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Highlights from the October Edition of Critical Care News!

Message from Director of Development

It is my pleasure to serve as the Director of Development at Mercy Flight Central. After being in this position for a year now, I can share with you that I am still learning about helicopters—how incredibly expensive they are to operate but how important they are in saving a person’s life who needs to get to a hospital fast. Read more...

Direct Mail Change Causes Concern with Donors

Change is a good thing, right? Sometimes painful… but a positive step for the future. We hope you think that because we have been trying some new ways to give you an opportunity to support Mercy Flight Central. We contracted with an outside company to provide you with some gifts. Some of you have said that you like the return address labels. Others don’t want us to spend your donation on these types of things. We did include these costs into our fundraising budget for 2015. We have also heard you say that you “only give once a year to us so don’t ask more than that.” We understand but we wanted you to be able to receive the gifts as a small thank you from us for your past support. Read more...

Staff Member Highlight: Jeff Bartkoski, President / CEO

Jeff was appointed President and CEO of Mercy Flight Central on June 2, 2014. The month before, he retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain after 30 years of active duty commissioned service. Read more...

What a Great Year in Fundraising!

We have had a great year in fundraising events. Big to small, each event is a priceless gift in the support of our mission. Learn more about these events and how they made a difference...

Taste for the Race - 23rd Annual Mercy Flight Central Golf Tournament - Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby - Bristol Mountain Sip-n-Ski Winemaker's Dinner, Alex and Ani Charmed by Charity.

Giving to Mercy Flight Central

There are a number of ways to support the mission of Mercy Flight Central. No matter how much you give or how you do it, you can be confident that every contribution will make a real difference in keeping us at the cutting edge of in-flight care. Learn more about ways you can give.

Volunteers Are an Extension of Our Life Saving Mission

At Mercy Flight Central the value that volunteers bring to our company is priceless. Each year between twenty and thirty fundraising events are planned and hosted by organizations and individuals for the purpose of benefiting MFC. Learn more about how volunteers make a difference at MFC.

Night Vision Goggle Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Night Vision Goggle (NVG) campaign. We raised $240,000 for purchasing, training, installation and maintenance of NVGs. Learn more about how we are using NVGs...

Host a Fundraiser

Fundraising through special events is a great way to support the mission of Mercy Flight Central. No matter how small or how large the proceeds of an event, it all makes a difference. Learn more...

About Mercy Flight Central

Mercy Flight Central was founded as a non-profit in 1992 to provide air medical services to residents of New York State and beyond. Since inception, the organization has served more than 13,000 patients and grown to approximately 50 employees. This includes bases of operations in the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions. 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. 

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 ventilators, monitors and ultrasonography devices. Nurse/paramedic teams are highly trained and are knowledgeable in critical care patient management and advanced medical pharmacopeia. Air medical teams care for critically ill and injured patients requiring advanced treatment and rapid air transport to specialized medical centers across the northeast. Volunteer medical control physicians are on call for medical direction at a moment’s notice. All of these elements together deliver to the scene of an accident a level of care that can be compared to that of a hospital’s emergency department.

The aircraft utilized in transports includes helicopters that can travel within a 150- mile radius of Mercy Flight Centrals’ base locations.


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