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