ASM Featured in News Article

MANCHESTER- In another joint effort with Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS, Ambulance Service of Manchester has teamed up with the Board of Education to coordinate a free EMT class at the high school. ASM Education Supervisor, Melissa Osborne acts as the lead instructor with assistance from FD personnel. Following successful completion of the program, students involved will be eligible for certification at the EMT-Basic level. As part of the course syllabus, Melissa has organized a visit to Ambulance Service of Manchester’s Headquarters. There, the students will put their classroom knowledge to the test by utilizing ASM’s state of the art training facility. To read more about the MHS EMT Pilot Program, click here for a recent article by Journal Inquirer Reporter Emily Brindley.

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In addition to the pilot, ASM partnered with Manchester High School’s Allied Health Program in 2017, providing 20+ students with “ride-along” shadowing opportunities. This program is on-going and provides all MHS students, even those not formally enrolled in an EMT program a chance to gain real world EMS experience.

Upcoming Charity Events

Team ASM-AETNA will be participating in two large charity events in the coming months. The first, an American Red Cross Blood Drive, will be hosted at Ambulance Service of Manchester’s headquarters on New State Road on Wednesday May 1st, 2019. Employees, friends, family and community members are all encouraged to register.

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Team ASM-Aetna is also returning to Hubbard Park on June 15th, 2019 for the Purple Stride Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer. Details on how to join our team will be avaiable in the coming weeks.

Aetna Attends Food Share Event

On March 5th, 2019 representatives from Aetna Ambulance Service spent the morning volunteering at Food Share to benefit residents of Bloomfield and surrounding towns. The event was organized by West of the River Networking Group.

Team ASM-Aetna Participates in 2019 CT Brain Freeze!

Year two fundraising for Team ASM-Aetna was a great success. Through the efforts of employees, family members, and friends, over $1,700 was raised for Brain Tumor Research. All proceeds were donated to the National Brain Tumor Society. Thank you to everyone involved for your generous contributions and dedication to the cause. Please enjoy pictures from the event below!

Manchester “Sheroes” Project

MANCHESTER- Ambulance Service of Manchester teams up with Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester-Fire-Rescue-EMS, Manchester Police Department and Bully Breed Training for an upcoming women’s empowerment program. For more information, click here read to Hartford Courant Staff Writer Quoron Walker’s article. ASM will be hosting one of the four events at our home office on New State Road!

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Scott Harrington Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of February 15th 2019, ASM’s Scott Harrington has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Scott was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in June, 2016. He offered the following sentiment:

“I have been with ASM for just over two and a half years now and I feel that the time and experience with the department as an EMT has prepared me for the transition to my role as a Paramedic. The environment at ASM is very conducive to someone who wants to learn as much as possible. My preceptors, Scott Crittenden and Tim Lachappelle, are a wealth of knowledge and I was fortunate enough to see a variety of situations with each of them during my 12 weeks of precepting. Through their support, the support of my wife, family, friends, co-workers, and my instructors from the Greenfield Community College Paramedic Program, I feel I am as ready as I can be to take on the challenge of working as an independent Paramedic and to continue to learn each and every day.”

As with all precepting phases at ASM, Scott’s final approval came from Eastern Connecticut Health Network after shadowing him and his preceptors in the field as they responded to emergency calls. On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Scott the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: Aetna’s Nick Caisse Completes Precepting Phase

HARTFORD – As of February 5th, 2019, Nick Caisse has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves. Nick started at Aetna in June of 2017 and graduated from New Britain EMS Academy’s Paramedic Program. His preceptor was Paramedic Matthew Carter. 

As with all precepting phases at Aetna, Nick’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 Nick the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

Aetna’s Sean Piscopiello Promoted to Operations Supervisor

HARTFORD — On February 6th, 2019 Aetna’s Sean Piscopiello was promoted to the position of Operations Supervisor. His remarkable dedication to both his patients and co-workers has been consistent throughout his career at Aetna Ambulance Service. He has developed into a role model for health care professionals and continues to positively influence everyone he interacts with.

