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MedStar integrating with Life Flight Network effective April 1

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Life Flight is taking over MedStar effective April 1 Life Flight is taking over MedStar effective April 1
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Northwest MedStar announced Wednesday they will be integrating with Oregon-based Life Flight Network beginning April 1, creating a larger flight network that will have a "monopoly on helicopter medical transport in the Inland Northwest." 

MedStar crews were grounded Wednesday as the details of the integration were announced. An Inland Northwest Health Services spokeswoman said flight crew members for MedStar will be offered positions at Life Flight, however some staff positions at MedStar will be eliminated. 

MedStar currently has six bases in Spokane, Pullman, Tri-Cities, Brewster, Moses Lake and Missoula. Life Flight will take over those bases and open new ones in Walla Walla and Colville, as well as add a small airplane to the Moses Lake base. 

The integration makes the Life Flight Network the largest, nationally recognize not-for-profit air ambulance program with 27 helicopters, 10 small airplanes and 22 air medical bases, along with extensive ground ambulance transports. 

At this time it is unclear how the merger will affect prices for Life Flight's services. According to The Spokesman Review, the most recent numbers show that the per-mile cost of transport was $121 for MedStar and $176 for Life Flight, while the base cost of a helicopter ride was about $14,000 for MedStar and nearly $17,000 with Life Flight. If you have an existing membership with MedStar, it will still be covered by Life Flight and you will receive renewal notices from Life Flight from now on. 

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