July 27, 2022
SACO, Maine (July 27, 2022) – Saco & Biddeford Savings, (SBS) Maine’s oldest bank, contributed $25,000 to The LifeFlight Foundation “Complete the Fleet” Campaign to bring an upgraded critical care helicopter to the people of Maine.
Over the years, LifeFlight helicopters have transported more patients and operated significantly more hours compared to medical helicopters throughout New England and the U.S. Despite meticulous maintenance and upgrades, aircrafts must be replaced when they are increasingly taken out of service for repairs, or when advancing technology overtakes their capabilities.
“This fleet upgrade means that LifeFlight will now have three helicopters that feature more power, speed, a larger workspace, and advanced aviation electronics,” said Kate O’Halloran, the Executive Director of the LifeFlight Foundation. “We are grateful for this fantastic gift – LifeFlight truly depends on the support of great partners like SBS to make these investments that help us better care for the people of Maine.”
The national aviation system is also transitioning to an FAA-mandated Next Generation (NextGen) air traffic control system using satellites and performance-based navigation. NextGen will allow upgraded compatible aircrafts to fly more directly to the destinations, even in more marginal weather. This is especially important for LifeFlight’s numerous island, coastal, and mountain transports where fog and weather are a significant determining factor in the ability to fly.
“Access to critical medical care and transportation is essential in a state like Maine,” said Bob Quentin, President and CEO of Saco & Biddeford Savings. “LifeFlight is a vital piece of that puzzle. We are delighted to support the acquisition of an upgraded helicopter to help them continue the important work that they do.”
Since 1998, LifeFlight of Maine has cared for more than 34,000 patients. To learn more about LifeFlight, please visit: lifeflightmaine.org
About Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution
Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s oldest bank. For 195 years, SBSI has continued to meet the ever-changing needs of the customers and communities it serves. Fulfilling its commitment to mutuality, SBSI has contributed more than $4.7 million to area organizations over the last 10 years. For more information, visit www.sbsavings.bank, Instagram at @SBSavings, Facebook at @sacobiddefordsavings, or visit one of their locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland or Westbrook. Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
Pictured L to R: Anna Dugal: Director of Development, Meg Palmer: SBS Community Relations Coordinator, Kayla Jones: Flight Nurse, Bob Quentin: SBS President & CEO, Jeff Hammersmith: Flight Paramedic, Sean Brackett: Sanford Base Manager