Release Date: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM
It was a beautiful day for golf on June 17 when 140 golfers gathered at Martindale Country Club in Auburn for what might have been LifeFlight’s biggest golf tournament yet. The volunteer organizing committee comprised of Cynthia Beaton, Brad Boehringer, Tom Gutow, Sean Brackett, Heather Cady, Billy Stuart and Sandra Graul-McEachern, pulled together a well-run and successful event that included a visit from the helicopter, on-course games, raffle prizes, auction items, lots of great food and even more friendly competition.
After a final tally, the event raised more than $22,000! All of these funds are earmarked for crew education, training and professional development. LifeFlight helicopters are well known for transporting critical patients to the care they need quickly and safely. Though not talked about as often, the expertise of the crew and advanced medical equipment on board are just as important to a patient’s survival and recovery as the aircraft itself. LifeFlight and the patients we serve rely on community fundraising events like this one to help pay for our clinical education program, which benefits the flight crew as well as emergency medical providers across the state.
The key to high-quality critical care in a largely rural environment like Maine is a strong network of emergency medical providers, from the first responder all the way to the specialty physician at a large, urban medical center. The network includes public safety officers, dispatchers, EMTs and paramedics, as well as nurses and physicians in emergency rooms at small community hospitals. Advanced education and frequent training help strengthen that network of providers.
LifeFlight works hard to ensure its own medical crew members maintain a high-level of clinical proficiency through ongoing education and training. Crew members also provide training to emergency medical providers across the state, resulting in a system that continues to become more skilled and more synergistic.
In addition to the golfers, the event is also supported by generous sponsors. This year’s sponsors included: Leonardo Helicopters, Bangor Savings Bank, Brookfield Renewable, Pratt & Whitney, Spectrum Aeromed, Procter & Gamble, Franklin Savings Bank, Nurse Anesthesia of Maine, Northeast Air, and Lajoie Brothers.
LifeFlight of Maine is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit air medical and critical care transport organization. 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 26,000 patients from every hospital and nearly all of Maine’s communities and islands.