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Our highly skilled team brings the IU Health standard of care to patients in need, from neonatal to adult.

Indiana University Health LifeLine is Indiana's oldest and most comprehensive transport program with the highest quality of transport provided with the lowest out-of-pocket cost for your patient.

IU Health LifeLine will not burden your patient with unnecessary medical debt. As a not-for-profit hospital-based program, IU Health LifeLine does not surprise or balance bill its patients.

About LifeLine

Safety First

The first priority of IU Health LifeLine is safety—we are proud of our 41-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)

Our Teams

IU Health LifeLine crew members have advanced certifications and are highly trained to treat the most complex patients. Our teams include:

  • Critical Care
    • Adult/Pediatric Critical Care
    • Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

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.

Learn how IU Health LifeLine defines Transport Levels of Care. Download our Levels of Care Guide (PDF).

Are you interested in a career with us? View LifeLine job openings.

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 six critical care 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.

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

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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 IU Health Methodist Hospital.

IU Health LifeLine is proud to celebrate 41 years of serving Indiana with quality medical transport. The program has grown from one helicopter atop IU Health Methodist Hospital, to five helicopters, six critical care bases, seven ALS/BLS bases, six mobile intensive care units, 20 ambulances and an expansive operations, communications and education facility.

With more than 430 crew members, IU Health LifeLine transports 24,000 patients a year, traveling more than one million miles by ground and 250,000 by air. To date, IU Health LifeLine has transported more than 140,000 Hoosiers.

Timeline

  • 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

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 IU Health Methodist Hospital.

IU Health LifeLine is proud to celebrate 41 years of serving Indiana with quality medical transport. The program has grown from one helicopter atop IU Health Methodist Hospital, to five helicopters, six critical care bases, seven ALS/BLS bases, six mobile intensive care units, 20 ambulances and an expansive operations, communications and education facility.

With more than 430 crew members, IU Health LifeLine transports 24,000 patients a year, traveling more than one million miles by ground and 250,000 by air. To date, IU Health LifeLine has transported more than 140,000 Hoosiers.

Timeline

  • 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

Riley Children's Foundation

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 8 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.

IU Health Foundation

IU 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.

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

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Riley Children's Foundation

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 8 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.

IU Health Foundation

IU 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.

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

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.

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