Nicklaus Children's Hospital Transfer Center

A centralized resource for transferring children to Nicklaus Children’s from referring healthcare facilities

Young girl patient with mother being seen by doctor
Young girl patient with mother being seen by doctor

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For the many children who are transferred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – from throughout the region or simply from across town – the care journey now begins with Nicklaus Children’s Transfer Center.

The Transfer Center is a patient-focused, single-point-of-contact resource to ensure the safe and timely transfer of children from:

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare systems
  • Emergency departments
  • Urgent care centers
  • Physician offices (direct admissions). Call the Transfer Center and choose option 3.

The center serves as an extension of the Nicklaus Children’s clinical team with the goal of providing optimal support and service to referring organizations and the children and families in their care.

About the Transfer Care Team

The Transfer Center team is comprised of nurses and care coordinators who are responsible for ensuring safe, efficient and well-coordinated transfers of pediatric patients from referring facilities. The center’s goal is to partner with transferring hospitals and organizations to create a seamless process to support continuity of care.

How to Reach the Transfer Team

The Transfer Center is staffed 24 hours a day by clinical team specialized in facilitating transfers.

  • 1-833-NICK4KIDS (833-642-5454)
  • Internally, call ext. 3399

Collaborating With LifeFlight and Other Transport Services

The Transfer Center team works in collaboration with expert transport services, including Nicklaus Children’s own LifeFlight® Critical Care Transport team, a regional leader in the transport of children and infants with critical care needs. LifeFlight features both air and ground ambulances and conducts about 4,000 transports annually. The service is staffed by nurses and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are equipped and trained to transport critically ill neonates and children of all ages, up to age 21.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is not a direct air carrier. Aircraft, both helicopter and fixed wing, are operated pursuant to contract with Nicklaus Children’s by companies that are FAA certified.

Why Transfer to Nicklaus Children’s

Nicklaus Children’s is the hospital where children matter most. The 307-bed pediatric specialty hospital offers more than just healthcare services. We offer patient-focused, personalized treatment. delivered by world-renowned clinicians to address the needs of children from throughout the region and across the globe.

The hospital’s 850-member medical staff features care providers in virtually every pediatric subspecialty, with a full spectrum of experts available to consult in complex cases. The hospital is home to three intensive care units (pediatric, neonatal and cardiac) and four medical institutes that are national and regional leaders in caring for children with complex care needs. The institutes include the Nicklaus Children’s Brain Institute, Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute, Heart Institute, and Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Spine Institute.