AirLink began with a Bell Long Ranger helicopter, a remote community in need and a vision that would sustain nearly 30 years of excellence in patient care, safety and clinical innovation.
Today, the company offers air medical transport to Central Oregon and Northern California’s most traumatic and critically ill patients. In conjunction with the employees of St. Charles Hospital of Bend, AirLink also provides one of the best neonatal transport operations in the state.
“AirLink was built by and for the community of Bend and the surrounding rural communities of Central Oregon,” said Kristin Lingman, manager, marketing and business development for AirLink. “As a business, AirLink believes the only way to be truly successful is to be an active and responsible contributor to the community and its residents.”
In the year of 1985, at a significant cost to AirLife and St. Charles Hospital, the Bell Long Ranger was the first FAA certified IFR (instrument flight rated) helicopter in the state. AirLife set the “safety” bar for air medical care in Oregon and though needs have changed, AirLink has maintained those standards as evident by its CAMTS certification – the industry’s gold standard for patient care, safety and operations.
From its in-flight Point of Care Testing Lab, to AirLink’s video laryngoscopy for tracheal intubation and the carrying of lifesaving blood on each flight, AirLink has been a clinically innovative company since its inception.
The Bend community has helped build and sustain AirLink, Lingman said. To show the company’s gratitude, she said it is a priority for AirLink and its employees to give back.
AirLink volunteers its crew and aircraft to support Search and Rescue efforts to find those lost or injured. The company assists all local sheriff’s departments and ODOT with air support when needs arise. AirLink also participates in youth education, EMS education and supports community organizations including Family Kitchen, the Adopt-a-Highway Clean Up program and the Habitat Humanity Build program.
Fully engaging and participating with the community is the best way of saying “thank you,” for all the support the town of Bend has shown AirLink, Lingman said.
“It’s an incredible honor for us to be the recipient of the ‘Salute to Commerce’ winner,” Lingman said. “It’s our hope that as a recipient, we not only continue to be an effective community organization but sought after as an industry leader for upholding our commitment to our community through our values and mission. We hope that our passion for what we do, shines brightly on the community of Bend.”