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.

From an EMS Perspective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANCHESTER- On Wednesday January 9th, 2019 Ambulance Service of Manchester will be hosting an “East of the River” networking group monthly meeting for the second consecutive year. Veteran Paramedic and Preceptor Greg Derosier will be the keynote speaker for this event. His brief presentation entitled “From an EMS Perspective” will provide the audience with an informative look at the world of pre-hospital emergency and non-emergency medicine.

ASM 2018 “Community Threads” Coat Drive

MANCHESTER-The results are in for the second annual ASM Coat Drive! Thanks to employees, family members and friends, over 40 jackets along with multiple, hats, coats and scarves were collected. ASM’s Laura McHugh was the driving force for this initiative. All donations were delivered to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (M.A.C.C.) clothing store “Community Threads” located at 466 Main Street in Manchester. A quote from Laura, the event organizer is provided below.

“I am pleased to announce the ASM 2nd annual coat drive has doubled donations received in 2018. This would not have been possible without the help of our employees, family and friends. As an EMS community I sincerely appreciate the help received in coming together to make the area we service a better place.”

ASM Teams up with Bob’s Discount Furniture to benefit MACC Charities

MANCHESTER- On December 19th, 2018 Ambulance Service of Manchester EMTs Russ Jones and Kyle Caldwell teamed up with Animatronic Bob for the 2nd annual Bob’s Discount Furniture Food Drive. The event was coordinated by MACC Charities Director & CEO Beth Stafford.

CT Children’s and State Police Toy Drive in Pictures – 2018

The 2018 “Stuff a Cruiser” Toy Drive was again a great success. Below you will find a collage of pictures from the days spent collecting toys for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Thank you to ASM and Aetna employees, friends and families for their continued involvement and dedication to this event.

STATE POLICE “STUFF A CRUISER” TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY

Friday, December 14, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 16, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Locations:

Walmart Manchester – 420 Buckland Hills Dr, Manchester, CT
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Walmart East Windsor – 44 Prospect Hill Rd, East Windsor, CT
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Walmart Cromwell – 161 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT
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South Windsor Stuff A Truck Toy Drive

The South Windsor STUFF-A-TRUCK Toy Drive was held this past on Saturday, December 8th 2018 at Stop & Shop and Geissler’s Supermarkets. Ambulance Service of Manchester, South Windsor Police Department, South Windsor Fire Department and South Windsor TRIAD participated with assistance from the Hartford-Evergreen #88 Masonic Lodge of Freemasons. Toys, food and cash were collected to help South Windsor families in need.

No Shave November 2018 Results

Ambulance Service of Manchester is proud to announce the winners of the second annual No Shave November competition. The new ASM Team Captain Charlie Lodge was able to edge out last year’s winner Mikhail Uddin by a whisker. As Team Alternate, Mikhail will assume command if Charlie is unable to fulfill the obligations as Team Captain.Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause to support Men’s Health!

Aetna Appears On Local News

HARTFORD, Conn. – When Aetna Ambulance EMT Ray Berwick realized his partner Chris Cabral was suffering a stroke last month, he quickly rushed his partner to Hartford Hospital, where the trauma team immediately operated on Cabral.

Cabral had a blood clot near his carotid artery, according to WTIC.

Cabral said suffering the stroke while in the ambulance was a bit like winning the lottery.

“He recognized something wasn’t right,” Cabral said of his partner Berwick. “I was inches away from dying and my partner saved my life.”

Berwick has been working alongside Cabral for the past two and a half years.

“Just seeing him walking around and knowing how lucky it is, it’s awesome,” he said.

In a ceremony Berwick was recognized for his quick thinking, along with the team at Hartford Hospital.

“The role that first responders play is truly, truly lifesaving,” said Jeffrey Flaks, the president of Hartford Healthcare, at the ceremony.

Cabral is undergoing physical therapy but Hartford Hospital neurologists said they expect him to make a full recovery. Cabral noted he hopes to be riding with Berwick in their ambulance again sometime in the spring.

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STATE POLICE “STUFF A CRUISER” TOY DRIVE

Schedule your holiday shopping and throw a few extra toys in the cart for the kids at Connecticut Children’s!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For 22 years, troopers from Troop H of the Connecticut State Police have been as busy as Santa’s elves carrying out their December Toy Drive.

