Potential Life Threatening Wind Chills & Near Record Cold Temps This Weekend

MaxWindGustMphOccasionally we will share severe weather information consequential to public health, public safety and EMS response.

An arctic air mass will overspread the region Saturday afternoon into Sunday with potential life threatening wind chills and near record cold temperatures. Now is the time to take action and review the preparedness tips below.

Timing: The core of the cold air arrives Saturday afternoon and settles over the region Saturday night into Sunday. Impacts … this is a potentially life threatening cold air mass for residents of MA, RI & CT Saturday afternoon into Sunday with wind chills 15 to 25 below zero and potentially 30 below zero across the interior. In addition, actual air temperatures will approach record low values Saturday night.

Hypothermia  FrostbiteMarine Impacts: Heavy Freezing Spray Saturday afternoon into Sunday may result in dangerous conditions for any vessel in the near shore waters of MA & RI. The threat of heavy freezing spray will lessen with increasing distance from the coastline as water temperatures are warmer offshore.

Potential Snowfall Friday Evening & Overnight: ahead of the Arctic front a brief period of moderate to heavy snow is possible across Cape Cod, Nantucket & Marthas Vineyard. Snow accumulations of 1-3″ are possible. Elsewhere, only a period of light snow or flurries are expected.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: Aetna Hires Four – 2016

HARTFORD — On February 10, 2016 two EMTs and two Paramedics were added to the ASM team. As part of our continued growth Aetna and ASM seek out only the best candidates. We look for employees who are focused on high-quality patient care, are team oriented and conduct themselves in a professional manner. During the orientation, employees learn about company philosophy and goals, quality assurance, and policies and procedures.

Brigid Cox:   FULL TIME, EMT.  My name is Brigid Cox, I am 22 years old, and I am from South Windsor. I graduated in May from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.  I earned my B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology. I have always wanted to work in the medical field. Within the last couple of years I finally decided that I wanted to be a Physician’s Assistant.  I am interested in emergency medicine, making EMS a perfect way for me to work towards my career goals. I like spending my free time outdoors; hiking, camping, or swimming and I would really like to start rock climbing.  I also love traveling and trying new things, especially different foods. I am really excited to be starting my first job in the medical field and to finally be able to help out my community.

Kyle Durand:     FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Kyle Durand, I am 22 years old and I am from Bristol, CT. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiology & Neurobiology. After graduation I enrolled in an EMT program in South Windsor and obtained my license in October of 2015. I originally attended UConn with the goal of graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in acting, as my career goal at the time was filmmaking. While filmmaking is still a very passionate hobby of mine, my interests shifted to the medical field my first semester after I attended a Neurobiology lecture. Since then I have been enamored with the medical field, having worked for the St. Francis Radiology Department, volunteering for Americorps in Willimantic, and helping research genomic markers for familial disorders and diseases. In my spare time I like to play football, rock climb, go hiking, learn a new language and travel as much as possible. I could not be happier to work for Aetna as an EMT and help make a difference in the community I live in. The experience I gain working for Aetna Ambulance will be an invaluable asset to my future career goals and myself. I’m very excited to be a part of the Aetna Ambulance team and all of the new opportunities that lie ahead.

Dan Hope:    FULL TIME, Paramedic. My name is Dan Hope and I am 28 years old. As a recent graduate of the Capital Community College Paramedic Program. I am excited to join the team of EMTs and Paramedics at Aetna Ambulance. As a resident of Monson, Massachusetts, I have worked full and part time as an EMT-Basic for both private ambulance and municipal Fire Department services. After working mostly service-based jobs since high school, I have discovered a true passion for EMS since 2013 and have dedicated much of my time to improving my skills and knowledge base as a field provider. In my spare time, I am an avid hiker and enjoy traveling. I look forward to beginning my career in paramedicine with Aetna Ambulance.   

Amanda Kneipfer:    FULL TIME, Paramedic. My name is Amanda Kneipfer and I am 23 years old, originally from Wallingford, CT. I graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in 2014 with a degree in Child Development and a minor in Psychology. While in college, I studied abroad for a semester in Madrid and travelled to four other countries during my time there. I love to travel and have been to nine different countries to date. I originally thought that I wanted to go to grad school to become a Social Worker, but quickly found a passion for EMS after taking my EMT course. I have been volunteering for Wethersfield Ambulance for a little over a year, and just completed the paramedic program through New Britain EMS Academy. I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Aetna team and can’t wait to meet and work with everyone!

