ASM Presents to East Hartford Rotary Club

EAST HARTFORD- On February 15th, ASM employees were invited to attend East Hartford Rotary Club’s weekly meeting and present as guest speakers to the group. Recognizing the longtime service to the community of East Hartford, the club reached out and requested ASM share insight on the history and progression of the company, as well as, its continued relationship and dedication to the community.

Founded in 1905, the mission of Rotary International is to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” Over 110 years later, Rotary has developed into a global network with greater than 35,000 clubs worldwide. With the motto “Service Above Self,” promoting peace, fighting disease, creating clean water and sanitation programs, and supporting education are only a few of the challenging missions Rotary members tackle on a consistent basis across the globe.

East Hartford Rotary Club was chartered on February 23, 1928. 41 year member Dan Firestone graciously introduced ASM members during the meeting demonstrating the club’s true appreciation for the Ambulance Service of Manchester. Mr. Firestone conveyed the gratitude the club holds by referring to ASM as the “all too often overlooked members of the first responder community.”

 

“Love our First Responders”

MANCHESTER — On Valentine’s Day, the staff and residents of Arbors of Hop Brook Retirement Community graciously hosted a “Love our First Responders” breakfast demonstrating their appreciation and respect for members of The Ambulance Service of Manchester, Manchester Police Department, and Manchester Fire Department. Activity Director Laurie Robinson organized the event, and offered the following sentiment: “Thank you for your prompt, caring, professional, unselfish and noble actions. We respect and appreciate what you do for our community. Our hearts are thankful for your extraordinary efforts.” Included in the picture to your left are excited and grateful residents, members of the Arbors staff, Manchester Mayor Jay Moran, Police Chief Marc Montminy, Fire Chief David Billings, and EMT’s Sean Gregg and Elizabeth Miller from ASM.

Provider Wellness

Below is a link to an article published in JEMS Magazine. Written by 25 year veteran paramedic Bryan Fass, the piece tackles the important, yet often overlooked topic of physical fitness within EMS. Understanding the daily challenge of balancing work, family, finances, and health/wellness, Fass introduces what he calls “The Change Equation,” offering ideas on how to get motivated, form positive habits, and produce long-lasting behavioral changes.

In addition, Fass dispels some common myths that act as barriers to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He even offers a sample training routine with detailed steps and photos demonstrating safe and effective body mechanics.

Check It Out!

 

Mercedes Ambulances Arrive for Duty at Aetna and ASM

 

MANCHESTER — RecentlyAetna and ASM took delivery of seven Mercedes Sprinter Ambulances from American Emergency Vehicles (AEV). In an effort to keep up with the latest advancements in patient and provider safety, each new ambulance has arrived equipped with Stryker Performance-Load Cot Fastener Systems. In addition to securing the stretcher during transport, these devices offer guided loading and unloading, to increase both efficiency and safety.

 

A Special Note…

 

GLASTONBURY – In early January, The Ambulance Service of Manchester received a hand written thank you letter addressed to Paramedic Robert Balkun and EMT Stephanie Boutot. The note, as depicted below, is in regards to a transport completed a few days prior.

 

Please thank the team that transported my husband from Glastonbury to St. Francis. Their knowledge and expertise, I am sure, saved his life. We are deeply appreciative and thankful.

“Although I was nervous and upset, they helped to calm me…”

kenya-letter-of-praise-092016

MANCHESTER – In late September Ambulance Service of Manchester received a letter of praise for Paramedic Kenya Russell and her EMT partner Robert Grzywinski from a patient they transported during an inter-facility transfer.

 The letter reads:

“I would like to take this opportunity to let you know the two people who transported me from Windham Hospital to Hartford Hospital on [Date in August] were wonderful to me.

Although I was nervous and upset, they helped to calm me, and put me at ease.

If I remember, the lady’s name was Kenya.  She asked me what kind of music I wanted to hear.  I said off the top of my head Vienna Waltzes and low and behold she played a [song] which made me smile.

