Ambulance Transport Policy
The District's transport policy allows patients who experience acute medical conditions or injuries to be transported to five area hospitals: St. Anthony's Medical Center, St. Clare Health Center, Des Peres Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Mercy Hospital St Louis. In cases of a special nature, whether related to trauma or medical conditions, the District may transport to a Level One Adult Trauma Center such as St. Louis University Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital or Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
Situations involving pediatric cases of a significant nature or trauma will be transported to a Level One Pediatric Center such as Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center or Children's Hospital - St. Louis.
Patients that have had a recent surgery or a significant medical condition, which has been treated at an outlying hospital such as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, St. Mary's Health Center or St. Louis University Hospital, may be transported to that facility as long as the patient remains medically stable for the extended transport time involved.
In the event of a high impact incident, disaster or inclement weather that creates hazardous conditions, patients will be transported to the closed accessible emergency facility.
Heart attack or stroke patients will be transported to the aforementioned hospital, of their choice, as long as they are medically stable to withstand the extended transport time involved.