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Facing rising costs from aviation partner, LifeFlight sets up in-house air operations – Portland Press Herald

LifeFlight, Maine’s only emergency air ambulance provider and a key lifesaving asset for islands and other remote communities across the state, has taken direct control of its aviation operations. The move frees the nonprofit from an aviation services contractor now owned by a venture capital firm that has become notorious for charging patients and their insurers about twice as much as hospital- or nonprofit-owned rivals.

Two children seriously injured in Somerset County snowmobile crash (Sun Journal)

The girls were snowmobiling on a family property off Millay Hill Road when they lost control of their 1988 Ski-Doo and crashed into trees, the Maine Warden Service said. Neither girl was wearing a helmet. The girls were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, then flown by LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center in Portland with head, chest and back trauma, officials said.

Maine’s emergency helicopter fleet braces for COVID-19 to get worse (Bangor Daily News)

LifeFlight of Maine helicopters have transported COVID-19 patients in need of more acute care since the start of the pandemic. But now, the combined pressures of a stubborn pandemic that won’t subside and a stressed medical system that’s short on beds and staff are catching up with the emergency helicopter service that’s been around since 1998.

COVID is still with us and we need your help to protect one another (Bangor Daily News)

On behalf of everyone who works to keep Maine safe every day — our healthcare, our public safety, our teachers and our business workers, along with everyone helping their community public health efforts to contain and defeat COVID — please help us save lives and make sure there are no more empty chairs this year.

At capacity: Some of the most critical Maine patients flown across state lines for care (WGME)

A jump in COVID hospitalizations in Maine is just adding to the existing strain on hospitals. With a lack of available beds, LifeFlight of Maine is flying patients out of state, sometimes as far away as Connecticut. The service is called in for some of the most critical patients to transfer them to hospitals across the state.