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Mercy Flight and ConnectLife to launch new blood program

Updated: Jan 3, 2023



Sarah Diina (ConnectLife) 716.400.7249 /

Elaine Duquette (Mercy Flight) 716.364.5590 /


Mercy Flight and ConnectLife launch new blood program

Beginning this summer, Mercy Flight will begin to carry type O whole blood on all flights. The blood, supplied by ConnectLife, will be used for patients who have suffered severe blood loss through trauma or illness and require aggressive fluid resuscitation.

WHAT: Press conference to announce the launch of a blood program with Mercy Flight and ConnectLife

WHEN: Tuesday, July 26th at 10:30am

WHERE: Mercy Flight Buffalo Base at 100 Amherst Villa Road, 14225

WHO: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Ranking Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Health; Dr. Michael O’Brien, Mercy Flight Associate System Medical Director; Dr. Sam Cloud, ECMC Associate Medical Director; Kevin Gramlich, ConnectLife Chief Operating Officer.

WHY: In December 2021a bill co-sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan was passed allowing air ambulances to transfuse blood, giving personnel greater opportunity to save lives. New York was the last state to allow for this. It is estimated that 1/3 or more of patients in air ambulances need blood, but until now were forced to wait until reaching a hospital to receive it.

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ConnectLife helps people help others. As a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization and community blood bank, we save and enhance lives through organ, eye, tissue and blood donations. For more information, call 716.529.4300 or visit

Mercy Flight Inc., d/b/a Mercy Flight of Western New York and Mercy EMS, is an independent,

nonprofit provider of medical transport services. It began in 1981 as the first medically dedicated air ambulance service in New York State. Today, the organization operates four helicopter bases in Buffalo (headquarters), Olean, Springville, and Batavia. Mercy Flight’s ground ambulance division, Mercy Flight EMS, provides service for Genesee County, Niagara County, and the Town of Concord and Village of Springville. Together, the organization’s employees, now over 200 strong, support the mission of being

“A BEACON OF HOPE…WHEN MINUTES MATTER”. For more information, call 716.626.4100 or visit

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