Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Rory Leslie Completes Precepting Phase

ASM's Rory Leslie with East Hartford Daisy Scouts

ASM's Rory Leslie with East Hartford Daisy Scouts

MANCHESTER – As of May 23, 2012, ASM’s Rory Leslie has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves.

His preceptors were Paramedic Supervisors Vinnie Maston and Beth Sheils. The full precepting phase can take ten to 12 weeks or more as the paramedic is prepped for the realities of the field. As with all precepting phases at ASM, Rory’s final approval came from ECHN after shadowing Rory and his preceptor (by proxy) in the field as they responded to emergency calls. Continue reading

Meet the Newest Members of the Aetna Team

HARTFORD– On May 23, 2012, two EMTs were added to the Aetna 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.

Alana Royale

Aetna's Alana Royale

Alana Royale:  Full time EMT. I am 22 years old and extremely excited to become a part of the Aetna Ambulance team.  I am looking forward to gaining experience in the field of EMS.  My hope is to one day return to school and become a paramedic.

Currently I work Continue reading

CPR and AED Awareness Week: Heartsaver CPR Training

MANCHESTER — Come join us and our partners on Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. at the Mahoney Recreation Center, 110 Cedar Street, Manchester, CT. for Heartsaver CPR training course.

ASM Ambulance Heartsafe Community CPR AEDLearn CPR for adults and children, the proper use of an Automated External Difibrillator (AED), and choking management on adults and children.

  • Seats are limited so register now!
  • Call the Manchester Health Department at (860) 647-3173.
  • $10.00 registration fee payable at the door ~ cash or check only.
  • Heartsaver Student Workbook available at Mary Cheney and Whiton Libraries.

Sponsored by the Manchester Health Department, Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS, Manchester Fire Department (Eighth Utilities District) – CPR Program, the Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) and ProActive Safety. Continue reading

ASM Wins Governor’s Award for Career EMS Organizations

HARTFORD– Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) has won the “Governor’s Award for Career EMS Services” for 2012. The award is conferred by the Connecticut EMS Council as part of EMS Week (May 20-26), an annual recognition of the dedication and sacrifice of Emergency Medical Services professionals.

Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) Wins 2012 Governor's Award Connecticut

This award was established to recognize and commend an EMS Organization that has enhanced the understanding and support of the EMS System through their public service, community education and contributions to a city, town region or the state as a whole.

Read the Remind News article here…

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Schedule of EMS Week 2012 Events and Activities

EMS Week 2012

Sunday, May 20th 

  • 0700: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
  • 1100-1400: Windham Hospital EMS, Open House and BBQ.
  • 1200-1600: First Responders Appreciation Picnic and Media Day, West Hartford Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford.
  • 1500: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
  • 2300: Hartford Hospital EMS Room: Fresh fruit available.
Monday, May 21st
  • 0800: Morning Coffee and Breakfast Treats at Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospital EMS Rooms.
  • 0800-1400: Hartford Hospital (Conklin Building) 3rd Annual STEMI Conference, Lunch to be served.
  • 1000: CT EMS Council Awards Ceremony, Legislative Office Building Room 1D, space is limited.
  • 1730: Late Afternoon Snack at Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospital EMS Rooms. Continue reading

Kudos from the Cath Lab: Volume 4

ASM Aetna Paramedics operate LifePak 15 cardiac-monitors

MANCHESTER — On May 17, 2012, ASM Paramedic Supervisor Robert O’Neil wirelessly transmitted a 12-lead EKG to Hartford Hospital in order to precipitate a field activation of the cardiac catheterization lab.

The transmission, which flows through a purpose-specific modem stored externally on the LifePak 15 cardiac monitor, draws the attention of the ED physician, interventionalist and cardiologist and most often results in the patient being conveyed from the field directly into the care of the cardiac staff in the cath lab.

This particular patient was in cardiogenic shock as partially manifested by bradycardia.

The following is excerpted from an email from Dr. Marcin Dada, Associate Director of the Chest Pain Center, Hartford Hospital:  Continue reading

ASM Responds: Car Crash in Manchester

Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM)
(Photo Courtesy of Hartford Courant)


MANCHESTER— Three people were taken away by ambulance after an accident on Tolland Turnpike Wednesday afternoon.

