Life Link III

A nonprofit organization

Rapid Response. Exceptional Care.

Our Mission

For more than 38 years, our mission to provide safe and effective air medical transport to critically ill or injured patients throughout the region is demonstrated through clinical excellence, a superior aviation program, and reliable response. We are the nation's largest nonprofit consortium, representing 10 major health systems and over 80 health care facilities across Minnesota and Wisconsin, providing critical care and specialized air medical transportation for their systems, serving as an extension of our partners to ensure a strong continuum of care for patients and communities. Our ability to answer the call is realized through 11 bases strategically positioned throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota that feature exceptional crews and support staff who are the best in their field, along with our fleet of aircraft, which help ensure rapid and effective response whenever and wherever it is needed. 

Patient Focused

From the initial call to our Communication Center, to our Operations Control Center review for safety, to the moment we arrive on scene and begin initial treatment, we are there for the patient every step of the way. In partnership with our comprehensive aviation program, we continually pursue clinical excellence in the prehospital setting. Our approach focuses on providing innovative solutions to deliver the highest level of care to those in need, with features that include: 

  • Point of care lab testing, point of care ultrasound, IV fluid/blood warmers, whole blood, plasma, LUCAS chest compression devices, Hamilton T-1 Ventilators, and Zoll X-series monitors on each aircraft.
  • Night Vision Goggles (RW), Helicopter Terrain Avoidance Warning Systems, GPS, satellite weather and continuous operational center control tracking to help create the highest margin of safety on every flight.
  • Specialty transports, such as ECMO or balloon pumps, as well as exclusive air medical transportation services for the region's five leading Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). 
  • An advanced Communication Center & Operations Control Center, available 24/7, to coordinate the most effective and safe service. 
  • Mobile app for first responders and hospitals to request aircraft in one step, improving launch times through communication efficiency.
  • Collaborations with leading research institutions and universities to drive innovation and improvement.

Your Impact

A gift to Life Link III supports our ability to execute nearly 3,500 air medical transports annually throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Your generosity helps us stand ready to answer the call with dependable resources and effective solutions that focus on doing what is best for the patient.

  • $50 can cover the cost of a safety vest for a pilot, paramedic, or nurse at a trauma scene.
  • $100 supplies one unit of plasma, a life-saving blood product used in a multitude of clinical scenarios, that can be administered in flight.
  • $500 provides a respirator mask that our crews can use to protect them from contagious airborne diseases.
  • $2,000 allows us to draw real time labs in flight that help with clinical decision making aimed at what is best for each patient.

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Read our patient stories.

Thank you for your support of critical care in our community!

Organization Data


Organization name

Life Link III

Tax id (EIN)



4188 Lexington Ave. N.
Shoreview, MN 55126


(612) 638-4900