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.

LifeFlight of Maine in a COVID-19 world: Part Two (WABI)

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.

December 2021 COVID Update

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. 

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.