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EY Announces Life Flight Network's CEO, Michael Griffiths is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2015 Award Finalist in the Pacific Northwest

AURORA, Ore., April 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EY today announced Michael Griffiths, CEO of Life Flight Network is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Pacific Northwest Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Michael was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 5, 2015 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

"It is an honor to be selected as a finalist of one of the world's most prestigious business awards for entrepreneurs. I am proud to be part of Life Flight Network, an organization that exists to help people in their greatest hour of need," states Griffiths. He adds, "The success of Life Flight Network would not be possible with the support of our employees who believe in the mission and vision, and the support of our owner hospitals."

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

In the Pacific Northwest, sponsors also include Merrill Datasite, Union Bank and Scherzer International.

Company Boilerplate

About Life Flight Network

Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, has 16 helicopters bases, 6 fixed-wing bases, and several ground ambulances throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Life Flight Network has administrative offices in Aurora, Oregon and is owned by a consortium of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Providence Health System-Oregon. The company consistently ranks in the top 15 best large nonprofit employers to work for, according to Oregon Business Magazine. Rotor-wing services are provided by Life Flight Network. Fixed-wing services are provided by Life Flight Network, AvCenter, and Jackson Jet Center. For more information about Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit www.lifeflight.org.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY's Strategic Growth Markets practice

EY's Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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CONTACT: For more information, contact: Justin Dillingham, Chief Customer Officer jdillingham@lifeflight.org 503-678-4364

Source: Life Flight Network

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