Congressman Rick Nolan to see first-hand the importance of quick rural healthcare access by touring a

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


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