Aetna Ambulance Service is happy to release the second issue of The Grady Report, the Aetna employee newsletter. Released quarterly, The Grady Report features numerous articles outlining company news and events, training opportunities, case studies (periodically), health and wellness tips, and more. Additionally, each issue will contain an Employee Spotlight article, recognizing an EMT or Paramedic that has demonstrated a commitment to patients and co-workers alike via positive attitude, work ethic, and overall inspiring demeanor. Please enjoy!
SOUTH WINDSOR – In early August, The Ambulance Service of Manchester received a hand written thank you note addressed to Paramedic Genevieve Geres and EMT Tracy Luetjen. The note, as depicted below, is in regards to a transport completed a few weeks prior.
I am ever so grateful for your patient, reassuring help on a very frightening morning for me. At every turn, you did not demean or minimize my experience. I truly felt I had competent advocates at my side.
MANCHESTER — On July 24th, 2017, two Paramedics and six EMT’s 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.
Christopher Myska: FULL TIME, PARAMEDIC. My name is Chris and I am 27. I went to medic school at Capital Community College. I have been interested in patient care since watching MASH as a kid. I am a Flight Medic with the US Air Force Reserves and have been since 2010.
I am newly married and spend most of my free time outside with my wife and my dog Ellie. I have spent the last 4 years working for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as an ER Tech.
Nicole Niwinski: FULL TIME, EMT. Hello my name is Nicole Niwinski and I am 24 years old. I have my Associates from Manchester Community College and have been working for the last few years an Associate Manager of a window covering company. I took my EMT course with Glastonbury EMS in 2016 and have been very excited about it since then. My goal is to continue in the field of EMS, and become a paramedic. I train martial arts, and enjoy rock-climbing and hiking.
Gabner Alcime: FULL TIME, PARAMEDIC. Hello my name is Gabner L. Alcime. I am originally from Miami, FL but I’ve lived in Port Charlotte, FL for all of my teenage and adult life. I received my EMT Certification in May of 2006, and my Paramedic Certification in 2012, as well as, my Associate in Science. I spent ten years serving as EMT/Paramedic for Lee County EMS, FL. My younger brother is also a Paramedic with the same company and two of my cousins are EMT’s there as well. I served as an AHA instructor for both Lee County EMS and at the same college, received my schooling. I also served as a Lab Instructor at the college for the EMT program. I’m really grateful for all the opportunities the EMS field has provided me over the years. I recently obtained my NREMT-P when I decided to relocate with my family to Windsor, CT where my wife is from. In the future, I plan to get my Bachelor’s Degree, and become a filed training preceptor. Aside from EMS, I am also a Wedding DJ, and enjoy being active in the gym and playing sports. Looking forward to being part of the ASM team.
Kristi Glowacki: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Kristi Glowacki and I have been an EMT for just over 2 years. In that time, I have helped to instruct EMT students, teach communities looking to learn CPR, and volunteered as an EMT for the City of Bloomfield. Before accepting a position with ASM, I also worked in an Emergency Room as a Tech. Being in an ER teaches you how to work fast and think quickly. However, not every patient or call is an emergency. Some just need to know that you’re listening and care. It’s for the same reason that in my spare time I’m teaching my rescue dog, Alpha, to be a therapy dog. If you ever want to talk to someone who is dog crazy you’ve found the right person!
Patrick Zimny: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Patrick Zimny. I am 22 years old and from East Hampton, CT. I’m a student at Manchester Community College working towards a degree in Criminal Justice. I received my EMT-B certification at the end of 2016 and later joined the Manchester Fire Department 8th District as a volunteer. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, running, reading, and spending time with my nephews and niece. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for ASM and to further my career as a first responder. I look forward to joining the team!
Racquel Vaughn: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Racquel Vaughn and I am 28 years old. I am from East Hartford, CT. I took my EMT class at New Britain EMS Academy in New Britain, CT. I completed the course in the winter of 2016 and began volunteering for the town of Newington, CT for about 1 year. My goal is to go back to school and become a paramedic after gaining some more experience. I am so happy to be joining the ASM team and looking forward to learning and helping the community.
Cody Desilets: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi my name is Cody Desilets. I’m 21 and from Windham, CT. I’ve been a volunteer firefighter in Windham for about 6 years now in which I obtained my EMT and held it for the past 4 years. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors like fishing, hiking and kayaking.
Erica Clayton: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Erica Clayton. I am 22 years old and a recent graduate of Western New England University with a B.S. in Health Sciences and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. During my schooling, I shadowed and worked with a Physician’s Assistant in the Rockville and Manchester emergency rooms acquiring approximately 250 hours of experience. That time helped me to fall in love with emergency medicine. This lead me to the decision to obtain my EMT certification while in my senior year of college.
My future goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant working in pediatric emergency medicine. I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to work at ASM and cannot wait for the journey that is to come.
MANCHESTER — On July 17th, 2017 ASM’s David Pozniak was promoted to the position of Field Supervisor. His remarkable dedication to both his patients and co-workers has been consistent throughout his career at ASM. He has developed into a role model for health care professionals and continues to positively influence everyone he interacts with.
Dave expressed his gratitude for the well-deserved promotion by stating the following:
Having started as a brand new EMT seven years ago, I have been witness to our continued growth and expansion in the communities we serve. ASM has remained on the cutting edge of care in the ever evolving field of EMS. I am honored and humbled to become part of the supervisor team and look forward to working with everyone to continue making ASM a great place to work.
On behalf of the ASM family we would like to congratulate Dave on his promotion and look forward to great things from him.
GLASTONBURY-The Ambulance Service of Manchester is proud to announce the release of a dedicated paramedic intercept vehicle to the Town of Glastonbury. As of today, July 17, 2017, “Alpha 8,” will now be posted within the confines of the town on a 24 hour basis, 365 days a year. ASM has been fortunate enough to serve as the primary service area responder at the ALS level for the Town of Glastonbury for several decades. Glastonbury Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), current PSA holder at the BLS level, has graciously designated a space at their headquarters to house the intercept car. The long-time partnership between GEMS and ASM continually proves beneficial to town residents. The addition of Alpha 8 will further this relationship and help to ensure that the patient care experience remains as seamless and gratifying as possible.
The Ambulance Service of Manchester is happy to release the second issue of Pulse, the ASM employee newsletter. Released quarterly, Pulse features numerous articles outlining company news and events, training opportunities, case studies (periodically), health and wellness tips, and more. Additionally, each issue will contain an Employee Spotlight article, recognizing an EMT or Paramedic that has demonstrated a commitment to patients and co-workers alike via positive attitude, work ethic, and overall inspiring demeanor. Please enjoy!
SOUTH WINDSOR- Earlier this month, crews from the Ambulance Service of Manchester assisted South Windsor Community Center TRIAD with a food drive at both Geissler’s Supermarket and Stop and Shop. Members of the Hartford Evergreen Lodge #88 of Freemasons were also on site participating in the event. Please note ASM EMT’s Charlie Lodge and Elizabeth Miller contributing in the pictures provided.
HARTFORD – As of May 19th, 2017, Aetna’s Camilo Quezada has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves. His preceptor was Paramedic Matt Carter. Camilo started at Aetna in August of 2012, and graduated from Capital Community College Paramedic Program.
As with all precepting phases at Aetna, Camilo’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 Camilo the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.
HARTFORD – As of May 23rd, 2017, Aetna’s Cora Gingras has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves. Her preceptor was Paramedic Greg Kendall. Cora started at Aetna in December of 2016. She graduated from the Goodwin College/Hartford Hospital Paramedic Program after studying psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University. As with all precepting phases at Aetna, Cora’s final approval came from Hartford Hospital after shadowing her and her preceptor in the field as they responded to emergency calls.
