MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Life Link III is pleased to announce that Marshfield Clinic Health System will be joining as a member of the Life Link III consortium and plans to establish a new base of operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin with initial coverage beginning in early 2018 with full operations ramping up in the following months. Marshfield Clinic Health System marks the tenth member of the Life Link III consortium, a unique model which focuses on collaboration across competing health care providers to advance access to critical care.

The Marshfield base will be a 24-hour operation, establishing Life Link III’s eighth base throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. This base of operations will be located in Marshfield, Wisconsin at the Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus. Using a hangar, offices, and fuel system already in place, Life Link III will bring the highest quality air medical transport service to this region and surrounding communities.

“Life Link III will allow us to strengthen our ability to transport and care for patients at a critical time for their health care needs,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System. “Partnering with this team of committed, trusted professionals gives our patients and families reassurance that their needs will be met as timely and efficiently as possible.”

Edward Eroe, President and CEO of Life Link III stated, “With the support of our Board of Directors, Life Link III is proud to welcome Marshfield Clinic Health System as our tenth Life Link III consortium member. Through our shared commitment of providing the highest level of patient care, we look forward to our partnership and serving the residents and surrounding areas of central and northern Wisconsin through our new base at Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus.”

By using its ‘One Call’ system, Life Link III will continue to work collaboratively with other air medical transport services to dispatch the most appropriate helicopter, whether it is Life Link III’s or another service. Stated Eroe, “This translates to doing what’s best for the patient on every transport.”

As the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium program in the United States with ten member-owners, Life Link III has a nearly 33-year history of demonstrating its dedication to improving patient care and transport safety. In October 2017, Life Link III was named Air Medical Transport Program of the Year, an international honor that recognizes an air medical program that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess, and quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer service, safety consciousness, community service and commitment to the medical transport community as a whole.

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates seven helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The company plans to open its eighth helicopter base in Marshfield, Wisconsin in 2018. The company’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. 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. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium made up of the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, Marshfield Clinic Health System, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. www.lifelinkiii.com

About Marshfield Clinic Health System

Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) oversees Marshfield Clinic and other subsidiaries, including Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., MCIS, Inc., Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation, Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls and Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. Marshfield Clinic, with more than 50 locations in Wisconsin, serves patients through accessible, high quality health care, research and education; with more than 700 physician specialists in 86 specialties and subspecialties and more than 6,500 employees. MCHS is overseen by a Board of Directors with 13 independent members and 11 physicians who comprise the Marshfield Clinic Board. Learn more at www.marshfieldclinic.org

Contacts

Life Link III
Katie Burkhart, 612-638-4903
Director of Marketing & Communications
kaburkhart@lifelinkiii.com
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Marshfield Clinic Health System
John Gardner, 715-221-8659
Director of Communications
gardner.john@marshfieldclinic.org

Life Link III Named 2017 Recipient of the Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

Minneapolis, MN (October 25, 2017) – Life Link III has been named the 2017 recipient of the Vision Zero Aviation Safety award by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). This award, sponsored by Airbus, recognizes an air medical program that has demonstrated a commitment to aviation safety, spotlights specific safety initiatives and encourages the sharing of ideas so others in the industry may benefit from them.

This Vision Zero Aviation Safety award was presented to Life Link III in recognition of their hospital helipad safety training video. Life Link III continually reviews safety processes and procedures and recently identified a need for a standardized hospital helipad safety training. In 2017, Life Link III completed production of a hospital helipad safety training video, intended to educate hospital staff who assist with patient transports or maintain the helipad area. This safety training video features transport best practices that demonstrate how flight crews and hospital staff can partner to provide the safest experience possible.

The video features guidance on properly maintaining a hospital helipad, pre-arrival preparations, final approach and landing precautions, and proper patient unloading and loading techniques for both surface and rooftop helipads. In order to promote safety throughout the industry, Life Link III has made this video available to other air medical transport programs. Flight programs are welcome to use the video to create a safer environment for patients, hospital staff, and flight crews.

“We are honored that Life Link III’s hospital helipad safety training video was selected as this year’s recipient of the Vision Zero Aviation Safety award. At Life Link III, we promote a strong safety culture and are proud to encourage education and innovation throughout the industry,” said Joe Hennessy, Safety Manager at Life Link III.

Winners are awarded $10,000 to directly support the safety efforts of a program that promotes a higher level of safety in air medical aviation. All air transport programs and operators that are members of the Association of Air Medical Service (AAMS) are eligible to apply for the Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award.

The hospital helipad safety training video is available for download at www.lifelinkiii.com.

