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EagleMed and LifeTeam won't merge as expected

WICHITA — Wichita-based EagleMed and Newton-based LifeTeam are not merging after all.

The Wichita Eagle first reported late last year that the competing air ambulance providers would merge.

"Circumstances are not conducive to join forces under the EagleMed brand at this time," says EagleMed president Larry Bugg.

Originally, the companies expected the deal to close this quarter.

Bugg won't elaborate on what happened except to say previously there was only a letter of intent. He says that during the due diligence phase, that's when the deal fell apart.

"We'll continue to look for opportunities to serve the citizens of Kansas."