Life Link III has four medical directors from Consortium member hospitals that serve the organization through active participation and counsel on clinical care.
R.J. Frascone, MD, MEDICAL DIRECTOR, HEALTHPARTNERS; REGIONS HOSPITAL EMS
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
In addition to serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Life Link III, Dr. R.J. Frascone is the Medical Director of Regions Hospital EMS which includes the City of St. Paul, Life Link III (rotor and fixed wing transport) and 26 other agencies. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota and has worked in the Emergency Department of Regions Hospital for 38 years. He has been a leader in regional, state and national EMS and is a past Chair for the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board for the state of Minnesota. His research interests include airway management, CPR, intra-osseous access and shock.
John L. Hick, MD, HENNEPIN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
VICE CHAIR, CLINICAL COUNCIL & ASSISTANT MEDICAL DIRECTOR
John L. Hick is a faculty emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He serves as the Associate Medical Director for Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at HCMC. He served the Minnesota Department of Health as the Medical Director for the Office of Emergency Preparedness and from 2002-2014 and currently works part-time for US Health and Human Services as an Advisor to the Director of the Office of Emergency Management. He is an expert on hospital preparedness and crisis medical care issues and has published over fifty peer-reviewed papers dealing with hospital preparedness for contaminated casualties, disaster standards of care, and surge capacity. John also has a strong interest in rotor-wing and fixed wing medical care and worked in 1998 for the Royal Flying Doctors Service in rural Queensland, Australia performing fixed-wing retrievals across a large area of outback Australia from the Mt. Isa base. He returned to Australia for six months in 2012 to work as a retrieval physician for the New South Wales helicopter service performing rescue and inter-facility responses.
Christopher Delp, MD, ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL DULUTH
ASSOCIATE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
After his undergraduate degree in microbiology at South Dakota State University, Dr. Delp received a Master’s of Science degree in Molecular Biology and subsequent Doctor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan, and became a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is currently an attending emergency physician at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth Minnesota. In addition, he is the Medical director for the Primary Stroke Center at St. Luke’s and the EMS director for the Floodwood Ambulance system. His has received several awards, including the Lifetime Dedication to Medicine Award from the Lake Superior Medical society in 2014, the EMS Rathke Emergency Medical Service Leadership Award in 2011, and the Top Physician in Emergency Medicine from Duluth-Superior Magazine in years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Gary Foley, MD, ESSENTIA HEALTH EAST REGION; ST. MARY’S MEDICAL CENTER DULUTH
ASSISTANT MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Gary Foley received his undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University and went to medical school at the University of MN. He completed his transitional residency year at University of North Dakota MeritCare in Fargo, followed by an EM residency at Michigan State University/KCMS in Kalamazoo, MI. He has been practicing in the emergency departments in Duluth since 1997 with tenure at both St. Luke’s and St. Mary's hospitals. Dr. Foley has held previous positions as the chief of the emergency department and chief of staff at St. Mary's hospital and the medical director for St. Mary's LifeFlight. He currently works as emergency department medical staff at St. Mary's and Life Link III, and additionally partakes in teaching at the University of Minnesota-Duluth medical school.