Serving Kansas Since 1988
Life Star of Kansas has flown a number of different types of aircraft throughout its history. Starting in a Bell 206L1 LongRanger, the service now utilizes AgustaWestland; AW119Ke and AW109S Grand, and an Airbus AS350B2. In between, Life Star has also utilized two BK 117’s, one BO-105 and one AS350B3. Life Star selects its aircraft based on many factors, including safety of aviation operations, speed and patient care capabilities. All pilots receive factory training on the aircraft they fly, along with annual refresher training and quarterly check rides.
Mission, Vision, Values and Critical Success Factors
“Safe, rapid solutions to time, distance and illness…”
Life Star of Kansas will:
Be known for its positive, supportive, and encouraging work environment;
Be our area’s preferred provider in critical care transport by providing services of value and building mutually beneficial relationships;
Employ dedicated, skilled professionals who are passionate about their work;
Face current and future challenges with foresight, confidence and courage;
Exceed industry standards in patient care and aviation by maintaining a strong financial condition.
Safety (Do our decisions avoid unnecessary risk?)
Accountability (Will we accept responsibility for our decisions?)
Respect (Do our decisions honor the dignity and worth of others?)
Stewardship (Do our decisions efficiently and appropriately utilize available resources?)
Critical Success Factors:
We must operate safely.
We must provide excellence in patient service.
We must maintain financial viability.
We must continually strive for a just organizational culture.
We must effectively strengthen and promote the value of our services.
Life Star of Kansas is a not-for-profit corporation owned by Stormont Vail Health and St. Francis Health Center, both of Topeka, Kansas. Crew training began in late 1987 for the first patient transport in February of 1988. Life Star of Kansas received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) in 1996, the first air-medical program in the four-state region to do so and one of the first in the country.
The first base for Life Star of Kansas was at Forbes Field in Topeka, where the crew and business office operated together. Forbes Field continues to be home for Life Star’s administrative operations—communications center and administration.
In May of 2001 Life Star opened its “West Base” in Junction City, Kansas, 70 miles west of Topeka. Opening in shared space with the Junction City Fire Department, this base is currently located at Freeman Field in Junction City and operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
In April of 2002 Life Star opened its “East Base" in Lawrence, Kansas at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. This base continues to operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week.