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Life Link III Helicopter Based At Grand Itasca Three Days Per Week

8/4/2015

Grand Rapids, MN – In an effort to better serve Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital patients needing a higher level of care than provided in Grand Rapids, the Hibbing-based Life Link III helicopter will be now be stationed at Grand Itasca three days a week. Since April of 2015, the Life Link III (LLIII) helicopter has been based in Grand Rapids every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. With LLIII based on-site various times throughout the week, Grand Itasca patients in critical condition are able to be sent out to other health care facilities for advanced care much quicker.

 

Grand Rapids, MN – In an effort to better serve Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital patients needing a higher level of care than provided in Grand Rapids, the Hibbing-based Life Link III helicopter will be now be stationed at Grand Itasca three days a week. Since April of 2015, the Life Link III (LLIII) helicopter has been based in Grand Rapids every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. With LLIII based on-site various times throughout the week, Grand Itasca patients in critical condition are able to be sent out to other health care facilities for advanced care much quicker.

Kathy Helmbrecht, RN, Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit says that having LLIII on-site “provides timely transportation fight service to our patients when they need to be flown out to a higher level of care. We save critical time not needing to call Life Link and waiting for them to arrive.” Kathy also explains that the skilled Life Link staff are able to assist the Grand Itasca Emergency Department staff in stabilizing patients before flight.

In addition to providing expertise in the critical moments before patients enter the helicopter, day basing at hospitals like Grand Itasca allows LLIII staff the ability to form relationships with staff and get to know the health care facilities’ capabilities. According to Kolby Kolbet, Life Link III’s Chief Operating Officer, “due to the emergent nature of critical care transport, our clinicians rarely have the opportunity to interact with staff and learn more about the capabilities of these great hospitals. Day basing allows our staff to build rapport and learn to work as a team so that we can be the most effective when it counts, which leads to positive patient outcomes.”

LLIII offers service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport. LLIII is dedicated to the highest level of patient care. By strategically locating aircraft throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the time to reach patients is significantly decreased. This is especially important in trauma, STEMI and stroke patients, with many positive outcomes that can be directly related to a shorter time before the patient reaches definitive care.

With LLIII based at Grand Itasca several times per week, the Emergency Department will be able to continue running smoothly and efficiently when critical patients are admitted. And, most importantly, patients will have quicker access to critical care when high-level specialty care is essential.

Pictured with the Life Link III helicopter at Grand Itasca are Mani Ignatius, Pilot, Heather Prahl, Flight
Nurse, and Larry Starks, Flight Medic.

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