Kudos from the Cath Lab: Volume 17

Aetna Paramedic receives Kudos from the Cath LabROCKY HILL — During early February 2016, Aetna Paramedic Ryan Gonska and his partner Logan Royale responded to a medical call in Rocky Hill. The EKG was indicative of a STEMI and Ryan wirelessly transmitted the 12-lead EKG to Saint Francis Hospital, activating their cardiac catherization lab from the field. (#16-8644).

Rapid identification, treatment, and early notification (STEMI ALERT) is vital in the care of patients with cardiac emergencies such as ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction.  We hope the attached information is useful in the design and monitoring of your treatment strategies.     — Saint Francis Hospital staff

SFH Cath Lab Patient Follow-Up Form

Treatment by EMS and Direct to SFH ED

EMS Agency: Aetna Ambulance

Indication: STEMI

First Medical Contact (FMC) (at pt side)                             16:13    elapse: 00:00

EMS 12 Lead Acquisition Time:                                           16:17          elapse: 00:04

EMS STEMI Alert Request Time (source: cmed):                16:37          elapse: 00:20

EMS 12 Lead Transmit Rec’d Time (source: Lifenet):        16:19          elapse: 00:02

Arrival Time (SFHED):                                                          16:51          elapse: 00:14

Cath Lab Arrival Time (SFH):                                              17:13          elapse: 00:22

Procedure Start Time:                                                        17:28          elapse: 00:15

Vessel Angiography Findings / Treatment: 3V Dz; Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Consult.

Comments: Patient went MD office due to prolonged chest pain and shortness of breath; APRN performed EKG and administered Aspirin; No first medical contact time, so EMS times utilized- EMS dispatched 16:05 on scene 16:10. Transport 16:31. EMS performed 12-lead; STEMI Center activation at 16:37. Cath lab notified prior to arrival of patient. Patient required emergent coronary artery bypass graft instead of stents.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: ASM Hires Six – 2016

MANCHESTER — On February 3, 2016 five EMTs and one Paramedic were added to the ASM team. As part of our continued growth Aetna and ASM seek out only the best candidates. We look for employees who are focused on high-quality patient care, are team oriented and conduct themselves in a professional manner. During the orientation, employees learn about company philosophy and goals, quality assurance, and policies and procedures.

Justin Craig:    FULL TIME EMT. My name is Justin and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  Soon after graduating I started pursuing my EMT certification. I applied at ASM because I had my ride a long there and really enjoyed my experience. I was recently accepted as a Volunteer Fire Fighter in South Meriden and plan on getting my Firefighter-I certification in the near future. I am really big into the outdoors; love to go fishing and camping all around New England. I have two dogs Cody and Bear, which I go on hikes with. I am looking forward to starting my career at ASM and getting started in the EMS field.

Kaylyn Fuller:    FULL TIME, EMT. Hi, my name is Kaylyn Fuller.  I am 23 years old and live in South Windsor.  I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Biology in May of 2015.   Eventually, I would like to go to school for Physician’s Assistant.  During my time shadowing doctors and PA’s in preparation for PA school, I was able to spend time in the Harlem, New York Emergency Department.  I fell in love with emergency medicine and decided that this was how I wanted to spend my time before PA school.  I felt that emergency medicine gave the most immediate gratification by giving the greatest help in the shortest amount of time.  For me, being an EMT is the best way to combine my love for medicine, science and being around people.  I have worked in the restaurant business since I was 16.  Most recently, I left to start EMT work from bartending and restaurant management.  Though I enjoyed being around people in food service, I really wanted to be in the medical field and be hands-on in pre-hospital care.  I am so excited to finally be in the field I love, practice emergency medicine and gain as much experience as possible.

Michael Karanda:   FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Michael Karanda. I am 25 years old originally from Glastonbury, CT. I graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2013 with my bachelors degree in Criminology and a Minor in Psychology. I  first became an EMT in 2013 through Bristol Hospital. I recently attended Capital Community College to become a Paramedic. During my spare time I volunteer for the Glastonbury and Hebron Fire Departments. I also enjoy spending time with family and my three Bull Terriers. Emergency Medical Services is a field in which I truly enjoy. I am thankful for the opportunity and I look forward to working with ASM and with the communities in which they serve.