Those two people are certainly in the right line of work.  I will never forget their kindness.”

 

Words That Describe Us: Volume 87

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 most recent answers and responses provided in the survey responses include the following quotes:

  • Professional. Thank you.
  • Skilled, compassionate, quick.
  • Friendly.
  • [Crew] were polite and professional. Set me at ease and kept me informed. (16-47073; J. Traber, M. Uddin).
  • Very good.
  • Staff was extremely professional, showed empathy and helped calm everyone involved. (16-50087; E. Burgess, K. Twohig with Manchester Fire Rescue EMS).
  • K and her partner were excellent, they were great at taking professional care of me. (16-53556; K. Russell, R. Jones).
  • Excellent – pleasant yet professional.
  • Life savers.
  • The ambulance crew were very kind and professional.
  • The person who rode with me was great – definitely put me at ease. (16-53409; R. Bilodeau).
  • Courteous + compassionate.
  • The ambulance crew were very caring and allayed my mother’s fears about the pain upon moving her. (16-25719; M. Pacheco, K. Durand).
  • Professional x 3.
  • Excellent.
  • Attentive Compassionate Friendly.
  • Excellent, capable, and compassionate.
  • They were terrific.
  • Very well trained + friendly – Great Job.
  • Very professional.
  • Impressive, well done.
  • Professional.
  • M was friendly, concerned and informed. I would like you to acknowledge M. for his good service. I would have never been able to get to hospital. I had blacked out when I hit my head and was in shock. M was excellent. (16-57541; M. Campbell).
  • Courteous, professional, friendly. Your staff helped ease my fears during an incredibly stressful event. I am grateful! (16-59663; J. Craig, A. Hernandez with East Hartford Fire Department).
  • Good people.

Praise for an MFRE and ASM Response

Mercedes Sprinter Ambulance ASM FMANCHESTER — In August of 2016 ASM received an email from a patient in Manchester for a response in July. In it she praised the care she received from ASM’s Luke Zalewski and Sean McNeff working with Manchester Fire Rescue EMS (MFRE) firefighter-paramedics. The email read as follows:

The ambulance crew was so kind to me I have been wanting to send them a thank you note. I was in so much pain when they arrived at my house, and as a young woman I was worried they might not take my complaints seriously, but they did. When they arrived I was in so much pain I could barely stand up. They helped me out of the house, but they also went the extra mile of reassuring me that my two cats did not get out of the house when they left the door open. They described both cats to me and said they had seen them both go into the basement. This really helped me to relax  in a difficult situation. They could have just told me not to worry about it, but they took all of my concerns seriously.

On the way to the hospital they administered medication in an IV that helped my pain decrease. I was scared when I arrived at the hospital because I was alone but they reassured me they would not leave me by myself. I typically use alternative medicine because I have previously had many negative experiences with the conventional medical system, but this was not one of them. I am so grateful I called that day and so grateful that the crew treated me with so much care and respect. I felt they really went above and beyond to make sure that I felt as comfortable and safe as possible. What wonderful people! The doctors believe I had a ruptured cyst and I am feeling better now. Thank you so much!

[This redacted and de-identified story and commentary appears with the patient’s express permission]

Words That Describe Us: Volume 86

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 most recent answers and responses provided in the survey responses include the following quotes:

