Northwest MedStar integrating into Life Flight Network

Northwest MedStar is integrating its critical care transport program into Life Flight Network, an Oregon-based, not-for-profit air medical program serving the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, the company said.

As a result of this expanded program, Life Flight Network will open new helicopter bases in Colville and Walla Walla, Wash. and add a fixed-wing aircraft to an existing base in Moses Lake, Wash. This collaboration is creating an expanded, hospital-owned and community-based company built on a foundation of safety, customer service and clinical excellence.

As part of the integration, Providence, the sole member of INHS, increases its ownership interest in Life Flight Network. Other members in Life Flight Network are Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University.

ICU-level transport services will continue without interruption. All Northwest MedStar critical care flight team members were offered positions within Life Flight Network and will continue delivering patient care. The highly skilled and experienced teams will be working together, as one organization, to more efficiently respond to people in need of life-saving critical care transport.

With expanded critical care ICU teams and resources, Life Flight Network will open two helicopter bases this summer in Walla Walla and Colville, and add a fixed-wing aircraft to an existing base in Moses Lake.

Northwest MedStar, a service of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), has bases in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Pullman and Brewster, Wash. and Missoula, Mont.

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical service in the nation, is owned by a consortium of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and Providence Health & Services.