OSF HealthCare Suspends LifeFlight Air Ambulance Service in Rockford

ROCKFORD, IL (WTVO) — OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony will no longer fly emergency air ambulance helicopters out of the Rockford Hangar.

The hospital announced Friday that it would cease using the city’s LifeFlight hangar.

The hospital said it would “explore options” over the next few months to secure new hangars in rural settings “close to patients who need to be airlifted” to the hospital for treatment.

An OSF spokesperson said LifeFlight will continue to operate out of hangars in Peru and Galesburg.

Paula Karinsky, President of OSF Healthcare St. Anthony Medical Center, said: “Patient care will not be impacted by this decision. We will continue to provide emergency medical transport and care by ambulance or helicopter as needed throughout the communities we serve.”

In addition to pilots and mechanics, LifeFlight employs 10 flight nurses, all of whom are being offered another opportunity within OSF Healthcare, the spokesperson said.

OSF Life Flight is a 24-hour helicopter air medical transport system based in Peoria, Peru, Galesburg and Rockford that has been in operation since June 1984, according to the hospital. website. OSF HealthCare Suspends LifeFlight Air Ambulance Service in Rockford

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