Elizabeth Miller:   FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Liz Miller and I am 22 years old. I recently graduated with a B.S. in Allied Health Sciences from University of Connecticut. For the past nine months I have been working as a private patient care assistant in Storrs. I am thrilled to become a part of ASM and to be working as a full-time EMT. During the summer I volunteer for a week at Camp Amerikids, recently renamed The Elm Project, which is a summer camp for children who are affected by HIV/AIDS or Sickle Cell Disease. In my free time I enjoy swimming, hiking, and surfing. I love traveling; I lived in Scotland for my Junior year in college which gave me the opportunity to visit a few different countries in Europe. I have a deep love for SmartWool socks and I also enjoy eating Nilla Wafers in my pajamas, building miniature snowmen when it only snows two inches, and dodging jellyfish when I go swimming in the ocean.

Meghan Pierce:   FULL TIME EMT.  Hi, my name is Meghan Pierce I’m 31 years old.  I’m a CT native currently residing in Coventry; however, I previously resided in Kentucky where I obtained my BS in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University. I went to SOLO Wilderness Medical School in New Hampshire and received a Wilderness EMT certification. I was able to obtain a job with North Conway Ambulance and have enjoyed working in the EMS field.  I also have a Firefighter-I certification and while I’ve enjoyed structural firefighting, my favorite is the Wildland  firefighting aspect.  In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and fishing.  I’m looking forward to joining and contributing to the ASM Team.

David Thiery Jr:   FULL TIME, PARAMEDIC. Greetings! My name is David Thiery Jr and I am 26 years old. I hail from northwestern,CT and currently live in Waterbury,CT with my lovely fiancée. I just recently attended Yale New Haven Sponsor Hospital’s critical care transport program, and I have received the designation of FP-C (Flight paramedic certified) from the Board of Critical Care Transport Paramedic certification. I graduated from Bridgeport Hospital Emergency Medical Institute’s Paramedic program in 2014. My goal is to further my career in critical care medicine, I will be pursuing my RN to obtain my flight nurse, and I have been considering a masters degree in cardiovascular perfusion. In my spare time, I volunteer with New Hartford Ambulance and I am a per diem Paramedic with Stamford EMS. I also enjoy being an amateur musician. I am very excited to be joining the ASM team and look forward to working for a progressive company.

Praise for Aetna’s Eric Thepsiri and Donna Achilli

In an email from late January 2016:

Eric Thepsiri

Eric Thepsiri

“Just before we got onto the highway, mom was in such distress that we decided to pull over and call 911 so that an ambulance could transfer her and treat her along the way. A few minutes later, mom was in the ambulance, shaking from extreme chills, extreme lower back/hip and leg pain, and nausea.

Donna Achilli

Donna Achilli

The terrific professional ambulance paramedic named Eric and his associate EMT Donna, (who drove the ambulance) reassured mom, while Eric checked her vitals (including blood pressure which was good) and gave her a dose of Fentanyl (a fast-acting pain killer) that immediately brought her some relief.  He also wrapped her in blankets which helped her to warm up quickly. Meanwhile, I rode in the back of the ambulance with mom and shared info on her meds and background on the infusion treatment with Eric.

The ambulance crew was so professional and amazing — both in their treatment of mom and their compassion and emotional support for all of us. Please thank the crew for us.”

Note: Run #16-6852, certain information redacted for privacy.

Words That Describe Us: Volume 72

Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. - Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC.MANCHESTER and HARTFORD — Aetna Ambulance and ASM send Patient and Customer Satisfaction Surveys to a random sampling of patients who have received emergency or STAT inter-facility services from our companies.

The final part of the survey asks that the respondent, “Please use a word or phrase to describe us and/or the ambulance crew.”

