It's something most of us don't spend much time thinking about: What would happen in those precious seconds after you or a loved one had a serious medical emergency?

This answer gives me peace of mind: No matter the day of the week or the time of the day, Central Maine Medical Center's Trauma Center is staffed with specially trained general and orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, emergency medicine providers, and critical care providers. They have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to respond quickly and save lives when seconds count.

In addition, the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston is available for patients with heart distress or symptoms of a heart attack, and Central Main Medical Center's stroke care is "ranked in the top percentile nationwide by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association," according to their website. When needed, emergency physicians can connect with leading specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston over streaming video for stroke and neurological consultations.

Central Maine Medical Center's Trauma Center is open and here for all of us around the clock, and I am thankful we have this vital resource in our community. To learn more, visit the Trauma Center's website here.