Transferring Patients to UChicago Medicine

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.

To request to transfer an inpatient to UChicago Medicine, call the Transfer Center at 1-855-834-4782.

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

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

How to Transfer a Patient

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 UChicago Medicine physician.

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

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 UChicago 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.

Call Us

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