Some of the answers/responses included:

  • Excellent care was given!
  • Very highly skilled. (15-91275; R. O’Neil, T. Luetjen).
  • Excellent.
  • Outstanding!!
  • Your ambulance crews are above reproach. There are not enough words to praise them! Excellent is the best I can say! (15-89364; R. Balkun, D. Rice).
  • We cannot fully express our gratitude to you both for the wonderful care you provided to [Patient] in Ellington on [date]. We fully realize that your competent and professional actions helped save his life. On behalf of ourselves, as well as our children and grandchildren, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for making our holidays especially meaningful this year. (15-87177; shared directly with ASM medic crew with Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps).
  • Very professional and timely.
  • Comforting, Compassionate, Courteous. (15-92498; R. McConville, H. DiGirolamo).
  • Fantastic.
  • The two members of the crew were phenomenal with my mother and I. They were compassionate, caring, yet focused and professional. My mother was treated so well, considering she was so nervous and worried. They let me go with them in the ambulance and talked to me about her issues, explained everything and continued to do so once inside the ER. True professionals yet their care and concern was above board for myself also. Wonderful team. Sadly, my mom passed away in the hospital…I know she would have wanted to thank them both personally for their care that night. (15-88514; J. Pasquale, K. Mathiau).
  • Job well done.
  • Efficient + caring.
  • Very professional + the best.
  • Very professional.
  • Excellent
  • L and R were the EMTs for my mother when she went to the hospital and Doctor for medical visits. They were excellent and gave my mother very good treatment. They were very professional and helpful to me and my mother. Thank you for employing such good EMTs. (16-685, L. Cashman, R. Houser).

External Winter Storm Update from DESPP: January 2016

DESPP Facts and Figures Jan 2016 StormOccasionally we will share severe weather information consequential to public health, public safety and EMS response.

SOURCE: CT DESPP-EMHS

Click here for full DESPP Report and Map: DESPP External Winter Storm Update 1-22-16 at 115 PM

WINTER STORM WATCHES ISSUED FOR SOUTHERN CT…

LATEST COMPUTER MODELS TRENDING A LITTLE NORTH AGAIN WITH A VERY SHARP NORTHERN EDGE TO THE SNOWFALL OVER CONNECTICUT…

The last model runs of the GFS, NAM and EURO model forecasts are in good agreement on the track however they are still not in good agreement on the amount of snowfall for Connecticut.  The NAM has more than twice the snowfall of either the EURO or GFS.  All three models are still showing a very narrow snowfall cutoff across Connecticut meaning that any slight change in the track will result in a very significant change in snowfall. 

The following forecast is based on a blend of all three models:  Light snow is forecast to spread from south to north across the state tomorrow morning between 6:00 – 10:00 AM.  The snow is forecast light to moderate in northern CT and moderate to heavy at times along the coast by late Saturday afternoon.  The snow is forecast to continue Saturday evening and begin tapering down around midnight.  The snow is forecast to end before dawn on Sunday.  The snow is forecast to be fairly dry and powdery.  The snow will be accompanied by strong Northeast winds gusting to 35 – 45 MPH at times.  Cold temperatures in the upper 20’s are also expected. 

Total snowfall predictions at this time range from 2” – 3” in northern CT, 3” – 6” in central CT and 6” – 10” along the coast.  Note: Very heavy snow with blizzard conditions are expected just to our south over Long Island and New York City.

Current Forecasted Impacts:

Travel Impact:   Saturday AM                  Saturday PM                 Sunday AM                   

                                 Minor                              Moderate                       Minor

Coastal Flooding:   Saturday AM                  Saturday PM                 Sunday AM

                                  Minor                              Moderate                       Minor

Overall Impact:   Minor to Moderate

Forecast Confidence:   Good Confidence for Track / Fair Confidence for Snowfall

 

I’m always in good hands…

Thank You CardFrom a thank you card received at ASM in December 2015. From a 15 year old patient in South Windsor:

To all of the ASM Paramedics:

You guys have been to my aid many times. My dogs have scared you. My little brother called once. I’m eternally grateful for everything you all have done for me and my family.

Asthma isn’t fun and I was actually just released from the hospital today…

But it’s nice to know I’m always in good hands. Let’s hope I don’t see you guys any time soon!

Signed with a heart by the patient. 

Words That Describe Us: Volume 71

Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. - Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC.MANCHESTER and HARTFORD — Aetna Ambulance and ASM send Patient and Customer Satisfaction Surveys to a random sampling of patients who have received emergency or STAT inter-facility services from our companies.

