2012-03-29 / Local News

Mercy Flight WNY reaches milestone

Mercy Flight Western New York safely completed its 20,000th patient mission on Friday.

Responding to a call for help in Genesee County, Mercy Flight 5 and its crew transported a patient to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for specialized emergency medical care.

“When I started Mercy Flight back in 1981, I never dreamed that we could help so many people,” said Douglas H. Baker, Mercy Flight’s founding president.

“I’m extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish during the last 30 years as a not-for-profit organization. We never could have reached this milestone without the assistance and support of our local volunteer firefighters, hospital and law enforcement partners and the communities we serve.”

Last year, Mercy Flight forgave more than $700,000 in care provided to uninsured or underinsured patients — an average of $842 per flight. Mercy Flight recently introduced its “Sponsor a Mission” program, which enables organizations or individuals to sponsor a mission for a tax-deductible donation of $842. Additional information about sponsoring a mission is available at www.mercyflight.org or by calling 626-4100.

Mercy Flight Western New York is an independent, not-for-profit provider of emergency air medical transport throughout Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Established in 1981, Mercy Flight has safely flown 20,000 patient missions during the last 30 years. It has three bases of operation, in Buffalo, Batavia and Olean, and is ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For additional information, visit www.mercyflight.org.

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