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates seven helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Life Link III’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. The company’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Services), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium and is the air medical transport program for the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital.

Minneapolis, MN (October 9, 2017) – Life Link III has been named Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). This award, sponsored by Airbus, recognizes an air medical program that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess, and quality leadership through visionary and innovative approaches, customer service, safety consciousness, community service and commitment to the medical transport community as a whole.

“Life Link III is the epitome of world class critical care transport medicine. Since 1985, Life Link III has set the industry benchmark for achieving incredibly high standards related to safety, quality, clinical care and innovative leadership. Congratulations to the Life Link III team for achieving the prestigious 2017 AAMS Program of the Year award,” said Dave Evans, AAMS Chairman of the Board.

“On behalf of our employees and board of directors, I am honored and humbled to accept the 2017 AAMS Program of the Year award. Everyone at Life Link III strives to always do what is best for our patients, and this award is a reflection of our continued commitment to providing the highest level of patient care,” stated Edward Eroe, President & CEO of Life Link III.

Life Link III provides air medical transportation for patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota and throughout the United States via helicopter and airplane. The company provides on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transportation, caring for the most critically ill or injured patients. Life Link III is one of the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium programs in the United States. Today, nine healthcare systems comprise the Life Link III Consortium, which guides the company’s clinical and business practices.

As a leader in clinical excellence, Life Link III has implemented innovative bedside technology in the air medical setting. Flight clinicians are able to leverage data-driven information to provide seamless, optimal care from a scene incident or inter-facility transport with a broad variety of medications and technology that are quickly accessible and deployed on-board the aircraft. Life Link III is a CAMTS accredited program (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems) and serves as the exclusive air medical transport service for four neonatal ICU (NICU) teams.

Life Link III is proud to report strong employee engagement scores that rank four times the national average. Everyone at Life Link III – from those in the Communication Center who dispatch the aircraft, to the clinicians administering patient care, to the administrative staff and leadership who support the operations – play a key role in the growth and continued success of this award-winning air medical program.

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates seven helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Life Link III’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. The company’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Services), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium and is the air medical transport program for 48 hospitals for the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. www.lifelinkiii.com

Minneapolis, MN (September 11, 2017) – Life Link III announced today that R.J. Frascone, MD, FACEP, has been named Medical Director of the Year by Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA). This national honor recognizes a medical director who has demonstrated exceptional personal involvement in a flight program and is considered to be an invaluable part of the air medical flight program’s success. The award will be presented to Dr. Frascone in front of his peers, at the 25th Annual AMPA General Membership meeting being held in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 15, 2017.

“Since 1987, Dr. Frascone has been leading the way on bringing innovative bedside technology on-board our aircraft and driving exceptional patient care delivery,” stated Kolby Kolbet, vice president of clinical services for Life Link III. “Being named Medical Director of the Year by AMPA recognizes the many contributions Dr. Frascone has made, not just for our organization, but in serving as a national thought leader in advancing critical care across the air medical industry. We are very proud to have Dr. Frascone as a key part of the Life Link III team.”

The AMPA honor recognizes an individual whose contributions to medical direction, education, quality care, outreach, safety, and team morale are part of the essential fabric of the program through leadership. “In addition to guiding our clinical care, Dr. Frascone is committed to bringing the safety of our crew and patients to the forefront of all decision making. As Chief Medical Officer, a member of the Life Link III Board of Directors, and Chair of the Clinical Council, Dr. Frascone’s involvement and leadership has helped shape one of the most robust safety programs in the air medical transport community,” stated Edward Eroe, president and CEO of Life Link III.

Life Link III provides air medical transportation for patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and throughout the United States via helicopter and airplane. The company provides on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transportation, caring for the most critically ill or injured patients. Life Link III is one of the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium air medical transport programs in the United States. Today, nine healthcare systems with a total of 48 hospitals comprise the Life Link III Consortium, which guides the company’s clinical and business practices.

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 28 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.

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates seven helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Life Link III’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. The company’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Services), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium and is the air medical transport program for 48 hospitals for the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. www.lifelinkiii.com

Minneapolis, MN (June 23, 2017) – Life Link III has been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.

“I’m extremely proud that Life Link III has been named a Top 150 Workplace. Our dedicated team strives to always do what is best for our patients, and our highly engaged staff makes Life Link III a truly exceptional place to work,” stated Edward Eroe, president and CEO of Life Link III.

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

Life Link III provides air medical transportation for patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and throughout the United States via helicopter and airplane. The company provides on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transportation, caring for the most critically ill or injured patients. Life Link III is one of the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium programs in the United States. Today, nine healthcare organizations comprise the Life Link III Consortium, which guides the company’s clinical and business practices.

