Skip to main content

With more than 37 years of service, Geisinger Life Flight has flown more than 60,000 patients. Life Flight operates six of its nine air ambulances 24/7 from bases throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

About

Lifesaving critical care when every minute counts

If you or someone you love needs emergency critical care, our Life Flight® crew can get you there fast.

With more than 38 years of service, Geisinger Life Flight is the leader in medical air transportation in central and northeast Pennsylvania. We are nationally recognized in safety with quality measures that exceed the National Transportation Safety Board requirements such as night vision equipment, single pilot instrument flight certification, and satellite tracking systems. 

Our program averages 2,800 flights per year with nine state-of-the-art helicopters that are equipped for adverse weather conditions and night vision to ensure a safe flight at any time. Life Flight has transported more than 66,000 patients.

In 2018 Life Flight continued their commitment and investment to providing exceptional patient care. In the spring, we welcomed a new state-of-the-art helicopter, and in July we expanded service to the Lehigh Valley through an air medical collaboration with St. Luke’s University Health Network. Due to expansion, in July 2019 the program relocated its Life Flight 1 base from Geisinger Medical Center to Penn Valley Airport to dedicate the GMC campus hangar to maintenance operations

We specialize in transporting:

  • Critical patients from accident scenes
  • Premature newborns
  • Cardiac patients
  • Critical care adult, pediatric and organ transplant patients

Why Choose Geisinger?


Life Flight is fully accredited through 2020 by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems — the gold standard for air medical transport. To earn CAMTS accreditation, a service must demonstrate compliance to strict standards involving quality of medical care, equipment maintenance, communications, training and safety, along with passing a comprehensive, on-site inspection.

Only 168 medical transport services in the world have earned CAMTS accreditation. During Life Flight's site survey, the team was commended for leadership involvement, staff dedication, patient care, program standardization, scheduling safeguards of the maintenance team and maintaining equipment and supplies in perfect condition.

For community appearance inquires and first responder training requests: 
LifeFlight@geisinger.edu


For media inquires only: 
Marc Stempka, Media Relations Specialist
mstempka@geisinger.edu

Where we are

We serve more than 45 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania and operate six of nine aircraft per day from the following bases:

  • Penn Valley Airport, Selinsgrove
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Avoca 
  • University Park Airport, State College 
  • Williamsport Regional Airport, Williamsport 
  • Good Will Fire Department, Minersville 
  • Jake Arner Memorial Airport, Lehighton

*Ground critical care services are available from Geisinger Medical Center.

Advanced Life Support & Rapid Transportation

Each helicopter can transport up to two patients at a time and is equipped with emergency medical equipment such as:

  • Advanced cardiac monitors
  • Defibrillators
  • Cardiac pacemakers and ventilators
  • Intravenous infusion pumps
  • Oxygen
  • Suction units
  • Full range of emergency cardiac medications

Inter-Facility Critical Care Transportation

Our Life Flight service provides critical care transport for premature newborns, cardiac patients, critically ill adult and pediatric patients, high risk obstetrics and organ transplant patients from local hospitals to specialty care and tertiary care hospitals such as Geisinger when advanced care is necessary.

Life Flight is an extension of the Emergency Medicine service line and all major service lines at Geisinger and is fully integrated into our electronic health record system.
Life Flight is owned and operated by the Geisinger Medical Center FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate number 3GMA077N.
Man loading life flight helicopter