Sean is 33 years old and spent four years in the Army as a Cavalry Scout with two deployments to Iraq. He became an EMT in 2008 and a Paramedic in 2013 and has worked full time on the road since. He is a graduate of Hartford Hospital’s Paramedic Program. He expressed his gratitude for the well-deserved promotion by stating the following:

I’m very excited to be Aetna’s newest Operations Supervisor and look forward to working with everyone as we continue to grow and produce a quality service.

On behalf of the Aetna family, we would like to congratulate Sean on his promotion and look forward to great things from him.

A Special Note…

SOUTH WINDSOR – In early January, The Ambulance Service of Manchester received a hand written thank you note addressed to Paramedic David Pozniak and EMT Mike Sparks. The note, as depicted below, is in regards to a transport completed a few weeks prior.

The two guys were the best. They actually made me forget my pain. God Bless them! I’ve told everyone how good they were and I will highly recommend them.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: ASM Hires Seven – 2019

MANCHESTER — On January 28th, 2019 seven EMTs 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.

Arisha Lopez: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Arisha Lopez and I’m 24 years old, from East Hartford. For the past 3 years I worked as a Security Officer securing premises and personnel at The Hartford. I obtained my EMT-B certification through Code One Training Solutions. What led me to become an EMT was my passion to help others in need. I plan on furthering my education in paramedic studies someday. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my two rescued cats. I’m excited to begin my career with ASM and, I look forward to serving my community.
Christopher Sookram: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Christopher Sookram and I am originally from Hartford, but currently living in Manchester. I obtained my EMT-B certification last year at CPR training professionals and currently have been a volunteer for Glastonbury Volunteer Ambulance for three months. I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with ASM and further my career in EMS. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, traveling, hiking and video games.
Peter Chusid: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi there, my name is Peter Chusid. I am 23 years old and have just finished my EMT training after having completed my Bachelor’s degree at Quinnipiac University. I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of the ASM team and I look forward to developing my passion and gaining experience in the field of EMS. In my free time, I volunteer at Oxford Ambulance and I also enjoy running, Frisbee, and video games. I look forward to working with you all!
Patrick Danford: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Patrick Danford Jr. and I’m 42 yrs. old. I have a background in residential construction and remodeling. When I’m not working I’m spending time with my family, playing music and perfecting my BBQ skills. I’m honored to have been selected to come on board as a part of the team, and looking forward to building my future career in EMS here at ASM.
Esther Gibbs: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Esther Gibbs and I’m 21 years old. I lived in LA for two years before moving back to Connecticut and taking my EMT course at Code One on a whim and fell in love with work and the humility it brought me. I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity to give back to the community. In my free time I enjoy traveling, working out, and going on adventures.
Amanda Larochelle: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Amanda Larochelle and I am 21 years old. I started my journey at 15 years old when I joined a volunteer fire department and obtained my EMT a couple of years later. Since then, I have continued with the fire service and received my Fire 1&2, Hazmat Operations, and Cold Water Rescue certificates from the fire academy. I plan to obtain my paramedic as well as my Fire Instructor. When I am not at the firehouse or working, I enjoy working out and cooking. I’m very excited for this opportunity and look forward to learning and advancing my knowledge here at ASM.
Michael McNulty: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Michael and I am an 11 year veteran of EMS. I began my journey in EMS in 2007 by obtaining my Certified First Responder certification, then obtained my EMT certification in 2010. Most recently, I have served as an EMS Lieutenant for a Fire Department as well as an EMT and a Crew Chief on an ambulance in a neighboring town. My plan is to further my education and advance my skill set by applying to Paramedic school in the near future. I am passionate about emergency medicine and dedicated to the citizens that I serve. When not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching my beloved Boston sports teams. I am grateful to ASM for allowing me the opportunity to work for them and excited for what is yet to come.
 

ASM Participates in Community Event

MANCHESTER- On Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 “First Baptist Church” located on Hillstown Road hosted their 2nd Annual “First Responders Drive in Chili Lunch.” ASM crews were able to take a few minutes to enjoy a hot meal and recognition from the event volunteers.