  • The crew was caring + informative, took care of me very well + got me situated in ER. (16-47719; A. Fine, M. Uddin).
  • Skilled, caring staff. My services were exceptional. Please let the EMTs know I appreciate [it]. (16-47714; S. Gregg, M. Cedeno with Manchester Fire Rescue EMS).
  • Highly professional with personalized care.
  • Thanks!
  • Friendly and professional.
  • Great EMT experience and care.
  • The crew was very thoughtful – they listened to what my needs were – very helpful – thanks to everyone who helped me. (16-49921; M. Buerk, R. Fross).
  • Very caring, professional and friendly.
  • Professional/caring.
  • Friendly.
  • Excellent.
  • Very professional.
  • Nice, young + funny.
  • Helpful.
  • Very professional.
  • Very professional, prompt & courteous.
  • They saw immediately that my child was in great pain and took steps to alleviate it. Smart + professional. (16-52868; J. Traber, D. Hammett).
  • Caring + professional.
  • Thank you for your prompt arrival at a critical time.
  • Excellent! Very professional!
  • They were able to get [patient] to get into the ambulance and get medical attention. The crew acted very professional and tended to [patient’s] needs.
  • Ambulance were very professional and courteous.
  • Timely and professional.

ASM at Manchester Motorcycle Jamboree, 2016

Motorcycle Jamboree 2016 CMANCHESTER — On July 30, 2016 ASM provided ambulance standby services to the Second Annual Manchester Motorcycle Jamboree on Broad Street. The event was to benefit New Seasons, Inc. which provides state-of-the-art care and support for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities in Hartford and Tolland counties.

Photo credit: Charles Lodge.

Words That Describe Us: Volume 85

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 most recent answers and responses provided in the survey responses include the following quotes:

  • Very good.
  • Highly skilled + professional.
  • From the first introductions I felt I was in very capable hands. (16-43381; G. Geres, D. Hammett).
  • Very professional, caring and thorough.
  • Knowledgeable, caring + compassionate.
  • Caring, skilled, perfect teamwork and cooperation between ASM partners R and R. Great coordination with South Windsor Police. Medic inserted IV line perfectly, painlessly, enroute, every technician step was precise and thorough balanced with being personable and alleviating excess concern. It was my first 911 ambulance ride. He was excellent! EMT provided tech support in the home and before departure, drove safely and alleviated worry during transport and at hospital arrival. Great team. (16-46033; R. Bilodeau, R. Fross).
  • Reassuring! Wonderful! Kind!
  • Very nice/professional.
  • Wonderful service. No complaints.
  • Excellent service, compassionate care.
  • They were very respectful and caring – Thank you!
  • Very professional.
  • “GREAT”. The paramedics were very pleasant and respectful the entire time. (16-47910; G. Geres, T. Luetjen).
  • Very caring.
  • Ambulance crew was very professional and truly cared about how I was feeling.
  • Very caring/compassionate. I am most impressed with your service. It has been exceptional.
  • Perfection.
  • Caring.
  • Professional – compassionate.
  • Very professional and tried to keep me calm and comfortable while I was in their care. (16-46114; T. Wallace, L. Zalewski).
  • Caring.
  • Respectful.

“I am so happy to have met these two gentlemen”

Patient Satisfaction SurveyPraise for ASM’s Todd Marshall and David Tedeschi

SOUTH WINDSOR — In late July ASM received a patient satisfaction survey response for a call done by Paramedic Todd Marshall and his EMT partner Dave Tedeschi in South Windsor.

As noted in the picture, the wife of the patient checked off Strongly Agree with a check-plus to 17 check boxes related to patient satisfaction within the survey; all that applied.

In the narrative section the patient’s spouse shared some details of the care that her husband received. For the sake of privacy some of the information has been redacted in the following section.

She described the crew as “Extraordinary! Caring, Compassionate.” She went on to say, “I have always received excellent care from ASM.” She called them “very soothing and reassuring” and that their report to the hospital was beyond what she had experienced in the past and ensured the patient received a critical special accommodation.

She finished by saying, “they made a stressful situation a little bit better. They are a credit to your business. I am so happy to have met these two gentlemen.”

Praise again for Aetna’s Eric Thepsiri and Donna Achilli

Eric Thepsiri

Eric Thepsiri

WETHERSFIELD — In late July Aetna’s office received a patient satisfaction survey from a patient treated in Wethersfield in June by Eric Thepsiri and Donna Achilli. The patient had checked off every box with “Strongly Agree” to questions like, the Paramedic was highly skilled, kept you informed, relieved pain and anxiety. 15 boxes in total.

