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.
Principal Burke Group
President / CEO Heritage Christian Services
Brett Farrow, Esq., MBASecretary
Chris GaltonChief Medical Director
General Anesthesiology University of Rochester Medical Center
Managing Partner, Communications Dixon Schwabl
Executive Director Sands Family Foundation
Kevin Hill, CPA
Director of Adult Trauma Strong Regional Trauma Center University of Rochester Medical Center
Regional President of Operations Rochester Regional Health System
President/CEO Thompson Health System
President, CEO Welker Property Management, Inc.
Erin ReesePresident / CEO
Anita RobertsVice President
Mary CovleyChief Financial Officer
Scott ArmstrongDirector of Aviation Operations
Dave AlexanderDirector of Maintenance Operations
Chris Galton, MDChief Medical Director
Assistant Professor / Anesthesiology & Emergency Medicine / University of Rochester Medical Center
Mark Gestring, MDAssoc. Chief Medical Director
Professor of Surgery / Director of Adult Trauma Care / University of Rochester Medical Center
Chuck Cavallaro, DO
Emergency Medicine / Rochester Regional Health
Jeremy Cushman, MD
Associate Professor / Emergency Medicine / University of Rochester Medical Center
John Rubin, DO
Emergency Medicine / St. Elizabeth Medical Center
Jamie Syrett, MD
Emergency Medicine / Oswego Health
Christopher G. Zammit, MD
Assistant Professor / Emergency & Neurocritical Care / University of Rochester Medical Center
Jack Davidoff, MDEmeritus
Chief Medical Director, Emeritus / Emergency Medicine / Finger Lakes Health
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