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.