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Indiana University Health - Lifeline Critical Care Transport
46204, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 51 S New Jersey St

Company Overview

As the most comprehensive transport program in the state, Indiana University Health LifeLine provides expert care for the most critically ill and injured patients.
Expert Care, Always on Call

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

IU Health LifeLine helicopters are operated by Metro Aviation, Inc