LifeMed Alaska Announces New CEO

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

Russell Edwards has joined LifeMed Alaska as Chief Executive Officer. “We’re excited to add Mr. Edwards to our executive team” says Ross Newcomb, chairman of the board of Directors at LifeMed Alaska.


CONTACT: Shannon Martin 907-249-8356

LifeMed Alaska Announces new CEO

Anchorage, Alaska — December 26, 2018 — LifeMed Alaska, an Alaska-based ground and air ambulance service with base locations in Anchorage, Bethel, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer and Soldotna, announced that Russell L. Edwards has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer

“We’re excited to add Mr. Edwards to our executive team” says Ross Newcomb, chairman of the board of Directors at LifeMed Alaska. “Mr. Edwards brings substantial experience gained through 27 years as a military aviator focused on aviation operations, aviation and ground safety, personnel management and financial oversight. Throughout his career, Mr. Edwards has been actively involved in Alaska aviation and medevac operations, managed Alaska rescue missions and led teams in operations and safety activities. We are pleased to add his expertise and direction to LifeMed Alaska.” 

About Russell Edwards: As a former Army medevac pilot and Alaska Air National Guard rescue helicopter pilot with the 210th Rescue Squadron, Mr. Edwards has led teams in the safe and effective conduct of flight operations that resulted in safe evacuation of hundreds, in Alaska, the lower 48, and during multiple overseas deployments. His comprehensive understanding and application of pertinent military and civilian regulations, crew resource management, and team leadership has resulted in multiple awards for rescue operations, including an Air Medal for Heroism for leading a flight of two HH-60s in the rescue of a wounded Special Forces officer in the mountains of Afghanistan. Mr. Edwards will retire from the Alaska Air National Guard in the Fall of 2019 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

About LifeMed Alaska: LifeMed Alaska was formed from the merger of LifeGuard Alaska and AeroMed International on November 1, 2008. At the time of the merger, LifeGuard Alaska was owned and operated by Providence Health and Services Alaska and AeroMed International was owned and operated by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. LifeMed Alaska now employs 135 staff at six regional bases as well as ground division bases serving Anchorage and the MatSu Valley. LifeMed Alaska provides 24/7 critical care air ambulance services throughout Alaska with full-scope transports for adult, pediatric, neonate and high-risk obstetric patients using an advanced fleet of Learjets, turboprops, and helicopters. LifeMed Alaska offers a family Membership program at a cost of $49 per year that covers out of pocket expenses for medically necessary air or ground transport provided by LifeMed Alaska. More information is available at LifeMed Alaska medical crews are highly skilled and dedicated to the care and comfort of patients and their families. In addition to required education, each crew member receives over 200 hours annually of continuing education focused on Trauma, Cardiac, high risk Obstetrics as well as Neonatal, Pediatric and Adult Critical Care.

For more information about LifeMed Alaska visit or contact Shannon Martin at (907) 249-8356 or via email at

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