LifeFlight of Maine Open House May 21

May 17, 2017

LifeFlight of Maine is having an open house this weekend, Sunday May 21 from Noon to 2pm at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport. The event is being hosted by Southern Maine Aviation, located in the terminal building at 199 Airport Road in Sanford.

Come meet the crew and check out the aircraft! Click on the image at right to view the event flyer.

Sunday is the kickoff day for National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. Back then, EMS was a new profession, and EMS practitioners had only just started to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.

A lot has changed since then. EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical care continuum. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including heart attack, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, cardiac arrest, stroke, drug overdose or acute illness. EMS may provide both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and en route to a hospital. EMS practitioners care for their patients' medical needs and show caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.

With the development of mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine (MIH-CP), EMS is also increasingly a valued participant in achieving the nation's overall healthcare goals of improved patient health and lowered costs.

LifeFlight of Maine established its third Maine base in Sanford in January. To learn more about LifeFlight, read our Newsletter Q&A with LifeFlight's executive director Tom Judge or visit the LifeFlight of Maine website.