New base will add air medical service for fast-growing region.

Minneapolis, MN (August 22, 2016) – Life Link III is pleased to announce the establishment of a new base of operations in Brainerd, Minnesota, to serve the increasing health care needs of this rapidly growing region. The new base will provide critically needed additional air medical service to the Brainerd Lakes region which is currently underserved in relation to call demands. Rapid access to therapeutic intervention and definitive care improves patients’ chances for a better outcome. Life Link III helicopters serve as flying intensive care units (ICUs) providing critical care prehospital services from accident scenes and from one hospital to another.

Edward Eroe, president and CEO of Life Link III stated, “Our nine consortium member-owners recognized the need to provide the very best air medical service possible to the people of this vital, growing and central part of Minnesota. With the support of our Board of Directors, Life Link III is pleased to be able to enhance air medical transport for residents and visitors in the Brainerd Lakes region. We are committed to always providing the best patient-centered care.”

While the company’s expansion plans are in the early stages of development, the Brainerd base is expected to operate 24/7 from the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport starting mid-2017. “We are looking forward to partnering with many organizations as we move to the area and it will be great to get actively engaged in Brainerd and the surrounding communities,” stated Eroe. The Brainerd base will be the seventh joining Life Link’s system in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Through 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 one of the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium programs in the United States, Life Link III has a 31-year history of demonstrating its dedication to improving patient care and transport safety.

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Non-profit’s newborn supplies delivered across Minnesota by air medical transport provider.

Saint Paul, MN (August 1, 2016) – Second Stork, a Minnesota non-profit, announced today that they have teamed up with Life Link III to have critical newborn care items delivered to hospitals in greater Minnesota. The non-profit currently networks with over 60 Minnesota hospitals to supply essential items for the care of a newborn for parents in need. Newborn items provided to hospital staff by Second Stork include portable playards with bassinet attachments, layettes of new clothing and receiving blankets, and bags of diapers, wet wipes and other related items.

“We have wonderful volunteers who travel the state helping Second Stork supply hospitals, but reaching all communities is still a challenge,” said Deborah O’Halloran, Second Stork’s co-founder and board chairperson. “We are very thankful to Life Link III for their generous support helping us serve our communities. With this partnership, we will be able to help many more hospitals and families with newborns who need immediate help.”

As an air medical transport company, Life Link III is in a unique position to help Second Stork extend its reach. “With several base operations located in greater Minnesota, we will be able to more easily help distribute the needed newborn care items Second Stork provides to hospitals since our staff members live and work in these areas,” said Liz Rammer, vice president of marketing for Life Link III. “Our clinicians and other staff members are frequently at these facilities so our partnership with Second Stork is a natural fit. We are delighted to be working together to help people in our communities.” Life Link III will begin distributing Second Stork’s critical newborn supplies through its Alexandria, Willmar and Hibbing, Minnesota base operations starting this week.

About Second Stork

Second Stork is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2009 with a mission to help new parents in need with immediate access to critical care items for their newborn. The non-profit is non-religious and non-political in its mission and operations, and relies on the expertise of medical and healthcare professionals for selection and distribution of critical care items. www.secondstork.org

Contact: Deborah O’Halloran, Board Chairperson Second Stork

Email: info@secondstork.org

Phone: 651.272.0356

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 is a non-profit consortium and is the air medical transport program for 44 hospitals for theses member-owners: 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 (April 25, 2016) – Life Link III is pleased to announce that it has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) for both its rotor wing and fixed wing services. The CAMTS accreditation status is one of the most prestigious industry designations that may be achieved and extends across the entire Life Link III program including its fixed wing base and six helicopter bases located in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Edward Eroe, president and CEO of Life Link III stated, “We are pleased to once again receive full accreditation from CAMTS as it underscores Life Link III’s commitment to achieving the highest level of patient care and aviation safety standards in our industry. For our program, this translates to doing what’s best for the patient on every transport. We are proud to be leading the way.” Life Link III last went through the accreditation process in 2013.

As one of the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium programs in the United States, Life Link III has a 31-year history of demonstrating its dedication to improving patient care and transport safety. The CAMTS Accreditation Standards address issues of patient care and safety and each standard is supported by measurable criteria to measure a program’s level of quality. “The rigor and thoroughness of the CAMTS patient care evaluation process is impressive,” stated Dr. R.J, Frascone, chief medical officer for Life Link III. “The dynamic changes in healthcare and air medical transport are well reflected in the accreditation process. I am pleased that Life Link III’s focus on innovation and continuous improvement of patient care delivery meet and exceed these high industry standards.”

Providers who apply for the CAMTS accreditation are held to a strict set of guidelines and safety standards that span all aspects of a program’s business including medical direction, crew education, communications, safety, documentation and quality improvement. “Life Link III is the air medical transport service for nine hospital system member-owners and has always focused on meeting higher standards in partnership with its forty-four consortium member hospitals,” said Dr. Steven Sterner, chief of provider services at Hennepin County Medical Center and chair of the Life Link III board of directors. “In this changing world of healthcare, it’s critical that our air medical transport service be in close collaboration with its hospital partners in working toward achieving the goals of the Triple Aim.”

