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Staff for Life Helicopter Service
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The Staff for Life Helicopter Service fulfills the need for advanced life support and rapid transport of the critically injured to definitive care. As part of the Emergency Medical Response System, The Staff for Life Helicopter Service works cooperatively with referring law, fire and ambulance services, as well as referring facilities. Owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation in partnership with University of Missouri Health Care, The Staff for Life Helicopter Service provides rapid response, critical care nursing, advanced invasive skills, and safe transportation 24-hours-a-day. Our air medical crew members meet and perform the highest obtainable standards of safety, professionalism and respect for human life.




Mission Statement

Staff for Life flight crew members:
Hes West, RN, and Jim Gwinner, EMT-P


The mission of The Staff for Life Helicopter Service reflects the mission statements of both the Air Methods Corporation and the University of Missouri Health Care. The Staff for Life Helicopter Service is dedicated to the care of the critically ill and injured of all ages on a continual basis by providing a fully trained and staffed critical care transport environment. The community is further served through a comprehensive outreach and training program, including critical care and trauma education, helicopter utilization, safety and landing zone preparation. Patients are not discriminated against due to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or ability to pay. It is the goal of The Staff for Life Helicopter Service to be an industry leader in the provision of superior patient care and safety in the air transport environment.








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