ASM Visits East Hartford Girl Scout Troop

EAST HARTFORD — On January 9th, 2018 Ambulance Service of Manchester’s (ASM) Kylei Koehler  and Themalina Nisyrios presented the basics of Emergency Medical Services and gave ambulance tours to Girl Scout Troop 10043. (Picture approved by Troop Leader).

“First, thanks so much for the great ladies that you sent the other day to troop 10043. The girls had a great time!”

Barbara Valdes

East Hartford Girls Scouts Service Unit Manager

Troop Leader of Troop 10862.
Have a great Day! 🙂

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Jonathan Robarge Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of January 11th 2019, ASM’s Jonathan Robarge 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 Supervisor Josh Traber and Veteran Paramedics Greg Derosier and Dave White. Jonathan was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in June, 2018. He offered the following sentiment:

“I may have only been part of ASM for the last 7 months, but during that time, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve done a lot of different calls, worked with a lot of different people and some of the best preceptors around. I graduated from Capital Community College last May and have been working towards my goal since. After 15 weeks of riding and training, I’m ready for my next step as a solo paramedic. I can confidently say I’m ready for this due to the dedication and time all of my preceptors.”

As with all precepting phases at ASM, Jonathan’s final approval came from Eastern Connecticut Health Network after shadowing him and his preceptors in the field as they responded to emergency calls. On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Jonathan the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: Aetna Hires Six – 2019

HARTFORD — On January 7th, 2019, one Paramedic and five EMTs and 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.


Hijab Khan: PART TIME, EMT. Hello, my name is Hijab Khan and I am a new EMT at Aetna Ambulance. I am 21 years old and received my EMT-B certification a little more than a year ago. I am a Junior, Allied Health major at the University of Connecticut. My goal is to go onto a graduate from a PA program and become a Physician Assistant. I chose to complete an EMT program because I thought it would be a good fit for me. I’m very excited to begin working as an EMT for Aetna Ambulance Service!

 

 


 

 

Mariah Hofmann: PART TIME, EMT.  Hey there! I’m Mariah. Originally from FL, moved to CT in 2010. I started my EMS career in New Haven, made the transition to New Britain EMS where I’m full time and now here! I’m super excited to join the Aetna team and thankful for the opportunity.

 

 

 


Christopher Johnston: FULL TIME, PARAMEIDC: My name is Chris Johnston. I grew up in East Windsor, and I currently live in Windsor Locks with my fiance. Since being certified as an EMT in 2002, I have volunteered in a few towns, including Broad Brook, Bloomfield and Suffield. I have spent a few years working full time in New Haven and Glastonbury. Some of my passions include being a CPR instructor and EMT skills adjunct. Outside of work, I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time with our dogs. I am excited to say that I am a recent graduate of the Capital Community College Paramedic Program. I look forward to joining Aetna’s ranks and to grow as a provider, as I transition into my new role as a paramedic.


Parker McKinney: PART TIME, EMT: Hi there, my name is Parker McKinney. I recently became certified as an EMT this past fall after finishing up my second year at the University of New Haven. Since then I have been working for New Britain EMS, where I am currently employed. I am looking forward to growing as an EMT and getting as much experience as I can in order to better prepare me for paramedic school in the near future. I look forward to being a part of the AETNA team and furthering myself in the emergency medical field!

 


Katherine Stewart: FULLTIME, EMT: Hi, my name is Kate. I obtained my EMT-B after graduating with my Bachelor’s in 2015. I have since used my certification for volunteering and for working in the emergency department. My goal is to sharpen my practical skills while I progress through my medical career. I am excited to become a part of Aetna’s team.

 

 

 

 


David O’Brien: PART TIME, EMT. My name is David O’Brien and I became an Emergency Medical Technician 3 1/2 years ago. I was a Full Time EMT here at Aetna over 2 years ago and am very fortunate to be back. I am looking forward to continuing my education and build upon my experience base while working with some of the best EMT’s and Paramedic’s in the area.