 

About Life Link III

Life Link III is a great Midwest model of nine hospital systems working cooperatively to deliver the goals of the Triple Aim. The company’s helicopter and airplane services provide rapid on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. Founded in 1985, Life Link III is a not-for-profit company comprised of nine member-owners: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. Life Link III operates one fixed wing base and six helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.lifelinkiii.com.


Laurie & Keith

 

Minneapolis, MN (March 4, 2016) –Life Link III’s returning competitors, Laurie Smith, Certified Flight Paramedic, and Keith Velaski, Certified Flight Nurse, took home the 2016 CAE Cup at HPSN World 2016, February 16 – 18, 2016, in Tampa, Florida.

 

The Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) is the largest, global conference hosted by CAE Healthcare. The CAE Cup competition is comprised of real-time, intense simulation scenarios involving the latest technology in human patient simulation to challenge and test the skills of the best EMS professional, Paramedic, and First Responder teams from all over the world. These pre-hospital providers compete against their peers in live emergency simulation scenes to provide simulated patient treatment while following protocols.

 

The Life Link III team was dispatched to a scene of a man trapped beneath heavy debris. The team had to use their medical knowledge and abilities to treat, extricate, and transport the patient safely to the hospital. Smith and Velaski’s critical thinking, life-saving capabilities, advanced skills and excellent team communication landed them as the winners of the prestigious CAE Cup.

 

Simulation education and training is crucial part of Life Link III’s continuing education program. It is a unique opportunity to provide evidence based learning from subject matter experts while demonstrating the life-saving care Life Link III clinicians provide daily.

 

Smith and Velaski competed together in the previous CAE Cup competition, AMTC 2015 in Long Beach, California, and Life Link III’s Sim Wars, winning twice.

 

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 organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. For more information, visit www.lifelinkiii.com.

Minneapolis, MN (November 19, 2015) – Rapid access to therapeutic intervention and definitive care within the “Golden Hour” allows patients the opportunity to have a better outcome immediately following a heart attack, stroke or severe trauma. In Northern Minnesota, residents are spread across some 30,000 square miles making it crucial to reach patients and provide care as quickly and efficiently as possible. Life Link III helicopters serve as flying intensive care units (ICUs) providing critical care prehospital services and transportation to leading emergency hospital providers including St. Luke’s Hospital and Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center located in Duluth. Together, these providers team up to offer life-saving and life-changing therapeutic interventions to improve the outcomes for the residents of Northern Minnesota.

 

What:   Tour and overview of St. Luke’s Hospital new Surgical & Procedural Care area; overview of Life Link III air medical transport and tour of the helicopter on the St. Luke’s helipad; tour and overview of Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center Newborn ICU

 

Who:     Congressman Rick Nolan (U.S. Representative, 8th District), senior leaders and clinicians from Life Link III, St. Luke’s Hospital and Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center

 

When:  Monday, November 23, 2015 – Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Members of the Media are invited to participate in any or all program segments detailed below:

12 – 12:45 p.m. St. Luke’s Hospital – Overview & roundtable discussion with physicians (Call Stephanie Bartek when you arrive, 218-391-0037)

12:45 – 1:15 p.m. Life Link III Helicopter – Overview & tour of medical equipment and care capabilities on-board new Augusta119Kx Helicopter

1:30 PM – 2:00 p.m. Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center – Overview & tour of newborn ICU

 

Where: St. Luke’s Hospital – Main Lobby (Meet at Noon)

915 East First Street, Duluth, MN St. Luke’s Helipad (across the street at parking ramp)

Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital (Meet at 1:30 p.m. or just prior)

400 E 3rd Street, Duluth – fifth floor Newborn ICU lobby area

Members of the Media, park in the Red Ramp – Parking validations will be provided

 

Why:     Discuss the important benefits air medical transport provides for rural health by getting patients to leading emergency medical treatment centers for swift intervention and better outcomes.

 

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 organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. For more information, visit www.lifelinkiii.com.

Minneapolis, MN (October 20, 2015) – Life Link III would like to provide an update regarding the continued operation of its rotor wing aircraft based out of the Cloquet Carlton County Airport. Operations will continue indefinitely at this base seven days a week, maintaining a 12-hour day shift of 0900-2100 (9:00 a.m.-9:00.p.m.). The helicopter will continue to be housed in the hangar at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s hospital in Duluth overnight for safety purposes and depart from there for its daily operations. The additional Cloquet base has helped meet the healthcare demands of the area, bringing patients requiring critical care to St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s hospitals in Duluth, and to other regional hospitals as appropriate. Life Link III is committed to continuing to provide this resource to the citizens in Duluth/Superior, Northern Minnesota, and Northwest Wisconsin.

 

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 organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin County Medical Center, St. Luke’s, and Sacred Heart Hospital. For more information, visit www.lifelinkiii.com.

First Cloquet Crew.

First Cloquet Crew

Minneapolis, MN (June 18, 2015) – Life Link III announced today the launch of additional critical care air transport service in the Duluth area for the peak summer months in 2015. Life Link III will be running a 12-hour day shift primarily based out of the Cloquet area with helicopter service slated to commence June 21.

