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IU Health LifeLine

Unrivaled Capabilities and Technology

Indiana University Health LifeLine provides advanced transport medicine for the most critically ill and injured patients. Our highly skilled team brings the IU Health standard of care to patients in need, from neonatal to adult.

  • IU Health LifeLine carries blood products on critical care transports, air and ground
  • Affiliated with two Level I trauma centers, including Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health—the only Level I pediatric trauma center in the state
  • Unique partnership with IU School of Medicine provides access to the latest in medical technology, research, and simulation training

IU Health LifeLine operates a fleet of well-equipped medical helicopters and Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICUs) that give our team the ability to care for critically ill patients in situations when others cannot.

Safety First

The first priority of IU Health LifeLine is safety—we are proud of our 38-year accident free history. We uphold strict standards for our air and ground fleets that meet and exceed state and federal regulations.

  • Rigorous schedule of maintenance and inspection
  • Twin engine aircraft with dual systems provides superior safety during flight
  • Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) technology allows for safe operation in low visibility weather
  • Live and satellite radar
  • Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS)

Room to Work

Our fleet of EC145 twin engine aircraft provides more patient care space and larger weight limits than any other medical helicopter in the region. The size of our cabin allows full patient access on a standard ambulance stretcher, as well as the ability to add additional crew members for complex patients.

Our Team

IU Health LifeLine crew members have advanced certifications and are highly trained to treat the most complex patients. Our team can be customized based on the specific needs of the patient. Examples of additional crew include high risk obstetric nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, and even advanced specialists from IU Health Methodist Hospital.

To request, IU Health LifeLine call 317.962.8350 or 800.382.9922

Rapid Response that Covers a lot of Ground

IU Health LifeLine serves customers throughout the state of Indiana, as well as Western Ohio and Eastern Illinois. We will transport to any appropriate hospital, including those outside the Indiana University Health system.

With five base locations throughout Indiana, IU Health LifeLine is able to provide critical care transport at a moments notice. View our service area map for the estimated response times.


Response Time Map

Advanced Transport Medicine at Your Finger Tips

Fast and easy access to critical care transport from your mobile device. IU Health LifeLine has teamed up with Metro Aviation, Inc. to improve response times and location accuracy.

First responders can download the free MetroAlert app for iPhone® or Android™ devices. Once you’ve registered, you will be able to instantly send your GPS coordinates to the LifeLine Communications Center and place the flight crew on standby while we contact your dispatch center to verify aircraft availability and ETA. 

MetroAlert App Capabilities:

  • Instantly send GPS coordinates to IU Health LifeLine
  • Receive ETA and real-time updates
  • Access education references and courses
  • Available for iPhone® or Android™

Download and register on your devices, now.

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Alaris™, BiPAP®, i-STAT®, Hamilton®, Isolette®, Vscan™, Zoll®, Airbus, iPhone® and Android™ are trademarks owned by their respective owners who are not affiliated with Indiana University Health LifeLine and do not endorse our services.

IU Health LifeLine helicopters are operated by Metro Aviation, Inc.