Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the company called Life Link III?
Life Link III originally provided three modes of patient transport, and the name references our commitment to linking communities and resources together for the care of patients by those three modes of transportation (helicopter, airplane and ground). The additional meaning of the name is a reference to the three original consortium members that started the company.
What does Life Link III do?
Life Link III provides air medical transportation for patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin and throughout the United States via helicopter and airplane ambulance. Life Link III provides on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transportation, caring for the most critically ill or injured patients. We complete over 2500 patient transports a year.
How many bases do you have?
Life Link III has five helicopter bases, located in Alexandria, Blaine, Hibbing and Willmar, Minnesota and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Airplanes are based in Blaine, Minnesota.
What is the Life Link III Consortium?
Life Link III is owned by a consortium of nine healthcare organizations, including: Allina Health, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Essentia Health - St. Mary's Medical Center, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, Regions Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital of Eau Claire, WI, St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health System and St. Luke's.
The Consortium is a responsible way to manage healthcare dollars. As Consortium members, each organization can cost-effectively own an air medical transport service, rather than incurring the large expense of operating their own helicopter. The members put any daily competition aside to produce one unified product and they operate with complete neutrality when it comes to Life Link III. Each member's expertise contributes to Life Link III's broad experience, and Life Link III remains neutral in transport destination decisions.
Do you only transport patients to consortium member hospitals?
No, Life Link III transports patients to and from any hospital in the area, including into hospitals that are not Consortium members.