New Mexico Newborn Transport Program

The New Mexico Newborn Transport Program is dedicated to providing state of the art mobile intensive newborn medical care. Utilizing sound principles of transport medicine in the fixed wing and ground ambulance milieu, the program shall provide the highest quality comprehensive family centered care for neonates throughout the state of New Mexico. Our sincere commitment is to operate a safe, professional, and expeditious specialty transport service characterized by outstanding clinical expertise augmented by a sound knowledge base and implementation of state and national medical transport regulations. Through active fostering of professional development, maintenance of high standards for personnel, infrastructure to support timely and efficient community service, state of the art equipment, and unfailing attention to safety our team will be recognized for excellence.

As a public reflection of the UNM Health Sciences Center, the New Mexico Newborn Transport Program is bound by and strives to model the mission of UNM Children’s Hospital and the UNM Division of Neonatology.

The New Mexico Newborn Transport Program provides:

  • Team coverage, available 24/7 for transport of sick infants from birth to 44 weeks of age 
  • The transport team includes a Neonatal Nurse Practioner or Physician Assistant, a credentialed support person (EMT-P, RN, RT), specifically trained to support the care and management of the sick newborn
  • Neonatal Fellows may also be included in the transport team
  • Specialty equipment include: the transport isolette, shoulder and lap harness for the newborn, ventilation, nitric oxide, other respiratory support, the ability to monitor blood gases, blood glucose levels, cardiorespiratory monitoring, medication/fluid pumps, and phototherapy
  • The Outreach Program, through quality assurance, offers transport review


The transport program was developed in 1975 to serve newborns and families transported from referral hospitals all over the state of New Mexico. Since 1978 the newborn transport team has operated in conjunction with 7BAR Aviation the certificate holder of FAA part 135. This is noted to be one of the longest medical transport relationships in the industry. The pilots of 7BAR are vastly experienced, with an impeccable safety record. In 2005 we became the first exclusive critical care neonatal team to be commissioned by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.Team members are certified annually in flight safety/evacuation and air medical resource management by appointed safety officers.


The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of:

University of New Mexico Newborn Transport Team

On March 10th and 11th, 2016

The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program's compliance with nationally established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded to the program.

CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 5 business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such request should be addressed to:

Office of the Executive Director Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems PO Box 130 Sandy Springs, SC 29677

The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be removed until the site visit is completed.

Date Posted: 2/3/16