CMH Chief Nursing Officer Kris Chaisson was on site at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport for the arrival of the newly expanded and upgraded fleet of LifeFlight medical helicopters. After a five-year and $20 million fundraising campaign, LifeFlight has added a third twin-engine helicopter and revamped its other aircraft enabling them to serve more patients, more safely, quickly and reliably for years to come.
“Central Maine Healthcare has a longstanding partnership with LifeFlight and their clinical team is an extension of ours,” Kris Chaisson said. “It’s great to know these enhancements will allow them to do their job and do it well, without having to compromise anything in order to take care of our patients.”
The LifeFlight Foundation began the fundraising to replace and modernize the fleet. The three critical care helicopters now feature more power, speed, a larger interior workspace and advanced aviation electronics.
(Photo left to right): Carlos Marrero, mechanic, TJ Wesoloski, pilot, Andrew John, pilot, Kate O’Halloran, Exec. Dir., LifeFlight Foundation, Tom Judge, Exec. Dir., LifeFlight of Maine, Kris Chaisson, BSN, MS, RN, CCRN, Chief Nursing Officer, CMH, Pete Tilney, DO FACEP, FAAEM, EMT-P, LifeFlight of Maine, Dr. Norman Dinerman, Greg LaFrancois, Chair of LOM Steering Committee, Pres. Northern Light AR Gould Hospital, Presque Isle