The final part of the survey asks that the respondent, “Please use a word or phrase to describe us and/or the ambulance crew.”

Some of the answers/responses included:

  • Ambulance crew arrived in a timely manner & were very professional.
  • Caring.
  • Outstanding EMTs/Paramedics. (R and T). R should be a doctor. I received excellent care, better than at that of the hospital staff. My problem was just about resolved before we arrived at the hospital. (15-54573; R. Gonska, T. Halligan).
  • The two gentlemen were very kind and courteous.
  • The people that came to take care of my husband were fabulous. They took care of him right away and knew what was wrong and kept me informed of his condition. All the way to the hospital and even before they left the hospital they still came and told me what to expect at the hospital. I had to send them off with lots of hugs and many thank you’s. They saved my husband’s life. They are angels sent from God. (15-87782; T. Wain, J. Barletta).
  • Great service – No complaints.
  • Calming.
  • A safe and reassuring trip – thank you!
  • Good service!
  • I was very satisfied with the service I received. The paramedics were very caring and put me at ease. Their assistance was very much appreciated. They are excellent at what they do. (15-85909; M. Traber, K. King).
  • Professional + kind.
  • Thank you.
  • Professional.
  • Very kind, helpful and very concerned + professional. Nice people.
  • Caring professionals.
  • Excellent crew.
  • They were wonderful. Ambulance was here so fast. Very professional. (15-83949; S. Lowe with Rocky Hill Volunteer Ambulance).
  • M and T were wonderful. They were kind and so professional handling my 79 year old mother. (15-87245; M. Tuttle, T. George).
  • EMT-P was great ! (15-90872; W. Schnepp).
  • Comforting.
  • Excellent. Would strongly recommend ambulance service to anyone and everyone. (15-91733; R. O’Neil, J. Bush).

Kudos from the Cath Lab: Volume 16

Aetna Paramedic receives Kudos from the Cath LabSTAFFORD SPRINGS — During January 2016, ASM Paramedic David White and his partner Ray Philbrick responded to a medical call in Stafford with Stafford Ambulance. The EKG was indicative of a STEMI and Dave wirelessly transmitted the 12-lead EKG to Saint Francis Hospital, activating their cardiac catherization lab from the field. (#16-0017.

“Here is the full feedback report. Great job!!” – John Quinlavin, Manager, Emergency Medical Service, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

SFH Cath Lab Patient Follow-Up Form Treatment by EMS and Direct to SFH ED

EMS Agency: Ambulance Service of Manchester & Stafford Ambulance

Indication: STEMI

First Medical Contact (FMC) (at pt side) Date/Time: 1/1/2016 01:00          elapse:  00:00

EMS 12 Lead Acquisition Time:                                           01:02          elapse: 00:02

EMS STEMI Alert Request Time (source: cmed):                01:19          elapse: 00:17

EMS 12 Lead Transmit Rec’d Time (source: Lifenet):          01:19          elapse: 00:17

Arrival Time (SFHED):                                                         01:41          elapse: 00:22

Cath Lab Arrival Time (SFH):                                              02:03          elapse: 00:22

Procedure Start Time:                                                          02:20          elapse: 00:17

First Device Time:                                                                02:46          elapse: 00:26

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SFHED Door to First Device:                                                65 min

FMC to First Device:                                                              106 min

Vessel Angiography Findings / Treatment: 100% SVG-RCA lesion open not stented.

Comments: Onset chest pain 00:00. Once patient on EMS stretcher Asystole, went to start CPR, patient responsive prior to any compressions.  This occurred again during transport.  STEMI team paged prior to arrival at 0122.

Words That Describe Us: Volume 70

Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. - Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC.MANCHESTER and HARTFORD — Aetna Ambulance and ASM send Patient and Customer Satisfaction Surveys to a random sampling of patients who have received emergency or STAT inter-facility services from our companies.

The final part of the survey asks that the respondent, “Please use a word or phrase to describe us and/or the ambulance crew.”

