPERSON: Maria Fernandez, MSN, ARNP, Director of LifeFlight™ 

The Miami Children’s Hospital aircraft is the most sophisticated air ambulance available. The Sikorsky S76 C+ helicopter is capable of flying up to 300 miles without stopping to refuel and features the latest, most up-to-date flight instrumentation. As a mobile critical care unit, the medical configuration of the aircraft includes built-in oxygen and air, lighting controls, intravenous fluid holders and flight-team-to-hospital communications. LifeFlight™ carries the most advanced life-support equipment, compactly arranged to ensure the maximum utilization of space. 

Lifeflight's Lear Jet Taking Off

Founded in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital for children in South Florida. Miami Children's Hospital offers medical care and services for children from birth to age 21. The 268-bed medical facility has expertise in all aspects of pediatric medicine. 

About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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