Life Flight Network plans air medical base in Montana

Life Flight Network is opening a new helicopter base in Bozeman, Montana by September 1, 2017, the company said.

Located at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the base will make ICU-level care provided by flight nurses, paramedics or respiratory therapists accessible to people anywhere in southern Montana and northern Wyoming.

Life Flight Network currently serves Montana from bases in Butte and Missoula, as well as Idaho. Each helicopter has the ability to respond to locations more than 150 miles from its base, so patients across the state have access to high-quality, fast critical care transport.

The addition of a helicopter in Bozeman will further enhance the services available in southern Montana. Communities like Bozeman, Big Sky, Ennis, Ruby Valley, West Yellowstone, Livingston, Big Timber, and White Sulfur Springs will now have access to quality, ICU-level care provided by an air medical service that is in-network for most Montanans covered by commercial insurance.

A 119Kx ´Koala´ helicopter will be stationed at the airport. The 119Kx is an aircraft very capable of safely handling the high altitudes of Montana and the long distances between hospitals. The aircraft also has the ability to transport two patients at once.

Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). Life Flight Network has administrative offices in Aurora, Oregon and is owned by a consortium of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Providence Health System. Life Flight Network operates under its own FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate.