New Helipad Unveiled In Millinocket 

The Millinocket Regional Hospital unveiled their new helipad on Monday, much to the delight of hospital staff looking on. “It’s gong to be a great asset to the hospital and the community,” says Ron Brown, the President of the Board of Directors, “living this far out in the wilderness a lot of ambulances just can’t be fast enough, and this is just a fantastic service for this area.”The $125,000 pricetag was split several ways according the Executive Director of Life Flight Tom Judge. “It was a combination from the state of Maine, the transport bond of 2005, the USDA, some federal help, and obviously the local community,” says Judge, “a strong resource with the hospital and katahdin timberlands.”Congressman Mike Michaud was on hand to help celebrate. “It’s what life flight is all about,” said Michaud, “it’s more than just numbers, it’s about human beings, individuals, and what this service will definitely provide.”The day was capped off with the Life Flight helicopter making an appearance in what turned out to be a busy past week for the air ambulance. “We’ve been in Corinna, we’ve been in Swan’s Island,” says Judge, “we’ve been in Fort Kent, we’ve been in Lincoln, we’ve been sort of hither and tither, Skowhegan over the course of the past 14 days, the 2 helicopters have done about 14 flights in the last 24 hours.”Patients will be able to get from Millinocket to Bangor in about 20 minutes, and that is what this project is all about. “It really shows how Maine comes together,” says Judge, “and to make sure that in all our worries about health care that we know that in rural maine our emt’s, our fire departments, our paramedics, our life flight, we’re actually going to be there, we’re going to be there today and we’re going to be there tomorrow.”