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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.

Always Ready


Our emergency helicopter flies within a 200-mile radius of Chicago, connecting community hospitals with the many tertiary care facilities and medical resources of this region. The Airbus EC145 can accommodate three or four medical crew members in addition to a patient. The medium-sized twin-engine helicopter has a number of safety features and has a standard cruise speed is 153 miles per hour. When helicopter transport is not indicated, the UCAN crew can also undertake appropriate transports back the University of Chicago Medicine by ground ambulance. Each year, we transport more than 750 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 helicopter can respond within minutes. Though many flights come from a 911 emergency telephone call, doctors, ER staff, and other medical and public safety workers can call our hotline directly to request a flight. Those without medical training, however, should call 911, as UCAN is not always the best solution to an emergency situation.

UCAN is operated in partnership with:

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Call Us

To arrange a transport via UCAN, physicians please call:
(773) 702-3222