About Lifeline: Program History
In early 1992, Mr. James Scheulen, Administrator of the Department of Emergency Medicine, first initiated the idea of a patient transportation system based at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. His vision was to provide for a safe, efficient and rapid transportation system for critically ill and injured patients being referred to the Hospital System. The Johns Hopkins Advanced Life Support Transport Team transported its first patient in July of 1992. In the teams first year of service, a single ambulance was utilized for an average of 3.5 calls per day.
Initially operating through a contractual relationship with Metropolitan Ambulance, the program began its assent into the world of critical care transport. 16 years after the programs initial transport, we now can provide transport by virtually any mode available under the umbrella of the Center for Transport Medicine. We have the capability to move patients all across the world, in an effort to bring them to the services offered at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. We are able to begin the care at the patients’ location, and continue that level of service throughout transport until delivery is made at the Johns Hopkins Hospital or one of its affiliates.
Lifeline also is now providing in-house patient transports for all ICU’s at the main campus. Our teams are responsible to move patients from an ICU for a procedure or test within the hospital that require continued ICU monitoring. This additional service provides a continuity of care for the patient while being moved within the institution.
The primary mission of Johns Hopkins Lifeline is to provide ground/air transport to critically ill and injured patients to the The Johns Hopkins Hospital and its affiliates. Our secondary mission is to transport patients and their families requiring less intensive monitoring and assistance. The addition of Yellow Transportation gives Lifeline access to a large fleet of cabs, sedans, Para transit vehicles and limousines.
Lifeline is based at the main campus of Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a division of the Center for Transport Medicine. Dr. Ricky Kue is the program Medical Director. An EMS fellow is also assigned responsibilities within the program. The close proximity to the Emergency Department affords team members and exceptional opportunity for experience and keeps advanced skills up-to-date.