University of Chicago Aeromedical Network
University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN), the air medical service of the University of Chicago Medicine, provides helicopter transport of critically ill or injured neonatal, pediatric, and adult patients from the scene of an emergency or during interhospital transfer to the University of Chicago medical campus or between other hospitals. UCAN is staffed by a dedicated team of specially trained flight nurses, flight physicians, EMS pilots, and communication specialists--ready to respond to your transport needs 24 hours a day.
Our emergency helicopters fly within a 200-mile radius of Chicago, connecting community hospitals with the many tertiary care facilities and medical resources of this region. For greater distances, UCAN arranges medically staffed and equipped air transport by airplane. The twin-engine Dauphin 2 helicopter flies at speeds up to 180 miles per hour and is capable of transporting two patients and a medical crew of three. Each year, we transport more than 1,000 cases.
Whenever, Wherever Needed
Often asked to land at the scene of a crisis, whether that be on a highway, a football field, or a public park, the UCAN helicopters can respond within minutes. Though many flights come from a 911 emergency telephone call, doctors, ER staff, clinics, and other medical workers can call our hotline directly to dispatch a flight. Those without medical training, however, should call 911, as UCAN is not always the best solution to an emergency situation.