Neonatal Delivery Transport Team

I’m Jerry Ballhagen, EMT.  I am the Ground Transport Base Manager for the Neonatal Delivery Transport Team at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.   

To work on the Neonatal Delivery Transport team, our nurses need to be dedicated to serving the community and be open to mentoring and orienting new team members.

Jerry Ballhagen, EMT
Ground Transport Base Manager
Neonatal Delivery Transport Team 
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Unit Highlights:


Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds           Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Pediatric and Neonate Critical Care Transport Pediatric
  • 4 Ambulances
    (3 with isolettes)
  • 1 fixed-wing that can transport 2 patients
  • NNP certification
  • Neonate RN certification
  • RT certification
  • EMT certification


About Us:

Our unit specializes in stabilizing and transporting critically ill infants to the hospital from around Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.  We focus on maintaining a good attitude and being an ambassador for VUMC when we’re out on a call, because we may be the only face from Vanderbilt they see.

A typical shift for our nurses includes responding to calls involving sick babies, checking equipment, starting IV’s, and working in an ambulance with a team consisting of a doctor and an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).  On occasion there will also be a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and sometimes a Respiratory Therapist if a baby needs support.

We are proud that we can care for the smallest and the sickest babies, stabilizing them and bringing them back to the hospital, and doing a fantastic job.  We are frequently saving 23-week gestation babies that would not have survived 35 years ago.  

The Neonatal Emergency Transport Team is currently licensed in both Tennessee and Kentucky and is CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems) accredited.  CAMTS sets the national safety and patient care standards for all modes of transport and our Neonatal Emergency Transport Team is the first of its kind in the state to receive such a high honor. 

  Visit our Neonatal Transport web page




Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to this unit, please visit Work at Vanderbilt: Achieve the Remarkable for current open positions.

Try using these keywords as searches to locate a position in the Neonatal Delivery Transport Team:   
EMT, ambulance, neonatal, transport



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