About MFC

Ongoing Commitment to Serve All in Challenging Times

The challenges of the past three months have been a clear reminder that we as a community are stronger when we support each other as one team united in service. The COVID-19 pandemic has required a concerted effort of First Responders, medical providers at hospitals, and other caregivers. Further, it has required the actions of every one of us to ensure we can diminish health concerns, particularly to those most vulnerable, while returning our society back to a safe and sustainable balance. The Mercy Flight Central team is grateful for your support as we have remained at the ready to care for the critically sick and injured.

Recent events have also highlighted the need for us as a community to listen and learn from each other to ensure we can all thrive. Since we began in 1992, Mercy Flight Central has been and remains committed to serving all in need without discrimination. Our core values of integrity and compassion are grounded in mutual respect for one another. We strive to live out those values in the care we provide to patients and their families, the way we treat fellow employees and the manner in which we interact with every person within the community.

May we all be committed to integrity, dignity, and respect for all.

MISSION: An independent, non-profit organization of air medical professionals, devoted to integrity, compassion, and excellence providing critical care to the sick and injured.

Mercy Flight Central was founded as a non-profit in 1992 to provide air medical services to New York State residents and beyond. Since its inception, the organization has served more than 15,000 patients and grown to approximately 70 employees. MFC’s three base locations serve the regions of the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Mohawk Valley, including service to the Lower Adirondacks. The organization began operations as an advanced life support air ambulance service and has since expanded to become New York’s premier critical care air medical service with three helicopters staffed 24/7/365. The aircraft utilized in transports includes helicopters that can travel within a 150-mile radius of Mercy Flight Central’s base locations.

Mercy Flight Central provides the highest level of pre-hospital critical care to patients. Each helicopter is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment that includes advanced airway management, cardiac monitoring, and ultrasonography devices. Our Flight Nurse and Flight Paramedic teams are highly trained and experienced in critical care. Air medical teams care for critically ill and injured patients requiring advanced treatment and rapid air medical transport to specialized medical centers across the northeast. Together these elements allow Mercy Flight Central to deliver a high level of critical care to the scene of an accident or a patient’s bedside.

Board of Directors

We, at Mercy Flight Central, are proud of the members of the community that donate their time as members of the Board. These passionate, dedicated supporters of different business disciplines provide the guidance and vision that make our agency whole. “A mission of the heart” as quoted by one of our board members, “is the reason why I am involved”.

The Board of Directors meet quarterly at 2420 Brickyard Road, Canandaigua, New York, on the third Wednesday at 7:30 am in January, April, July, and October. Annual elections are held in April of each year. Members are required to serve at least 1 year but are not limited to 1 term.

Richard Burke

Richard Burke

Chairman

Principal Burke Group

Marisa Geitner

Marisa Geitner

Vice-Chair

President / CEO Heritage Christian Services

Jeff Bartkoski

Jeff Bartkoski

President / CEO

Mercy Flight Central

Steve Kubiak

Steve Kubiak

Treasurer
Kyle Edkin

Kyle Edkin

Secretary

Director EFP Group

Chris Galton

Chris Galton

Chief Medical Director

General Anesthesiology University of Rochester Medical Center

Kim Allen

Kim Allen

Managing Partner, Communications Dixon Schwabl

Ginny Clark

Ginny Clark

Executive Director Sands Family Foundation

Brett Farrow

Brett Farrow

Attorney Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow

Mark Gestring

Mark Gestring

Director of Adult Trauma Strong Regional Trauma Center University of Rochester Medical Center

Chris Krolak

Chris Krolak

Portfolio Manager APFS Wealth Management

Dustin Riccio

Dustin Riccio

Regional President of Operations Rochester Regional Health System

Mike Stapleton

Mike Stapleton

President/CEO Thompson Health System

Craig Welker

Craig Welker

President, CEO Welker Property Management, Inc.

Leadership Team

The Organizational Team plays a vital role in the administrative and operational management of the company.

Jeff Bartkoski

Jeff Bartkoski

President / CEO
Anita Roberts

Anita Roberts

Vice President
Mary Covley

Mary Covley

Chief Financial Officer
Erin Reese

Erin Reese

Program Director
Jasmine DiSalvo

Jasmine DiSalvo

Sr. Director of Development
Jim Mizerak

Jim Mizerak

Director of Aviation Operations
Dave Alexander

Dave Alexander

Director of Maintenance Operations

Medical Control Volunteers

Mercy Flight Central has a team of dedicated Medical Control Physicians who volunteer their time to support air medical personnel during their missions. They are available with every flight taken and rotate their specialty on call to us round the clock.

Chris Galton, MD

Chris Galton, MD

Chief Medical Director

Assistant Professor / Anesthesiology & Emergency Medicine / University of Rochester Medical Center

Mark Gestring, MD

Mark Gestring, MD

Assoc. Chief Medical Director

Professor of Surgery / Director of Adult Trauma Care / University of Rochester Medical Center

Chuck Cavallaro, DO

Chuck Cavallaro, DO

Emergency Medicine / Rochester Regional Health

Jeremy Cushman, MD

Jeremy Cushman, MD

Associate Professor / Emergency Medicine / University of Rochester Medical Center

John Rubin, DO

John Rubin, DO

Emergency Medicine / St. Elizabeth Medical Center

Jamie Syrett, MD

Jamie Syrett, MD

Emergency Medicine / Oswego Health

Christopher G. Zammit, MD

Christopher G. Zammit, MD

Assistant Professor / Emergency & Neurocritical Care / University of Rochester Medical Center

Jack Davidoff, MD

Jack Davidoff, MD

Emeritus

Chief Medical Director, Emeritus / Emergency Medicine / Finger Lakes Health

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