Life Link III Clinicians Win the CAE Cup in Global Simulation Competition

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


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