We staff three helicopters, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each helicopter crew consists of a Pilot, Paramedic and Nurse. These aviation and medical professionals are supported by a dedicated team on the ground as well.
All Mercy Flight Pilots are highly skilled and have excellent safety records. Most have served for many years in the US military. We look for new pilots to have at least 2500 hours of in-aircraft flight experience, including at least 100 hours at night. They should have a valid US license and be instrument rated.
In additional to first-rate pilots, our medical crew members are also top-notch. Our Flight Paramedics have at least two years of high volume, critical care EMS experience. We also encourage our paramedics to complete the 80-hour Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Specialist (CCEMT-P) course developed by the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. This program is designed to teach experienced paramedics how to provide ICU-level medical care to patients while in flight. Our Flight Nurses come to us with more than 2 years of critical care experience in an Emergency Room (ER), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or other critical care field. Both paramedics and nurses are required to maintain current credentials in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP). They operate under a strict set of medical protocols and are required to meet continuing medical education requirements.
The mission of Mercy Flight wouldn't be a reality without the dedication of our medical directors. These physicians are ready, around the clock, to take the call when necessary. Thank you: Anthony J. Billittier IV - M.D., Kathleen A. Lillis - M.D., and Joshua J. Lynch, DO, EMT-P.
There is one more group of individuals who have played a crucial role in the success of Mercy Flight. We can't say enough about our Volunteer Board of Directors: Robert A. Milch M.D. - Chairperson, Eileen Kelchlin - Vice Chairperson, Douglas H. Baker - President, Margaret A. Ferrentino - Executive Vice-President/CFO, James M. Hassett, M.D. - Vice President Medical Affairs, Thomas P. Calpin, Timothy M. Clark, Rev. John R. Gaglione, Christopher D. Ross, Sister Mary Ann Schimscheiner R.S.M., Mark C. Schoell, Gregory W. Skibitsky, Kevin G. Von Vreckin, Sister Sheila Marie Walsh R.S.M. and Tim Yaeger.
This select group of individuals donate their time and expertise in order to provide direction to our fundraising efforts: Christopher D. Ross - Chairman, Cash Cunningham, James Dentinger, Marguerite Hambleton, Todd Levin, Eric Lipke, Neil Lipke, Louis Magnano, Jr., Jim Newman, Gregory Stamm, Ellen Chiazza, Douglas H. Baker, Margaret A. Ferrentino, Rev. John R. Gaglione, Eileen Kelchlin and Sister Sheila Marie Walsh, RSM.
It is Mercy Flight's objective to:
1. Recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, veteran, or marital status.
2. Abide by the equal employment opportunity requirements of the federal and state governments.
3. Administer all personnel actions, including but not limited to: compensation, promotions, benefits, training, and education without regard to gender, race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, veteran, or marital status.