Some of the answers/responses included:

  • They were there when I need the help.
  • Skilled, professional, sensitive and personable. J (15-73140; M. Tuttle, T. George).
  • Very compassionate.
  • November 17 my husband (Ret. Fire Chief) experienced a near syncope incident. Our son (Lieut.- area Fire Dept.) was present and called 911. The ambulance arrived promptly, with several responders, and transported him to Manchester Memorial Hospital. They were courteous, respectful, thorough, patient and professional. It is a comfort to be assured that when health issues do present themselves we are in good hands with Ambulance Service of Manchester. Thank you. (15-85885; M. Traber, K. King with Manchester Fire Rescue EMS).
  • The crew were very good at their jobs. I felt very well care for + made me feel very comfortable. Thank you! (15-70012; T. Webster, R. Turkington).
  • Professional and caring.
  • Kind
  • Prompt, efficient, caring. Excellent [report] in the emergency room giving them the background. (15-85548; R. Leslie, T. Luetjen).
  • Compassionate. Worked hard – save my life – I am very grateful. Thanks to all! (15-87758; G. Kendall, R. McDonald).
  • Professional x 2.
  • The EMT staff understood my reasons of hospital choice.
  • Prompt & caring.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable – caring.
  • Very professional. We are all very grateful. Thank you.
  • Great crew! Very knowledgeable and cared about my daughter’s safety. (15-75521; R. Bilodeau, R. Anderson).
  • Excellent. No further comment is needed. Professional + efficient. (15-86718; J. Rassmussen, R. Fraley).
  • Very polite + professional.
  • The people who took me to the hospital were very nice.
  • Professional and caring.
  • Extremely kind.

ASM’s Josh Traber Receives a Thank You Visit

Traber's Visitors AMANCHESTER — On December 28, 2015 ASM Paramedic Josh Traber was visited by a family who wanted to thank them for caring for their three year old son Wesley. In June of 2015 Wesley had an allergic reaction to peanuts in South Windsor and was treated by Josh. Since that time he has asked each time he has seen an ambulance whether each one was “his ambulance”.

Wesley’s mom brought cookies and Josh gave Wesley and his older brother a tour of the ambulance. She said via email after their brief reunion, “Josh was wonderful to us that day.  He made me feel calm and at ease, and I am grateful for that.  The job you all do is really a gift, and you touch so many lives on a daily basis it takes a special person to do what you do.”

*Pictures and details appear with express permission.

Praise for ASM’s Russell Jones and Andrew Wysocki

From an email received in December 2015:

CCMC Toy Drive

ASM’s Russell Jones

On Wednesday we received an admission from the emergency room at [hospital].  The ambulance transport provider was ASM.

Upon arrival to the unit the EMTs from ASM as always were both professional and friendly.  They have always taken part in the “welcoming” portion of our admissions process and their friendliness has been noted in our patient satisfaction surveys as well.

In addition, they have always been very observant and informative of the condition of the patient from the time they pick up the patient and throughout the transport.  In this particular instance, the EMTs were extremely informative and attentive to information and observations of the patient in the ED and shared an abundance of information for us to continue in the patient’s care and most especially to address the patients immediate respiratory needs.

Andrew Wysocki

ASM’s Andrew Wysocki

The EMT gave a peer to peer report that was impeccably professional and quite informative and extraordinarily impressive to myself, the charge nurse and also caught the attention of the nursing supervisor and our Medical Director. After the crew left the Medical Director stated that he had never heard that thorough of a report given to a receiving institution regarding a patient.  He stated, “we need more health care professionals like that”.

Mansfield Center for NursingThank you again to all the staff at ASM for the continuing professional and excellent service provided to MCNR.  We truly appreciate all of you!

Regards,

Clinical Care Coordinator

Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: Aetna’s Joshua Pearson Completes Precepting Phase

Matt Campbell (L) and Joshua Pearson.

Matt Campbell (L) and Joshua Pearson.

HARTFORD –  As of December 19, 2015, Aetna’s Joshua Pearson has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves.

Josh started at Aetna in April of 2013 and graduated from the Paramedic Studies Program at Capital Community College. His preceptor was Paramedic and Field Supervisor Matt Campbell. The full precepting phase can take ten to 12 weeks or more as the paramedic is prepped for the realities of the field. Josh served in the United States Navy for four years.

As with all precepting phases at Aetna, Josh’s final approval came from Hartford Hospital after shadowing him and his preceptor in the field as they responded to emergency calls.

On behalf of the Aetna Family, we would like to wish Josh the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

CT Children’s and State Police Toy Drive in Pictures – 2015

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