History of LifeGuard Air Ambulance

St. Luke's Emergency Department

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Pediatric Urgent Care - Cedar Rapids

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Urgent Care - Anamosa

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First patient transported in the LifeGuard UH-1 "Huey" helicopter. Pilot flies from airport and picks up two Area Ambulance Service Paramedics at Mercy Hospital.


St. Luke's Hospital hires two full-time pilots with the help of the St. Luke's Foundation. Pilots work either 48 or 72 hour shifts.

LifeGuard is based at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Two Area Ambulance Service Paramedics travel to St. Luke's by ambulance to go on flights.


First part-time pilot is hired.


Nurses are added to the flight crew with one Paramedic from Area Ambulance. Neonate transporter is added to the capabilities with a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Nurse and a Respiratory Therapist.


UH-1 "Huey" helicopter is replaced with the purchase of a Long Ranger 3. Flights now include Flight Nurse and an Area Ambulance Paramedic team full time. Pilots go to 12-hour shifts with the hiring of a third and fourth pilot.


St. Luke's Hospital hires Paramedics to staff LifeGuard with Flight Nurses.


St. Luke's replaces the Long Ranger 3 helicopter with a Bell 407 helicopter.


LifeGuard celebrates 25 years of being based at St. Luke's Hospital.


St. Luke’s entered into an agreement with Med-Trans Corp. to become the new aviation partner for LifeGuard Air Ambulance


LifeGuard starts carrying blood on board.