Neonatal Transport

St. Luke's is the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as determined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in the Cedar Rapids' area. Other hospitals transfer newborns to St. Luke's when they need specialized care.

Caring for eastern Iowa's newborn babies

Cedar Rapids' tiniest baby ever born - at just 13 ounces - is one of the great success stories here at St. Luke's. Your family benefits from St. Luke's neonatologist expertise.

  • More than 11,107 NICU babies
  • Almost 40 years of NICU experience- we take care of babies each and every day.

When critical care is needed, nothing replaces speed of care, expertise and experience.

Our Level III Regional status means babies are transferred to St. Luke's from other area hospitals - sometimes with our neonatal transport team, which uses a high-frequency portable ventilator aboard Lifeguard air ambulance.

  • St. Luke's Neonatal Transport Team consists of registered nurses and respiratory therapists who are specially trained in the management and transport of critically ill or premature newborns.
  • Our high-frequency ventilation uses very rapid rates of breathing, very often at four to five hundred times a minute, to allow infants to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide when other more conventional forms of ventilation are inadequate. The ventilator vastly improves the outcomes of critically ill infants.
  • First in the Midwest to provide both air and ground transport using the high-frequency ventilator, St. Luke's transport teams is one of only a few transport teams in the entire country who provide this service.

"I would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the NICU staff for taking such excellent care of our Granddaughter, Rainee Kae. We are so very happy the Waverly Health Center chose your hospital for Rainee to be transferred to. I would also like to thank the Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, and Helicopter Pilot for their extreme Professional (and Personal) care to all of us! You were all TOP OF THE LINE in every area of care! If it were not for you, we would not have our beautiful granddaughter alive and doing well today. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU," said Sandee Clark.