Life Link Move 01 Jul 13

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

to Willmar.