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…)