On behalf of the Aetna Family, we would like to wish Cora the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.
MANCHESTER- On Tuesday May 30th, 2017 employees from the Ambulance Service of Manchester were invited to East Hartford Middle School’s Special Education Department, in order to familiarize students with emergency personnel. ASM EMT’s, Kyle Caldwell and Kaitlyn Duley, fielded questions and interacted with schoolchildren to provide them with a sense of understanding of the first responder community. The event was coordinated by Special Education Teacher Christine Sposito, who acts as the program leader for East Hartford Middle School’s progressive “Independent Living Skills Class.” In addition to a general overview of EMS life by the crew, the students received an equipment demonstration, tours of the ambulance, and a mock patient care scenario.
Monday, May 22nd
- 0730-1200: Hartford Hospital: Annual EMS Week Symposium, ERC 221. A multidisciplinary group if physicians deliver engaging , EMS-specific presentations. No charge, all level of providers are encouraged to attend. To register please email David.Bailey@hhchealth.org.
- 1000: The staff of OEMS will join the Council of Regional Chairpersons (CORC) in celebration of the annual EMS awards at the State Capitol. All are welcome. The Ceremony will take place in the Old Judiciary Room and will honor individuals and services from throughout Connecticut.
Tuesday, May 23rd
- 1100-1300: Saint Francis Hospital Fajita Festival Lunch
Wednesday, May 24th
- 1200-1400: Hartford Hospital (outside of Conklin Building) Annual Cook-out.
- 1700-1900: Saint Francis Hospital Fajita Fling Dinner
- 1700: Saint Francis Hospital Emergency Department: Annual EMS Champion Award.
- 1730-1900 Hartford Hosptial (outsdie of Conlkin Building) Annual Cool-out.
Thursday, May 25th
- 1800: Johnson Memorial Hospital BBQ. CME follows BBQ at CMEC Ammpitheater (the building on the right as you enter the main hospital driveway) 201 Chestnut Hill Road, Stafford Springs.
Friday, May 26th
- 1700-2000: Ambulance Service of Manchester Employee BBQ. 275 New State Rd, Manchester.
If your organization, facility or agency is having an EMS Week event in the greater Hartford area and you do not see it listed here, please email it to a member of our management team, fill out the contact form, post it as a comment, or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HARTFORD — On May 6, 2017 Aetna Ambulance Service attended a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood themed “Touch a Truck” event held at CPBN Television Station on Asylum Avenue in Hartford. The event, organized by a group of military veterans, encouraged kids to interact with Police, Fire, and EMS personnel in order to gain a sense of familiarity with first responders. Event Coordinator James Reeves’s motivation for the project was “creating, coordinating, and executing a family-friendly event that highlights the importance for children and families to “be a good neighbor” and become more involved in their communities.” Mr. Reeves also stated “we feel that kids should be unafraid of those in uniform to the point that they can communicate freely and openly, especially in times of urgent need.”
Aetna Field Supervisor Matt Campbell, and EMT’s Alexandra Zhakov and Anthony Mazzola provided ambulance tours and the entertainment for those in attendance, giving out coloring books and posing for pictures.
MANCHESTER- On Thursday May 4th, 2017 the Ambulance Service of Manchester participated in Manchester Health Department’s “Life is a Picnic” Senior Health Fair. Over 40 organizations took part in this event offering services and demonstrations to hundreds of seniors within the community. ASM’s Kyle Caldwell and Karisa Welch spent the afternoon fielding questions and interacting with participants like long time Senior Center Volunteer Earl Parent, featured in the picture above.
Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of The Grady Report, the Aetna employee newsletter. Released quarterly, The Grady Report will feature numerous articles outlining company news and events, training opportunities, case studies (periodically), health and wellness tips, and more. Additionally, each issue will contain an Employee Spotlight article, recognizing an EMT or Paramedic that has demonstrated a commitment to patients and co-workers alike via positive attitude, work ethic, and overall inspiring demeanor.