First National Bank helps LifeFlight

DAMARISCOTTA — First National Bank has given $50,000 to support the LifeFlight Foundations fundraising efforts to buy a third helicopter.

“LifeFlight cares for critically ill and injured patients all across the state,” said Thomas Judge, executive director at LifeFlight of Maine and LifeFlight Foundation.

“This generous gift from First National is essential to our ability to be there for everyone who needs us, no matter where they are.”

Most people who need emergency medical care can be appropriately transported by ground ambulance. The sickest patients, however, need the critical care and speed that LifeFlight provides. LifeFlight’s vision for Maine is a place in which every person, in every community, has access to critical care and medical transport when they need it. Over the last several years, the number of patients who need the high level of care LifeFlight provides has risen steadily.

“First National Bank is honored to contribute to LifeFlight. The service they offer is vital to the people of Maine,” said Tony McKim, president and CEO of First National Bank.

The total cost for the third helicopter project is $8.5 million, including a price tag of $6 million for the aircraft itself. The remaining $2.5 million will go toward purchasing the advanced medical equipment on board and establishing a third base of operations in York County.

LifeFlight currently has two helicopters, one based in Bangor at Eastern Maine Medical Center and one based in Lewiston at Central Maine Medical Center. The helicopters are staffed by teams of highly qualified critical care transport nurses and paramedics.

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