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History of LIFESTAR

LIFESTAR has served the Texas Panhandle and surrounding states for over 20 years.

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Provide high quality, rapid critical care transport to the citizens of the Tri-State area.

LIFESTAR strives to continually perform all of its duties in the safest manner possible to insure crew, patient and public trust.


Be the leader in rapid air medical transport for the Tri-State area and the Texas Panhandle.

Build and maintain strong relationships with local & regional EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement,  referring hospital and physicians.


Our Critical Care Teams specialize in adult, pediatric and infants with dedicated neonatal and maternal/fetal transport teams.

Safety of Flight

Safety is our Core Value. It is our commitment to our patients, crew and partners.

Passion. Commitment. Experience.

Providing Critical Care Air Medical Transport for over 23 years. You can count on LIFESTAR.

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About Us

In the Beginning:

  • Program began on August 15th 1993 as Medivac-1
  • First Flight August 20th, 1993
  • First Aircraft: A-Star upgraded to Twin Star


  • February 15th, 1998 our program made a few changes, we changed names, vendors, colors and aircraft.
  • We changed the Program name to LIFESTAR
  • An EC-135 was selected as our new aircraft.  This EC-135 was #10 produced, and only the third EC to go into EMS service in the U.S. 
  • Temsco Helicopters of Ketchikan, Alaska was selected as the new vendor.
  • A new on-site hanger was built.

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  • In April of 2003 our program realigned with OMNIFLIGHT Helicopters
  • LIFESTAR transitioned into a BK-117 A4 model helicopter. 
  • LIFESTAR remained the same dedicated critical care transport team.

The Growing Years:

  • April 1st 2008 LIFESTAR and Med-Trans Corporation, a leading provider of Air Medical Services, and Northwest Texas Healthcare System joined together to provide dedicated Critical Care Air Transport  to the Panhandle and surrounding states.
  • A New Bell 407 and New EC135 were provided
  • Both will be equipped with NVG's, Satellite Tracking all weather radar and Garmin moving map GPS 

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  • September 2008,  A New EC135 was put into service


Leadership Team:

personel bio picStewart Jackson RN-BSN, CMTE, LP, NRP, CFRN, FP-C - Program Director

Not Pictured - Dr. Brian Weis M.D., Ph.D., FACP - Medical Director

personel bio picJason Bethel - Pilot/Base Aviation Manger LIFESTAR I




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