Life Link III air ambulance has officially moved its regional
helicopter base from Hutchinson to the Willmar Municipal Airport.
The move became effective yesterday (Sunday).
The move places the helicopter base closer to a greater
population of patients served by Life Link III.
Health officials called it “a great move” for the region.
Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Memorial Hospital tells the
West Central Tribune that “Having the Life Link III base in Willmar
means improved response times, and faster transport for patients
requiring critical or trauma care.”
Edward Eroe, president and chief executive of Life Link, says the
new base will help save critical minutes when responding to calls
throughout western Minnesota. He says “Moving the helicopter to
Willmar will allow us to provide lifesaving care and transportation to
patients in many locations faster than ever before.”
The helicopter also serves central Minnesota, including its old
base at Hutchinson.
The Bell 407 helicopter transports patients from any hospital in
the area. It also airlifts patients directly from the scene of a
traffic crash or other accident at the request of emergency medical
services or fire or law enforcement personnel.
The helicopter and crews will be based full time in Willmar. All
staff that previously worked in Hutchinson saw their jobs transitioned