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Life Link III Announces Plans for New Air Medical Base in Rhinelander

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Rhinelander is getting a new air medical service.

Monday, Life Link III announced it plans to open a new air medical base in Rhinelander.

It will be the company’s 10th base between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Earlier this year, Ascension announced it will no longer base Spirit 2 medical helicopter at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.

In response, Marshfield Clinic said it would provide emergency air support in Minocqua for patients requiring care through its Life Link III helicopters that are used at other hospitals within the medical group.

The new base will be located at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

"Our new base in Rhinelander, Wisconsin will bring much-needed air medical resources to this region and surrounding communities,” said Lee McCammon, Vice President of Operations, in a news release. “Currently, the closest air medical resource for this area is almost 40 minutes away which can have a significant impact on injured or critically-ill patients needing to be transported to a higher level of care. Rhinelander is an ideal location for our new base as it allows us to serve both the needs of northern Wisconsin as well as support our Life Link III consortium members, which include Marshfield Clinic Health System and HSHS Sacred Heart/St. Joseph’s.”

The base will bring 16 news jobs to the region.

The company says it will announce an opening date early next year.