LIFESTAR Chicago is a critical care transport service owned and operated by the Air Methods Corporation. LIFESTAR Chicago is a twenty-four hour, seven day a week air medical service established to facilitate the rapid transport of critically ill or injured patients. It is available for both scene response and interfacility transport. The LIFESTAR Chicago BK-117-B2 can be configured to accommodate up to two patients, ventilator dependent patients, intra-aortic balloon pump device and an Isolette. LIFESTAR Chicago provides stablization and rapid transport of adult, pediatric and neonatal patients.
1988 Omni Flight had the original vendor contract, providing the aircraft, pilots and mechanics to Loyola University Medical Center. The program operated as a 'Traditional Based' program, flying patients primarily back to Loyola University Medical Center, a level one-trauma center, located in Maywood, twelve miles west of Chicago.
1994 Loyola University Medical Center builds a state-of-art facility for the LIFESTAR Chicago program, replacing the more modest EMS helicopter base. The new base includes spacious crew quarters and a large, protective hangar, capable of housing two BK-117s. The radiant heated helicopter pad is large enough to handle two aircraft. The pad is also equipped with an on site fuel system.
1996 Rocky Mountain Helicopters wins the bid for the vendor contract for Loyola University Medical Center and continues to operate as a 'Tradional Based' program.
2003 Air Methods Corporation of Peoria, Colorado, purchases Rocky Mountain Helicopters and takes over as the vendor for Loyola University Medical Center.
2007 Loyola University Medical Center sells the LIFESTAR program to Air Methods Corporation. The LIFESTAR Chicago program changes from a 'Traditional Based' program to a 'Community Based' program, flying patients from any hospital, to any hospital.
2007 A contract is signed to relocate the LIFESTAR Chicago program from its current location at Loyola University Medical Center to the Joliet, Illinois area. This move will centrally locate the helicopter in it's primary service area making it a more efficient resource for the surrounding communities and EMS services.
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