The University of Chicago Medicine Transfer Center

At the University of Chicago Medicine Transfer Center, specially trained registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to coordinate acute inter-facility transfers. We serve as a single point of contact for urgent and emergent transfer requests, thereby helping to expedite the admissions process.

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How Do I Request a Patient Transfer?

To request to transfer a patient to the University of Chicago, call the Transfer Center at 1-855-834-4782.

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What Information Will I Need to Provide?

When requesting a patient transfer, the referring physician will need to supply the following information:

  • Patient demographics, including full name and date of birth
  • Diagnosis
  • Medical service(s) required
  • Patient’s current clinical condition
  • Contact information for the current attending physician
  • The current location of the patient

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The Transfer Process

The nurse specialist who takes your call will initiate the acceptance process, which includes bed selection and the arrangement of transportation for critical transports. » Learn more about the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN).

During the process, a nurse specialist also will arrange for the referring physician to speak directly to a University of Chicago Medicine physician.

Please note: Requests for transfer will be evaluated based on the patient’s clinical condition and the availability of resources.

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Follow-Up Services

We aim to keep you informed of your patient’s status throughout the transfer process. Our nurse specialists will provide:

  • Updates on bed availability
  • Contact information for the accepting physician
  • The patient's nursing unit
  • The patient's arrival time


Nurses at the University of Chicago Medicine Transfer Center are available at any time, should questions arise during the transfer process.

UChicago CareLink: Eligible physicians may use CareLink to review their patients' medical information, place referral orders and communicate with UChicago Medicine providers.

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Call Us

To request to transfer a patient to the University of Chicago, call 1-855-834-4782.