Cape Fear Valley’s LifeLINK Specialty Care Transport averages 9,500 calls for service a year in its mission to provide convalescent and critical care treatment and transport to patients. These transports can be from healthcare facility to healthcare facility, doctor’s offices, specialty centers or even homes.
The convalescent mission provides a service to our citizens that need assistance getting to and from medical facilities when the patient is physically, or medically unable to utilize normal modes of transportation.
The specialty care mission involves highly trained EMTs, paramedics, and registered nurses to transport critically ill or injured patients to and from Cape Fear Valley or tertiary care facilities. We also assist EMS units with on-scene aeromedical evacuation.
LifeLINK utilizes 15 ambulances and a helicopter to transport patients. Ambulances vary in size, shape and capability capable of neonatal intensive care, bariatric transport, convalescent and critical care transport. Our fleet also includes two support units that may be utilized with special teams as well.
Cape Fear Valley’s LifeLINK Air division enjoys the use of a new Airbus H135 medical helicopter to assist with quick-response patient transport. The aircraft is equipped with twin Pratt & Whitney turbine engines, capable of carrying a crew of three and patient up to 173 mph.
LifeLINK has a total of 68 employees, including eight registered nurses, 22 paramedics, an advanced EMT and 39 EMTs. Our service area is 150 nautical miles for aeromedical and 150 miles by ground for primary response, covering Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Bladen, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties. This encompasses 4500 square miles.
Our competition team competes at state- and national-level EMS competitions. LifeLINK has won the UNC Mayday trauma competition several times.