About Life Link III

Our History

Life Link III was formed 30 years ago as one of the first non-profit consortiums in the country to transport critically ill patients by helicopter. The company has always focused on clinical excellence and is an early adopter in bringing new technology to critical care. In 1974, the company (then known as Bio Medical Research Associates, or BMRA), was a pioneer in the industry by providing intra-aortic balloon pump support, Swan-Ganz and other hemodynamic monitoring services to hospitals. In 1985, BMRA was purchased by Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Allina Health), St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center (HealthPartners®) and the University of Minnesota (Fairview Health Services), and became Life Link III.

Three decades of experience has transformed this unique collaboration into a membership of nine leading healthcare organizations that includes: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital of Eau Claire, WI.

This year, Life Link III is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the many life-saving advances that have been made in achieving better outcomes for patients when time is critical. We are committed to our partnerships with emergency medical services and public safety, referring hospitals, our Consortium members and other receiving facilities – and, above all, to the care of our patients.

Today, Life Link III operates six helicopter bases located throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Helicopter and airplane services are available 24/7, providing on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport. Life Link III’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Services), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met on every transport.