Poudre Valley Hospital Critical Care Transport Services provides inter-facility ground transportation of acute patients in need of targeted care.

From bedside to bedside, every patient is accompanied by a registered nurse, paramedic and emergency medical technician specifically trained to provide ICU-standards of care during transport.

Contact us

Dispatch: 855.405.5454
2500 Rocky Mountain Ave.
Loveland, Colo. 80538

This 12-hour service is offered from
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Features and benefits of our program

  • PVH Critical Care Transport Services is the only program of its kind in northern Colorado.
  • An integrated program that closely aligns medical transport with Medical Center of the Rockies, a high-tertiary care facility offering excellence in cardiac care, trauma and neurosurgery.
  • A specially trained team of registered nurses, paramedics and EMTs are dedicated to providing CCT services.
  • Ground critical care transport (CCT) complements air CCT and is available when air CCT is not due to weather, maintenance, being in flight or other special circumstances.
  • Trained to perform intra-aortic balloon pump transports, if needed.

PVH Critical Care Transport Services’ home base is located in Loveland, Colorado at Medical Center of the Rockies. Known for its trauma and cardiac services, Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) is northern Colorado’s most advanced tertiary level hospital.

MCR is home to the Trauma Center, the region’s premier Level II trauma center featuring expert trauma surgeons and other physicians, nurses, case managers and technologists dedicated to trauma care. They stand ready 24/7 to provide quality care for the critically injured.

The facility also features two helicopter landing pads, one on the roof and one at ground level, to ensure rapid access for patients transported by air.

Specialties include:

  • Trauma/ acute care surgery
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Intensivists
  • 24/7 in-house radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
  • ENT and facial trauma
  • Trauma orthopedics
Service area

Our focus service area will be Ivinson, Colorado Plains Medical Center, Brush, Estes Park, Yuma, Haxtun, Holyoke, Wray and Cheyenne.

Frequently asked questions

What types of patients will be transported through this service?

Any patient who meets the critical care definition: unstable or potentially unstable; being transferred to an intensive care unit, operating room or cath lab for immediate interventions; requiring certain medications or blood products; needing the skill set of a critical care registered nurse and paramedic, such if they decompensated en route, the team would be trained to address this.

What are back-up plans outside of working hours?

The UCHealth Lifeline Team will be the primary backup service, but also our system has in place a means to have a critical care outreach RN (ICU RNs based at both MCR and PVH who have received additional CCT training) go along on the transport if needed.

How do we determine when CCT is needed by ground or air? How does dispatch work?

Ground CCT complements air CCT. It has been shown that there is no time-saving advantage to fly a patient from one hospital to another if the transport time is less than 30 minutes. Cost is also a factor with ground CCT being eight to 10 times less expensive than helicopter transport.

A well designed system also has some redundancy built into it and a solid backup plan to address situations when helicopters are unable to perform the transport due to weather, being unavailable due to maintenance or already on a flight or special circumstance, such as needing extra equipment, transporting a morbidly obese patient or carrying third-party riders, such as parents accompanying a child.