SACO — Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution recently donated $10,000 to LifeFlight of Maine. The air medical and critical care transport organization, which provides critical life-saving care to Mainers from every part of the state, is looking to replace its two older helicopters that have been in use for 14 years.
LifeFlight of Maine, with bases in Bangor, Lewiston and Sanford, started in 1998 when Maine was the only state without an air rescue and critical care transport service. Overseen by 25 physicians, the organization cared for more than 2,100 critically ill and injured patients last year and, since its inception, transported more than 25,000 patients from every hospital and nearly all of Maine’s communities and islands. The new helicopters will help LifeFlight transport more patients at a faster rate, with increased capacity and speed.
“Saco and Biddeford Savings appreciates LifeFlight and their mission to ensure all Mainers have access to immediate critical care when facing an emergency. You never know when you may need their service, but access to it has the potential to be life-saving,” said Bob Quentin, President and CEO of SBSI.
The new—next generation— helicopters will include the latest safety and aeronautic technology available, featuring a larger cabin with an increased weight capacity and a higher speed range, all while using the same amount of fuel as the smaller aircrafts. The aircrafts are also made of composite materials, which will require less maintenance.
“With three helicopters, airplane and dedicated ground ambulance partners, LifeFlight crisscrosses the state every day, providing advanced emergency care and transport to Maine’s sickest patients,” explains LifeFlight of Maine Executive Director Thomas Judge. “After millions of miles and many years of hard service, it’s time for us to replace our two oldest helicopters to ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of critically ill and injured patients in the future. The support shown by Saco and Biddeford Savings with this generous contribution will help our organization move closer to acquiring new helicopters.”
If you would like to learn more about LifeFlight of Maine or donate to their fundraising campaign, call 207-230-7092 or visit www.lifeflightmaine.org.
About Saco & Biddeford Savings
Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s Oldest Bank with locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook. A leader in community banking, SBSI has contributed more than $3.8 million to area organizations over the last 10 years and continues to support the needs of the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.sbsavings.bank or on Twitter at @SBSavings and #InItTogether. Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
About LifeFlight of Maine
LifeFlight of Maine is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit. LifeFlight brings lifesaving critical care staff and equipment directly to the patient by helicopter, airplane and ground ambulance. It also provides advanced emergency medical training to Maine’s hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS) and public safety agencies. Overseen by 25 physicians, LifeFlight cared for more than 2,100 critically ill and injured patients last year. Since its inception in 1998, LifeFlight has transported more than 25,000 patients from every hospital and nearly all of Maine’s communities and islands. If you would like to learn more about LifeFlight, call 207-230-7092.