Care in the Air

LIFE STAR is a critical care helicopter service which responds to and provides air transport for a variety of patients who require care at a tertiary care facility.

The LIFE STAR crew consists of a flight nurse, flight respiratory therapist, pilot, mechanic and communication specialist.


The LIFE STAR critical care air medical transport service began operation in 1985.

LIFE STAR is available to all emergency/critical care patients within a 150-mile radius surrounding our bases. All tertiary care centers within this response area are serviced by LIFE STAR and approximately 1,200 patients are transported annually. LIFE STAR has transported in excess of 20,000 patients to date.

LIFE STAR has relationships with tertiary care physicians from the EMS/Trauma department at Hartford Hospital, as well as specialty physicians at receiving facilities. Consultation on patient management prior to and during transport is available to the flight crew.

The LIFE STAR service operates one American Eurocopter BK-117 and one American Eurocopter EC-145, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. One aircraft is based at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, CT. The other is based at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT.

Each LIFE STAR helicopter is identical in the composition of its crew and capabilities, and can transport two patients. LIFE STAR can travel at 155 miles per hour and is airborne within minutes of a request for service.