Update on Miami Children's Hospital's Hurricane Katrina Efforts

Published on: 09/04/2005
August 31, 2005

9:50 PM – Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) LifeFlight helicopter left Opa Locka Airport with medicines, antiseptic, tetanus vials, donated scrubs, pampers, personal items with 2 pilots, 1 mechanic, 2 nurses and 1 medic on board. Helicopter fueled in Ocala, Tallahassee, Mobile, AL and landed at Houma Airport, LA, 40 miles SW of New Orleans.

September 1, 2005

Early AM – Shortly after arriving at Houma Airport, MCH LifeFlight departed for Children’s Hospital New Orleans (CHNO). LifeFlight airlifted two post-premature critically ill infants to Baton Rouge, LA.

10:15 AM – MCH Lear jet departed Opa Locka Airport for New Orleans Airport Supplies on board, include diapers, baby formula, toothbrushes, antiseptic, scrubs, fresh fruit, juices, insect repellent/treatment, medical supplies, personal items and water.

12:30 PM – Lear jet update arrives at New Orleans Airport

6:30 PM - Last communication with LifeFlight staff. The staff conducted a total of 8 patient transports that day: 2 from CHNO (1 trip) and 6 patients (3 trips) from Meadowcrest Hospital in New Orleans to Bell Chase Naval Base.
About Nicklaus Children's Hospital (2022)

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 800 attending physicians, including more than 500 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. In the 2022-2023 U.S. News ranking, the hospital tied with two other hospitals as the number one children’s hospital in Florida. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.

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