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.
A five-month-old has been taken by LifeFlight to Maine Medical Center in Portland after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash in New Sharon, according to Maine State Police.
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.
For nearly 25 years, LifeFlight of Maine has been transporting the sickest patients in need of critical care, whether by ground or air. The staff diligently works with EMS partners across the state to provide the best care possible. The non-profit organization is playing a critical role in treating COVID patients, too.
Throughout the pandemic, we have seen what it’s like for nurses and doctors working in COVID units.
Nearing the end of the year, our health care system continues to be spread thin. One non-profit organization playing a critical role in helping treat COVID-19 patients is LifeFlight of Maine.
To stay healthy, we need to continue to do everything (and more) that we have done for the past 20 months. We cannot let our guard down. Please stay safe and stay healthy through the holidays. Throughout history, many societies and religions have acknowledged the long dark nights giving way to increased light as we cross the solstice—our best to you for the new year as the light returns.
A young woman was extricated using the Jaws of Life Tuesday, Dec. 7, after the car she was driving left the road, went into a ditch and was pinned against trees. LifeFlight was called and landed at nearby Larrabee Field on Abbott Road.
The American Red Cross and LifeFlight of Maine partnered today to provide a very important gift this holiday season. Their blood drive took place at the Anah Shrine Temple in Bangor. Organizers said turnout was strong despite the snowy weather – and it’s a good thing, too.
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.
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.