With assistance from Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) and Aetna Ambulance, the troopers have collected more than half a million toys and more than $200,000 in donations to benefit children who find themselves in the Emergency Department at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center during the holidays and throughout the year.

Children who have to visit Connecticut Children’s can be overwhelmed with the unknown. Toys collected by the State Police provide a welcome distraction to children and help encourage communication between a care provider and patient. Making a donation today helps provide smiles all year long. Sometimes a toy can be the one thing a child remembers about their visit – a memory you can create.

Unable to make it to one of the toy drive locations?
DONATE TODAY

 


Schedule:

Thursday, December 13, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday, December 14, 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 16, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Locations:

Walmart Manchester – 420 Buckland Hills Dr, Manchester, CT
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Walmart East Windsor – 44 Prospect Hill Rd, East Windsor, CT
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Walmart Cromwell – 161 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT
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A Sincere Thank You for Aetna Ambulance Service

In mid-November, Aetna Ambulance Service received the following letter from the son of a recently treated patient.

To Aetna Ambulance Management:

Please accept this letter of appreciation regarding the below:

Aetna Ambulance was dispatched to my house in [xx] by 911 and they arrived very promptly. Miracle after miracle happened from that moment. My father’s heart went flat while the ambulance crew was trying different techniques to bring the heart beat up and THEY DID. This wonderful crew rushed him to [xx hospital] where a pacemaker was placed, the only option for my father to live. While speaking to all kinds of doctors in the ER in regards to my father’s condition, doctor [xx] stated that he was very impressed with the ambulance crew that brought him in the ER. It was very pleasing to hear that.

Late evening, when we were still in the ER waiting for the available bed in the ICU, a young man entered the room and asked about my father’s condition. He also stated the he brought him in the morning to the ER and was so happy to see him alive. I almost cried. This was Matthew Carter- Paramedic for Aetna Ambulance. Dear Matthew, if you are reading this letter, I would like to thank you again for everything you and your crew did to keep my father alive. Please extend my appreciation to Trisha Webster- EMT, Tessa Harrington-Paramedic and Alex Zhakov- EMT. It is really wonderful to know that there are people in this world who care. Thank you guys again from me and my family!!!!!!

Matthew, just in case you are wondering how my father is now: he has a permanent pacemaker placed on [xx 2018] and is now in short term rehab.

10th Annual Emergency of Hunger Food Drive Results!

MANCHESTER – The 10th Annual “Emergency of Hunger” Food Drive, composed of first responders, Rotary members, and others, was a great success! Their combined efforts continue to make a deep and widening impact on hunger in greater Hartford. This year volunteers from Manchester, Vernon, and South Windsor collected   28,000+ food items, 850+ turkeys, and $15,000 in gift card and monitory donations. Please click here to read Contact Reporter Jesse Leavenworth’s article in the Hartford Courant!

ASM Attends Veteran’s Dedication in Hebron

On November 15th 2018, Colebrook Village at Hebron hosted a Veteran’s Day Commemoration to honor their resident veterans. ASM EMTs Cody Desilets and Lieutenant Kayla Fortin attended the ceremony which included a Veterans Wall of Honor Dedication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ambulance Service of Manchester, LLC and Aetna Ambulance, Inc. would like to thank all past and present veterans for their service to the United States of America. A special thank you to our employees that have served and continue to do so today. We are fortunate to have such patriotic individuals representing our team.

Aetna Receives Trust Annual Award of Excellence

HARTFORD- On November 15th, 2018 Carol Fronczek, Worker’s Compensation Trust’s Vice President of Loss Control Services presented Aetna Ambulance Service with “Trust’s Award of Excellence.” Over recent years, Aetna has proactively implemented a number of programs in an effort to improve both patient and provider safety. These initiatives have been developed and implemented by Aetna’s Safety and Health Committee.

Congratulations for Aetna being awarded the Trust’s Award of Excellence.  Your organization was nominated by Sandy Brophy who put together quite a compelling overview of the various safety activities your organization and you do to keep employees safe.

The Trust Award of Excellence is given to members who:

Award of Excellence

Presented to members who have demonstrated a commitment to safety within their organizations. Criteria includes a favorable workers’ compensation loss history, effective and innovative risk management programs, the accommodation of injured workers back to the workforce, and the presence of a strong safety culture.

Carol Fronczek

Worker’s Compensation Trust

Vice President, Loss Control Services