Life Flight, St. Rita’s emergency air transportation service since 1998, offers critical care transport via medical helicopter. Patients needing these services may be trauma patients from area pre-hospital Fire and EMS agencies (i.e. scene flights) and major medical and/or trauma emergencies from area referring hospitals (i.e. inter-facility transports).
Once St. Rita’s Life Flight Dispatch Center receives a call, the closest helicopter is dispatched to the scene or requesting hospital facility within minutes. The goal of this services is to provide a quick response, expert level patient care, and rapid transport for patients with life threatening traumatic injuries and/or medical conditions. The time saved through Life Flight transport of these critical patients many times makes a difference in improving patient outcomes.
Our highly trained flight crews consist of a pilot, a nurse, and a paramedic, who staff Life Flight bases 24 hours a day, each and every day of the year. Life Flight nurses and paramedics comprise the “medical crew”. These medical crew members maintain multiple certifications in advanced life support skills, adult and pediatric medical and trauma care, and neonatal resuscitation guidelines. Life Flight pilots are experienced helicopter operators who have thousands of flight hours logged and constantly receive training to keep their skills at the highest possible level.
St. Rita’s Life Flight (known as “Life Flight 3”) is centrally located within our service area, based at the airport in Bluffton, Ohio. Life Flight 3 has a primary response area including the following counties: Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Putnam, Shelby, and Van Wert. In addition to transporting emergency patients, St. Rita’s Life Flight offers community outreach and educational programs, as well as offering training and continuing education programs to local Fire and EMS agencies to help meet state mandated educational requirements for emergency responders throughout all the communities served.