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About LifeLine

Expert Care, Always on Call

As the most comprehensive transport program in the state, Indiana University Health LifeLine provides expert care for the most critically ill and injured patients. IU Health LifeLine operates one of the most well-equipped air and ground fleets in the industry—with five base locations providing quick access throughout Indiana, Eastern Illinois and Western Ohio. Our leading edge clinical skill, modes of transportation and technology provide our team with the ability to care for the most complex patients at times when others cannot.

We strive to get the right patient, to the right place, at the right time, with the right transport team. We work to ensure that patients receive prompt, compassionate clinical care when they need it most—ensuring safety throughout the entire transport. 

Decades of Critical Care Transport Expertise

The origin of critical care transport at IU Health dates back to 1920 when doctors and nurses rode trains to and from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to treat critically ill patients. In July of 1979, IU Health LifeLine became the first air medical program in the state of Indiana, flying its first mission with a single helicopter out of Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. Since 1979, IU Health LifeLine has transported more than 40,000 patients, and has become the most comprehensive program in the state of Indiana and one of the largest hospital-based programs in the nation.

Through the years, IU Health LifeLine has evolved into a fleet of five helicopters and 14 ambulances. Five bases are strategically located throughout the state of Indiana to serve the state, as well as Eastern Illinois and Western Ohio.


  • 1979–First mission was a scene flight to Morgan County Indiana, July 18, 1979
  • 2002–Added second base
  • 2005–Merged with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health neonatal and pediatric transport to from IU Health LifeLine critical care transport team
  • 2005–Began operating four bases
  • 2010–Added fifth base
  • 2010/2011 – Upgraded air fleet to EC145
  • 2015–Opened a new state of the art Communications Center
  • 2015–Launched Advanced Life Support / Basic Life Support service

Donate to LifeLine through the Riley Children’s Foundation or Methodist Health Foundation

Leading the Way in Pediatric Care

Riley Children’s Foundation is the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924. Today, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation—nationally ranked in 10 pediatric specialties by U.S.News & World Report. Riley Children’s Foundation also supports Camp Riley and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. Learn how your donation can make a difference.

Methodist Health Foundation

Methodist Health Foundation is the steward of charitable support for IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health University Hospital and IU Health Simon Cancer Center, improving the health of our patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service. With a rich history of delivering critical care and highly specialized and effective treatments, IU Health supports critically ill and injured patients when they need it most.

Methodist Health Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to IU Health LifeLine to help provide life saving equipment. Learn more


Uncommon Challenges. Uncommonly Fulfilling

If you are looking for a different kind of experience—one that brings both daily challenges and rewarding accomplishments, drives you to do your best work every day and places you in an environment to work alongside the best healthcare team in the state—then a career at IU Health LifeLine may be for you. 

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