The injuries were non-life threatening, police said. Two vehicles had heavy front-end damage. Police traffic Sgt. Hank Minor said speeding and inattentive driving caused the accident. A driver of a third car involved in the accident would be cited, Minor said. Read the full Courant article here… Continue reading

The Ultimate Lifesaver? How Aetna and ASM Ambulance Stack Up – Vol. 3

A recent Wall Street Journal article described cutting edge equipment, techniques and skills in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that are changing patient outcomes, revolutionizing care and sharpening the leading edge of the EMS industry.

Read the Wall Street Journal article here…

So how do Aetna and ASM match up against The Ultimate Lifesaver?

Volume 3: Induced hypothermia

Studies have shown a significant improvement in neurological outcomes for victims of cardiac arrest who receive Continue reading

Beth Sheils and Rory Leslie Present to the Girls Scout Daisy Troop of East Hartford

ASM's Beth Sheils with the East Hartford Daisy Troop

ASM's Beth Sheils with the East Hartford Daisy Troop

EAST HARTFORD — On April 6, 2012, Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) Paramedic Supervisor Beth Sheils and Paramedic Rory Leslie presented the basics of Emergency Medical Services to the Girls Scout Daisy Troop of East Hartford.

The presentation took place at the East Hartford Cultural Center where the girls (and one boy!) saw the ins and outs of the ambulance and learned about first aid, when to use 911 and growing up to be a Paramedic. More pictures below. (All pictures appear with written parent permission).  Continue reading

ASM’s Alpha Five: Volume 2: Prom Promise in Somers

Somers Fire Department and ASM Alpha 5

Somers Fire Department and ASM Alpha 5

SOMERS — On April 27, 2012 ASM’s Alpha Five participated in Somers High School Prom Promise Mock Crash. The following letter from Somers Fire Department was received on May 7th.

I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to thank you for your service’s help with our Prom Promise Mock Crash Continue reading

Aetna’s David Noyes Visits Southington Nursery School

Note: Aetna Ambulance does NOT provide emergency services to Plantsville or the Town of Southington. Always dial 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.

Aetna's David Noyes

Photo courtesy of Planstville Community Nursery School

SOUTHINGTON — Aetna’s David Noyes was featured  under the heading People in the Community of the Southington Citizen – Record Journal.

The accompanying article reads: Children in the morning class at Plantsville Community Nursery School, 109 Church St., Plantsville had a visit from an Emergency Medical Technician, David Noyes, during “people in the community month”. Noyes gave children a tour of the ambulance and told them about what he does to help people who are sick or hurt.

A Thank You Letter for a Cancelled Call?

MANCHESTER — On April 3, 2012 the Ambulance Service of Manchester received the following letter in regards to a 911 call that ended in a refusal of transport and care.

On Sunday April 1, 2012, I had a medical problem that led my wife to call 911. Within a very short time up rolls your ambulance with Mike Panciera and Jeff Rasmussen.

They jumped in Continue reading

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: Aetna’s Ashley Harkins Completes Precepting Phase

Aetna's Ashley Harkins and Hartford Hospital's Mike Zacchera

Aetna's Ashley Harkins and Hartford Hospital's Mike Zacchera

HARTFORD – As of April 26, 2012, Aetna’s Ashley Harkins has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves.

Ashley’s preceptor was Paramedic Preston Ryzak. The full precepting phase can take ten to 12 weeks or more as the paramedic is prepped for the realities of the field. As with all precepting phases at Aetna, Ashley’s final approval came from the Hartford Hospital EMS/Trauma Coordinator who shadowed Ashley and her preceptor in the field as they responded to emergency calls.

On behalf of the Aetna Family, we welcome our newest Paramedic, Ashley Harkins and would like to wish her the best of luck. We are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

ASM Supports the National Kidney Foundation Walk

ASM at the National Kidney Foundation Walk

(L to R): ASM's Kyle Botteron, Kenny the Kidney and ASM's Ray Stovall

MANCHESTER — On April 29, 2012 the Ambulance Service of Manchester  (ASM) provided standby EMS support to the National Kidney Foundation for their annual Foundation Walk.

According to NFK’s Linda Zuboff, “over 800 walkers and volunteers attend the 2012 Connecticut and Western MA Kidney Walk on Sunday, April 29  at the majestic Wickham Park in Manchester.  The event, to date, has raised close to Continue reading