According to Edward Eroe, president and CEO, the additional helicopter coming to the northeast Minnesota region is a direct result of requests Life Link III has received from its Consortium members. “This new seasonal service offers a way to better serve patients in Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin during the peak summer months,” stated Eroe.

Life Link III operates five helicopter bases located throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The company’s Hibbing and Rice Lake, WI bases are the primary locations for patients being transported in and out of the Duluth and Northwest Wisconsin regions. Life Link III plans to assess the nine-to-nine 12-hour service on a month-to-month basis but has confirmed it will run through at least Labor Day.

Life Link III has control over the hangar on top of the Essentia Health-St. Mary’s hospital in Duluth and has been continually using it for fueling and supplies. With the new seasonal critical care transport service, the additional helicopter will be housed in the hangar overnight for safety purposes and will fly out each morning for its daily operations. Life Link III anticipates the opportunity for the helicopter to day base at its Consortium member facilities as part of the system rotation from Cloquet and other referral locations. This will offer another unique opportunity for best practice sharing among clinicians from Life Link III and its hospital partners.

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 LIFE LINK III CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Minneapolis, MN (March 16, 2015) – On March 15, 1985, three forward-looking hospitals joined together to create Life Link III, one of the first non-profit consortiums in the country to transport critically ill patients by helicopter. Three decades of experience has transformed the unique collaboration of a private hospital, a county hospital, and an academic hospital, into a membership of nine leading healthcare organizations that comprise the Life Link III consortium. 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.

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. Stemming from this experience, the company identified the need to design special mobile units to provide transportation for critically ill patients. 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.

“The patient comes first in everything we do,” stated Edward Eroe, president & CEO of Life Link III.  That purpose is translated into action through the improvements in aviation and clinical equipment. In 2014, Life Link III replaced the entire fleet of aircraft with AgustaWestland119Kx helicopters that have the very latest in avionics and safety equipment. Life Link III also adopted Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) to provide the safest operations during night flight operations. The company also has its own dedicated communications center that is staffed twenty-four hours, seven days a week, coordinating both helicopter and airplane transports.

Dr. R.J. Frascone, chief medical officer, who has been involved in numerous research studies and clinical trials states, “We continue to be highly committed to clinical research and in delivering the very latest and best care of patients in the air medical setting.” Today the company carries the latest in pre-hospital clinical technology on board each flight with ready access to all critical medical equipment including:

  • Hamilton T-1 transport ventilators
  • Storz C-MAC® Video Laryngoscopes
  • LUCAS®2 CPR Device available in the patient cabin of each aircraft
  • Zoll X-series Cardiac Monitors
  • Maquet CARDIOSAVE® Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Multiple-Channel IV infusion pumps
  • 2 units of O-negative packed red blood cells

The company also provides exclusive air service for four neonatal transport teams.

“Today we are pleased to reflect on our company’s 30-year history and wish to thank our members for their partnership in serving patients in our region and around the country,” stated Eroe. To commemorate the 30th anniversary, the company has designed a special logo and will host a number of celebration events throughout the year.

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates five 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. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium company. Members include: 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.

AW119KX-HELICOPTERS

Minneapolis – Life Link III has announced that it has taken delivery of the first of six EMS configured AW119Kx helicopters. The helicopter arrived in Minnesota this weekend.

The aircraft was built and delivered from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia assembly line and features a customized EMS interior and advanced life-saving equipment.

“As the most modern lifesaving EMS helicopter in operation today, the AW119Kx will allow Life Link III to complete their missions safely and reliably and improve the level of care delivered to patients in the communities in which they operate,” said Robert Brant, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America. “We’re pleased to deliver the first of six aircraft to Life Link III and look forward to our partnership in support of critical care transport.”

“We thank AgustaWestland and the team for meeting our high standards with the AW119Kx, and for supporting the lifesaving missions of Life Link III as we modernize our helicopter fleet with an improved medical cabin and expand our coverage area in the Midwest United States with the superior range and speed the A119Kx provides,” said Edward R. Eroe, Life Link III President and CEO.

Life Link III chose to change its entire helicopter fleet to the AW119Kx aircraft because of the aviation performance, safety features, clinical space capability and economics offered by the Agusta aircraft.

Unveiled in October 2012, the AW119Kx is the latest evolution of the proven AW119 single engine helicopter which features the Garmin G1000HTM integrated flight deck system while keeping the AW119’s outstanding performance, cabin space and payload. The new avionics system includes a synthetic vision system, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems for enhanced situational awareness and safety.

Life Link III operates five helicopter bases located throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.  Helicopter services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, 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. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium. Members include: Allina Health, CentraCare 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 and St. Luke’s.

Company hires proven industry veteran with 24 years of experience.

Life Link III today announced that Edward R. Eroe has been named President and CEO, effective immediately. Life Link III conducted a national search to fill the President and CEO position. “We are pleased to welcome Ed and look forward to tapping his vast air medical knowledge,” said John Doherty, Board Chairman. “As we continue to position Life Link III as an industry leader and transition our operating platform, his experiences and background will be a great asset to our organization.” (more…)