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LifeNet 1-1 is celebrating 45 years of service in Nebraska

LifeNet 1-1 is celebrating 45 years of service in Nebraska

LifeNet 1-1 is celebrating 45 years of service in Nebraska

For 45 years, LifeNet of the Heartland has served Omaha and the surrounding area with lifesaving care. In recognition of this milestone, many of those who have contributed to the success of LifeNet 1-1 joined together to celebrate at Falconwood Park on June 15.

“Among the first civilian air medical programs in the country, LifeNet of the Heartland has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to this community,” said Derek Strohman, account director for Air Methods, LifeNet of the Heartland’s parent company. “For 45 years, everyone from our nurses and paramedics to our pilots and mechanics have shown unparalleled dedication to this program, and we’re so happy to help them celebrate this anniversary.”

Guests enjoyed a taco and dessert buffet while crew members past and present reminisced about the past 45 years. A selection of photos from nearly half a century, as well as a display of flight suits through the years, highlighted the evolution of the base and the LifeNet program.

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“It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate LifeNet 1-1’s 45th anniversary with the people who have made this program so successful,” said Mikele Wissing, Air Methods Area Manager. “It also means a lot that this community has trusted us to provide critical care when it is needed most. It shows how connected we are to the people of the Heartland.”

LifeNet 1-1 provides comprehensive critical care for all ages, from infants to the elderly, including cardiac, trauma, high-risk obstetrics and various other serious medical conditions. Our specialized team can handle requests for intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP) and Impella cardiac devices, as well as the administration of warm and humidified oxygen to address specific pulmonary complications requiring advanced mechanical ventilatory support.

Earlier this year, all LifeNet sites in Omaha began transporting whole blood, ensuring access to critical components such as red blood cells, platelets, plasma and clotting factors for patients experiencing trauma or hemorrhagic shock.

“It is a privilege and an honor to represent those who have gone before us, those who have laid a solid foundation for the aviation medical industry to grow here in Omaha,” said Flight Attendant Jeremy Moore. “Being able to celebrate and pay tribute to teammates past and present, and those who have made and continue to make a difference by being ready to give back, makes us proud.”

Originally known as Life Flight, the program was founded in 1979 by Creighton University Medical Center as the ninth air medical program in the United States. The program merged with SkyMed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1997 and in 2000 changed its name to LifeNet.

Acquired by Air Methods in 2003, the program grew to include bases in Norfolk, Columbus, Crete, Kearney and North Platte.