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When life-threatening illness or injury strikes, every second counts. Emergency transport from Avera’s rapid and reliable Careflight services may be critical to survival and recovery.

Rapid Emergency Air Transportation

In a region with a large, widely-scattered rural population, rapid emergency air transport is essential. Careflight brings this state-of-the-art technology to people throughout the region from its base locations in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Pierre.

Careflight is available 24/7/365 with:

  • Careflight helicopter – For shorter distances, our Eurocopter H-145 and two Eurocopter EC-145 helicopters provide smooth, quiet emergency transport.

  • Careflight fixed-wing – For distances greater than 150 miles or if the helicopter transport is limited by weather, our King Air 200 airplane and two Pilatus PC-12s are comfortable, effective, and ready at all times to provide emergency transports

  • Emergency vehicles – Ground ambulances provide high-quality critical care during transport to and between medical facilities.

If needed, Careflight can also travel to large medical centers in:

  • Bismarck, ND
  • Fargo, ND
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Omaha, NE
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Rochester, MN

For Careflight emergency air transportation services call 1-800-367-3278.

Expert & Compassionate Care from Specialized Flight Teams

To ensure that each patient benefits from a quick trip to the emergency room and the best possible care – no matter the age or condition – throughout the flight, Careflight has specialized transport teams:

  • Adult & Pediatrics Team – trained in adult and pediatric trauma and critical care
  • Neonatal team – trained to support critically ill newborns
  • Obstetrics team – trained in high-risk obstetrical care for expecting moms and babies

In addition to certified pilots, each Careflight team consists of paramedics and registered nurses experienced in performing advanced medical procedures. Count on their expertise in:

Careflight paramedics maintain certifications in advanced cardiac life support and trauma care. Careflight nurses have critical care experience and hold certifications in trauma nursing and advanced cardiac life support for both adult and pediatric patients.

Throughout your transport, your Careflight medical crew constantly communicates with telemedicine providers, specialty physicians and trauma team members. You’re virtually within the trauma center while still in the air.

Become a Careflight Member

The cost of emergency air transport often exceeds $8,000. Receive full coverage for only $49 a year through a Careflight membership*. Discover peace of mind when you enroll in one our Careflight membership program:

Why Consider Careflight for Your Family?

If you suffer from serious or chronic health conditions, live in a rural setting, are elderly, or simply want to be prepared in case of an emergency, a Careflight membership may be right for you.

As a member, you receive full coverage for Careflight’s emergency medical air transport services for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. Your insurance carrier will be billed and their payment accepted as payment in full. If you don’t carry medical insurance, but are a Careflight member, your costs will be covered through your membership. While you don’t have to be a member of Careflight to utilize it as an emergency transport service – a membership simply ensures that you are fully covered.


If you have questions about the Careflight membership program or application, please contact the Avera Foundation at 605-322-4759.

*Careflight membership covers you, your spouse, and unmarried dependent children under the age of 26. Any dependent age 26 or over, who is incapable of self-support because of a mental or physical disability, will need to purchase a separate Careflight membership. The effective date of the plan will be the first of the month following receipt of membership payment.

Avera Careflight is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, the industry's most respected stamp of approval for all aspects of air safety and quality. Aviation services provided by MRIS, LLC and Avera McKennan.


Careflight Membership

Discover peace of mind when you enroll in our Careflight membership program.

If you are interested in purchasing a Careflight membership, please call 605-322-4759.

Careflight Photos


Eurocopter H-145 (Roto-Wing)


Eurocopter H-145
(Photo credit Aaron Marker)


King Air 200 (Fixed-Wing)

King Air

King Air 200 ready to receive a patient

Careflight Service Area

Careflight covers a 125-mile radius across the Upper Midwest. View the Careflight service area map to see where we fly.

Avera St. Luke's Careflight

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