Executive Director, LifeFlight of Maine
Tom Judge serves as the Executive Director of LifeFlight of Maine, a non-profit hospital-based helicopter critical care system serving the entire state of Maine. He also serves as Executive Director of the LifeFlight Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that funds aviation infrastructure and outreach education services to hospital and EMS providers. LifeFlight has been nationally recognized for quality, safety and innovative excellence in community service.
Tom brings thirty years of experience in pre-hospital emergency medical services to these organizations, in roles ranging from provider to system planner. He currently serves on the board of the Foundation for Airmedical Research and Education and is a past president of the board of the Association of Air Medical Services. In 2009, he was appointed to the National EMS Advisory Council where he provides advice and recommendations on matters relating to all aspects of the development and implementation of EMS. He also is a consultant for an international accreditation group, serves on the faculty of the annual conference of the National Association of EMS Physicians and on the editorial board of the Emergency Medicine Journal. Locally, he serves as a trustee for Penobscot Bay Healthcare in Rockport and is an active paramedic for the St. George Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Association.
In the mid-1990s, Tom spent a year in the United Kingdom as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy, during which time he studied at the Medical Care Research Unit, the University of Sheffield and with the Scottish Ambulance Service. He is particularly interested in the effects of healthcare policy and the issues of access and equity in the provision of rural medical care.
Tom has written dozens of articles for emergency and air medical journals and made several presentations at international EMS conferences around the world including South Africa, London, the Czech Republic, Vancouver, Japan, Paris, Spain, Scotland and across the United States.