Based in rural communities, IFR-GL dramatically reduces the time it takes critically ill or injured patients to reach higher levels of care. Pain, suffering and morbidity are reduced, outcomes improve, and overall health care costs are lowered when rural patients are able to reach higher levels of care much faster.
Who We Are
IFR-GL is a joint venture formed by Rural Healthcare Logistics, Inc. (RHL), Integrated Commercial Solutions, Inc. (ICS), and Valley Med Flight (VMF) in concert with regional EMS stakeholders to provide a fixed-wing Advanced Life Support equipped air ambulance service from our station at Ford Field (IMT) in Iron Mountain/Kingsford, Michigan.
RHL operates fixed-wing air ambulance stations in Rapid City and Pine Ridge, South Dakota and in Valentine, Nebraska in partnership with Medical Air Rescue Company (MARC).
MARC is the region’s most experienced licensed air ambulance provider. MARC has flown more than 10,000 missions into small, often ill-equipped, airports on the Northern Plains in all weather conditions since 1985.
ICS has operated a same-day propriety air and ground cargo network, serving the mission-critical transportation requirements of regional and national banks, nuclear pharmacies, and clinical/diagnostic laboratories in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin since 2001.
VMF operates rural air ambulance stations in Grand Forks and Williston, North Dakota, including the Bakken Shale Oil Fields. VMF serves remote markets hundreds of miles from the nearest Level I or Level II Trauma Centers, operating in some of the harshest conditions in the United States year round and in all weather. Valley Med Flight utilizes Critical Care nurse/paramedic teams, state of the art technology and equipment, and uses the Pilatus PC-12 fixed-wing air ambulance. VMF aim is to establish a new EMS standard of patient care.
What We Do
Beginning in October 2012, Integrated First Response – Great Lakes will base a Pilatus PC-12 air ambulance in Iron Mountain/Kingsford, Michigan at Ford Field. IFR-GL will provide Critical Care nurse/paramedic teams 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year.
IFR-GL works closely with the region’s community and Critical Access Hospitals as well as Trauma Centers in Marquette and Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. Together, we coordinate the transport of patients requiring Advanced Life support to higher levels of care in the shortest possible time.
The Pilatus PC-12 is pressurized, spacious, and “known-ice” rated. This well-equipped fixed-wing aircraft is able to fly in conditions that would keep helicopter air ambulance on the ground.
IFR-GL accepts Visa, Mastercard, all major private insurance coverage in addition to Medicare, Medicaid, Indian Health Services, and Veterans Administration payments.
The Pilatus PC-12
- Fixed-wing, Pressurized, Turbine Powered
- FAA IFR and Known-Ice Rated
- 300 MPH Cruising Speed, 30,000 Ceiling, 1,600 Mile Range
- Short Field (STOL) Capability
- Unmatched 16-year Safety Record
- Room for an accompanying family member
- Equipped to exceed ALS standards
- Spectrum MedWall 2800-003
- NICU Transport System Deck
- Glidescope Ranger
- Zoll M Series Biphasic Defibrulator
- Bariatric Capable
(PH) 855-437-9114; 855-IFR-9114
John Warnock, CEO
David Warnock, Secretary
Sean Ellis, CIO/Member
Monty Renfro, Member