Donna Achilli

Donna Achilli

When asked to use a word or phrase to describe the crew the patient wrote, Fabulous!!.

In the narrative section the patient went on to write, “I was picked up by the Great Eric + Donna. They treated me above and beyond what I expected. We connected well. They were so professional and friendly. They stayed with my in the hospital until they had to leave and came to say goodbye! They are the absolute best!! We had some good laughs too 🙂 Tell them I say Hi!”

Note: Run #16-47131, certain information redacted for privacy.

Words That Describe Us: Volume 84

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 most recent answers and responses provided in the survey responses include the following quotes:

  • They were great. Kind, professional and caring. (16-43478; T. LaChappelle, A. Linardo).
  • Very courteous.
  • Professional!
  • Very nice paramedics! They showed concern. Provided great care. (16-41861; J. Traber, T. Armas)
  • I was very nervous, their kindness + comfort were so appreciated. Wonderful people – Super job done. (16-44248; R. Jones, M. Pierce).
  • They showed concern, asked appropriate questions, checked on my comfort.
  • Professional. M + R did an excellent job. Thank you! (16-44752; M. Tuttle, R. Fraley).
  • Awesome.
  • Relaxed, calm, pleasant.
  • Courteous + Efficient.
  • Fantastic response.
  • They were helpful, fast, caring & professional. J Thank you for all the help. (16-44293; A. Debisschop, A. Hernandez).
  • Very courteous + highly efficient.
  • Very professional.
  • R + R were terrific. Their assessment + care were very professional. They made sure I was safe + secure right into the ER room. We were very pleased with all that R + R did. (16-45368; R. Bilodeau, R. Fross).
  • Very friendly.
  • They were very professional + caring individuals through my entire situation. (16-39950; E. Snoek, R. Bochman).
  • Professional, compassionate & well trained. The entire crew was great. They were calm and kept me calm and comforted. (16-40155; J. Rasmussen, S. Yenco with East Hartford Fire Department).
  • Wonderful – Outstanding.
  • Professional, seemed very well trained.

Words That Describe Us: Volume 83

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 most recent answers and responses provided in the survey responses include the following quotes:

  • Excellent.
  • Awesome!
  • Extremely professional, caring, calming. It was a terrible snowstorm and they got him from physician’s office to hospital safely.
  • The greatest team. Good people.
  • I was unconscious, however by son said that the ambulance came very quick and the paramedics knew what they were doing. (16-38122; K. Beaulieu, K. Ringuette with East Hartford Fire Department).
  • Great especially when I was in need!
  • They made both of us (me as a rider to the hospital) and my husband very calm and comfortable. (16-38562; R. Bilodeau, P. Gleason).
  • They were great. Outstanding. Thank you. The Best. (16-39540; R. Houser, L. Adamowich).
  • Very professional.
  • Professional. Caring.
  • Very satisfied. Chris was [in back with me] – he was extremely kind and explained everything before doing it. He is excellent!!! (16-39795; patient referencing Manchester Fire Rescue EMS paramedic with ASM).
  • Excellent job!
  • Very professional.
  • Skilled. Thank you.
  • Extremely caring & knowledgeable paramedic. Thank you. (16-39265; T. Oliver).
  • Excellent!!!
  • Compassionate, caring, respectful. (16-40355; J. Rasmussen, R. Fross).
  • Very professional, efficient and caring.
  • The crew was caring, compassionate and very knowledgeable. (16-41105; C. Everest, C. Tevnan with Manchester Fire Rescue EMS).
  • Professional + caring.
  • Very nice. Very professional.
  • Thank you for your skill and compassion. (16-41751; T. Armas, C. Lemire with East Hartford Fire Department).
  • Efficient.
  • Excellent crew.