LifeGuard Air Ambulance

Going the Distance to Save Lives

LifeGuard Air Ambulance has been serving the Cedar Rapids community and Eastern Iowa with around-the-clock emergency and critical care transportation for patients in Iowa and surrounding areas. Our highly-experienced crews have flown more than 7,000 missions over the last 35 years.

LifeGuard responds to a variety of emergency situations, including:

  • Patients in rural areas

  • Accident victims

  • High-risk infants in need of specialized care

  • Patients needing transport to distant facilities

Fast Response

Speed, advanced on-board medical equipment and the expertise of the crew all add up to a better chance of survival and recovery. LifeGuard Air Ambulance is staffed 24 hours a day for transport to the hospital of the patient or family's choice, or to the nearest appropriate facility. To reach LifeGuard's dispatch, call (800) 223-6627.

Please fill out forms below and return, either by email to: LIFEGUARD@unitypoint.org or fax to: (319) 369-8335. 

LifeGuard physician certification form.pdf

LifeGuard PR Request Form.pdf

LifeGuard crew

Each LifeGuard flight consists of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic. Special flight teams, such as the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) transport team are also available if needed.

About Med-Trans

Med-Trans Corporation, operator of the LifeGuard aircraft, is a leading provider of air ambulance programs throughout the United States. Med-Trans offers an array of customized air medical program designs including hybrid models, community based models or traditional hospital-based models. The company's extensive fleet rapidly delivers teams of highly trained professionals to patients, striving to provide the patient with the best possible outcome.  For more information, please visit: med-trans.net.

The History of LifeGuard

1979

First patient transported in the LifeGuard UH-1 "Huey" helicopter. Pilot flies from airport and picks up two area ambulance paramedics at Mercy Hospital.

1981

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 paramedics travel to St. Luke's by ambulance to go on flights.

1982

First part-time pilot is hired.

1984

Nurses are added to the flight crew mix with one paramedic from Area Ambulance. Neonate transporter is added to the capabilities with a NICU nurse and a respiratory therapist.

1985

UH-1 "Huey" helicopter is replaced with the purchase of a Long Ranger 3 and flies with a flight nurse and an Area Ambulance paramedic team full time. Pilots go to 12-hour shifts with the hiring of a third and forth pilot.

1990

St. Luke's Hospital hires paramedics to staff LifeGuard with flight nurses.

1997

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

2006

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

2016

Lifeguard celebrates 35 years of saving eastern Iowans

Med-Trans Corporation, operator of the LifeGuard aircraft is a leading provider of air ambulance programs throughout the United States. Med-Trans offers an array of customized air medical program designs including hybrid models, community based models or traditional hospital-based models. The company's extensive fleet rapidly delivers teams of highly trained professionals to patients, striving to provide the patient with the best possible outcome.  For more information, please visit: med-trans.net.