A complete list of those selected is available at StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2017. To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates seven helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Life Link III’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. The company’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Services), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium and is the air medical transport program for 48 hospitals for the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. www.lifelinkiii.com

Life Link III was thrilled to be honored as the Associate Member of the Year by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). Several of our Consortium member-owners also received awards at the 33rd annual awards ceremony held on June 2, 2017 in Minneapolis. The MHA media release below provides the summary of each award recipient. Life Link III is honored to have been recognized along with so many partner organizations. Congratulations to all!

 

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June 6, 2017

Contact: Emily R. Lowther, 651-603-3495  elowther@mnhospitals.org

 

Minnesota hospital programs, leaders honored

Minnesota Hospital Association’s annual awards recognize patient safety, volunteerism, innovations in patient care, hospital excellence

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.

Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.

“Each day, all across the state, Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are working to strengthen the health of our communities,” said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. “Our exceptional care teams set the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities. Thanks to their expertise, diligence and commitment to excellence, Minnesota’s hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation.”

The awards and recipients are:

American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion: Carl Vaagenes, CEO, Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria

Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace: Regions Hospital, Saint Paul; River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic, Saint Peter

Bruce and Denise Rueben Courage: Lawrence Massa, president and CEO, Minnesota Hospital Association

Caregiver of the Year: Toni Strand, RN, Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center

Community Benefit: Regions Hospital, Saint Paul; Bigfork Valley Hospital

Good Catch for Patient Safety: Sonam Serpolamatsang, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park

Innovation of the Year in Patient Care: Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis; CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, Little Falls

Quality and Patient Safety Improvement: Children’s Minnesota, Minneapolis; Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center

Spirit of Advocacy: Paul Goering, M.D., Allina Health, Minneapolis

Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award: Rachelle Schultz, president and CEO, Winona Health

Trustee of the Year: Jim McDonough, Regions Hospital, Saint Paul

Volunteer of the Year Award: Marcie Lindgren, Bigfork Valley Hospital

Associate Member of the Year: Life Link III, Minneapolis

Please visit our website for descriptions of the 2017 award winners:  www.mnhospitals.org/about/mha-awards

The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 142 hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2017
Contact: Liz Rammer, VP of Marketing, Life Link III
(612) 638-4925
marketing@lifelinkiii.com

 

Minneapolis, MN (May 1, 2017) – Life Link III’s seventh base of air medical transport services has opened at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport and is operating 24/7 to provide critically needed additional air medical transport to residents in this rapidly growing region. Life Link III’s medically-configured helicopters and airplanes serve as flying intensive care units (ICUs) providing critical care prehospital services from accident scenes and from local hospitals to those that can provide specific expertise or a higher level of care.

“This is the realization of a vision held not only by Life Link III, but also by the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission and community to enhance patient care in the Brainerd Lakes Region,” said Kolby Kolbet, vice president of clinical services of Life Link III. “Our focus is on providing the very best air medical service possible to the people of this vital, growing central part of Minnesota.”

As one of the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium programs in the United States, Life Link III brings three decades of patient-focused air medical expertise to the region. Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center, has been a member of the Life Link III consortium since 2010, and joins eight other hospital systems throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota in benefitting from Life Link III’s life-saving care. “Our unique ‘One Call’ system ensures the most appropriate aircraft is dispatched for each patient in need, whether it is Life Link III’s or another service. This underscores our commitment to providing patient-centered care,” stated Life Link III’s president and CEO, Edward Eroe.

While Life Link III is a new permanent member of the Brainerd Lakes region, it has a long, safe and trusted history of air medical transport in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Its strong safety record is enhanced by state of the art Garmin aviation instrument technology and night vision goggles (NVG), one of the biggest safety improvements in helicopter EMS to enhance night operations, especially when flying into accident scenes. “Life Link III’s industry-leading on-board medical capabilities set us apart from other air medical transport services,” said Kolbet. “Access to on-board diagnostic equipment in the form of point of care laboratory testing and point of care ultrasound assists our critical care certified nurses and paramedics in optimizing patient care across the age spectrum. Life Link III is able to provide the best care – and the best chances for positive patient outcomes.”

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates seven helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The company’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. 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. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium and is the air medical transport program for 45 hospitals for the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. www.lifelinkiii.com

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March 13, 2017

Contact: Liz Rammer, VP of Marketing, Life Link III

(612) 638-4925

marketing@lifelinkiii.com

 

Minneapolis, MN (March 13, 2017) – Life Link III will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on May 18, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center..  Life Link III is one of 266 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

“We thank Life Link III for its commitment to safety,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “These efforts protect workers, strengthen the organization and benefit the community as a whole.”

