Expedited Patient Admission and Consultation
Urgent Patient Transfer
We follow an expedited admission protocol for patients with neurological and neurosurgical emergencies facilitating direct attending-to-attending contact and an efficient process to facilitate rapid patient admissions. Call the University of Chicago Medicine Transfer Center at 1-855-834-4782. A Transfer Center nurse will immediately connect you with one of our attending physicians to discuss the patient and help organize specific arrangements and directives for safe transport.
Urgent Physician-to-Physician Consultation
If you are a physician who would like an urgent consultation with an attending neurovascular specialist, call (773) 702-1000 and ask the operator to contact us directly at pager 6020.
Emergency Helicopter Transport
The University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN) is our emergency air medical service. UCAN offers a unique benefit for patients needing urgent transfer to the University of Chicago Medicine. Unlike the services other medical centers use, it's exclusively ours -- meaning our patients are always top priority.
UCAN is available 24 hours a day, providing safe transfer of critically ill patients to our medical campus from hospitals within a 200-mile radius of Chicago. We also can make arrangements for patients traveling from greater distances. The UCAN team includes flight nurses, flight physicians and other specially trained professionals.
If you are a medical professional, call (773) 702-3222 or 1-800-621-7827 to arrange air transport via UCAN. If you are not a medical professional, please call 911 for emergency assistance.