Lisa Knipping Named Life Link III Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Knipping, Life Link III Chief Financial Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

Lisa Knipping, Life Link III Chief Financial Officer (Photo: Business Wire)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 20, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Life Link III has announced that Lisa Knipping has been named Chief Financial Officer, effective March 18, 2024. Ms. Knipping has served as the organization’s Senior Director of Finance since 2020 and succeeds Robert “Bob” Sannerud who retired from Life Link III on March 15, 2024, after a successful, 15-year tenure.

As Chief Financial Officer, Lisa will lead Life Link III’s financial management strategy, while overseeing all aspects of finance, accounting, and fiscal planning. Ms. Knipping brings a robust professional background in finance and has a proven track record of aligning creative solutions with complex financial challenges. Her strategic mindset, combined with a deep understanding of financial operations and industry dynamics, will be instrumental in guiding Life Link III through its next phase of growth.

“Lisa quickly became a tremendous contributor to Life Link III’s leadership team. As a results-driven leader, she has brought a dynamic, forward-thinking mindset which has led to several innovative solutions. We look forward to continuing our important work with Lisa to advance both Life Link III’s Mission, as well as our strategic roadmap to achieve our long-term objectives,” says Josh Howell, President & Chief Executive Officer.

Lisa has over 20 years of financial and operations leadership experience working in the healthcare and data intelligence industries, including roles at TeamHealth and Thomson Reuters. She holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, and B.S. in Finance from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. She is also a Certified Professional Project Manager (CPPM).

“Since 1985, Life Link III has served as a critical link for air medical resources for this region,” says Lisa Knipping. “As I move forward in my role as Chief Financial Officer, I look forward to continuing to support the high standards we have set as an organization and positioning Life Link III for future growth and success.”

About Life Link III

Life Link III operates eleven helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Hibbing, Rush City and Willmar, Minnesota, and Marshfield, Rhinelander and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The company’s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care. Life Link III’s transportation services are accredited by CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transportation Systems), ensuring the highest standards of quality and safety are met. Life Link III is a non-profit consortium made up of the following member-owner organizations: Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Children’s Minnesota, Essentia Health, Fairview Health Services, Regions Hospital/HealthPartners®, Hennepin Healthcare, Marshfield Clinic Health System, St. Luke’s, and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS).

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