“At Life Link III, we are committed to achieving the highest level of safety standards in our industry,” stated Edward Eroe, president & CEO of Life Link III. “We are proud to be honored with the Governor’s Safety Award and will continue to set the standard for providing safe and effective air medical transport.”

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program.

“Life Link III is pleased to be recognized with a Meritorious Achievement Award,” stated Joe Hennessy, safety manager at Life Link III. “This recognition is attributed to our employees’ deep commitment to safety as well the strong support from our leadership team on maintaining a robust and quality safety program.”

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 83rd Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries (“accidents”).

 

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates six helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The company plans to open a seventh base of operations in Brainerd, Minnesota, in mid-2017. Life Link III’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. The company’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Services), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium and is the air medical transport program for 45 hospitals for the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. www.lifelinkiii.com

 

 

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Act fast to win an American Birkebeiner ski race registration while helping support the ski race emergency medical services teams at the same time!  As a proud Gold Level sponsor and provider of air medical support for the Birkie, Life Link III is making available twelve of its race entries at a reduced rate of $140. This is an extra special opportunity since registration has now closed for the 2017 race and these proceeds will help support local EMS efforts. Here’s how it works:

  • Leave a comment on our Facebook and/or LinkedIn post or send an email to Marketing@lifelinkiii.com about why you want to ski in the Birkie, Kortelopet or Prince Haakon race.
  • Twelve winners will be chosen randomly by Life Link III and notified by Friday, December 30, 2016.

You will be notified by Life Link III if your name is chosen. Upon receipt of your $140 donation, you will be provided with a code to register online via the Birkie website. Your $140 (via personal check or credit card) will be donated to emergency medical service (EMS) efforts. Registrations must be received by the Birkie no later than January 31, 2017. You may use your registration code for the 2017 Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, or Prince Haakon race. Please note that wave placement will be based on what is currently available.


Entry Criteria:
 (1) Only individuals who do not currently have an entry can enter (2) You may not enter to win an entry for someone else, i.e. the name of the person that wins on must match the name of the person that registers (3) Only parents can enter and purchase for an individual 18 years of age and under, must be 18 to ski the Birkie and 13 for Korte and Prince Haakon.

About the Birkie: The Slumberland American Birkebeiner® spans 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin, for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers. This is North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon, attracting over 10,000 skiers. It is part of the Worldloppet circuit of 20 international ski marathons and part of the American Ski Marathon series of 13 races. The Birkie (50K Skate/55K Classic) is Saturday, February 25, 2017 with the Kortelopet (29K) and Prince Haakon (15K) being held Friday, February 24, 2017 in Hayward, WI. http://www.birkie.com/

 

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October 14, 2016

Contact: Liz Rammer, VP of Marketing, Life Link III

(612) 638-4900

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Life Link III Launches New 24/7 Regional Fixed Wing Service

 

Minneapolis, MN (10/14) – Life Link III is pleased to announce that FAA approval  has been received to launch its new regional fixed wing critical care transport service out of the company’s Blaine, Minnesota base. Life Link III’s new dedicated Pilatus PC-12 NG is designed to provide another option for regional patient transports. This is the newest addition to Life Link III’s portfolio of transport offerings, complementing the company’s jet and rotor wing aircraft.

According to Kolby Kolbet, the vice president of clinical services, “state-of-the-art medical equipment has been installed in the Pilatus to ensure our clinical teams can provide exceptional care for all types of patients including neonates and those who require circulatory support requiring ECMO and intra-aortic balloon pumps.” Features such as Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability also offer increased options for patient transport when adverse weather impacts other means of transport. The cabin is able to accommodate seating for up to 7 individuals (pilot, co-pilot, and up to five seats in the cabin) in addition to the patient stretcher, making it more accommodating for family members to accompany the patient. The aircraft has a 285 knot (328 mph) cruising speed and is capable of flying up to 1,845 nautical miles. Stated Kolbet, “One of the biggest advantages this new aircraft brings is the ability to land on short runways, making Life Link III’s critical care services more accessible to transport patients from hospitals located in greater Minnesota.”

The new dedicated fixed wing aircraft will be available 24/7 and dispatched via Life Link III’s Communication Center.

 

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates six helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The company’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. 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. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium and is the air medical transport program for 44 hospitals for the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. www.lifelinkiii.com