ASM Participates in ‘Stop The Bleed” Event

MANCHESTER-On Saturday, March 31, 2018 the town of Manchester joined with over 600 communities across the nation in observing the inaugural “Stop the Bleed Day” by hosting the American College of Surgeons’ Basic Bleeding Control course. This course, which was offered free of charge to members of the community, provided participants with the knowledge and skills needed to save a life in the event of a serious bleeding emergency. Bleeding is the number one preventable cause of death associated with a traumatic injury, regardless of the cause of that injury.

Manchester’s course was coordinated by Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.  ASM’s Paramedic Greg Derosier and EMT/Field Training Officer Cory Lachance joined representatives from the Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services, Manchester Police Department, Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS, Manchester Public Schools, and Manchester Health Department to teach participants hands-on bleeding control techniques.

According to a press release available on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) website:

“Stop the Bleed traces its origins to the aftermath of the Sandy Hook School shootings on December 14, 2012. Shortly afterward, the ACS partnered with law enforcement and other interested national organizations to develop the Hartford Consensus. Out of this Consensus (where the initial meetings convened in Hartford, Connecticut), emerged an emergency response goal to improve survival following mass shootings and other intentional acts of mass violence by empowering civilians to take life-saving action when the need arises, regardless of the situation or cause of the significant bleeding.

After recommendations of the Hartford Consensus were released, Stop the Bleed, a national public awareness campaign was launched in October of 2015 by the White House and then-President Obama, with a call to action to begin training more people to become immediate responders. Stop the Bleed cultivates grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency, thus becoming the first vital link of the trauma care chain of survival.”

If you were unable to attend this course and wish to receive this potentially life-saving training, it is offered on an ongoing basis, FREE of charge, to anyone interested.  Please visit http://bleedingcontrol.org and click “Find a Class” to locate a class near you.

Above Post Drafted by ASM EMT/Field Training Officer Cory Lachance

“Thank You For Giving Me My Life Back”

Manchester- On March 27th, 2018 ASM Paramedic Chris Myska and EMT Robert Anderson had the rare opportunity to meet a patient they treated one month prior. The patient (shown above), requested to meet the crew in person eager to express her  appreciation for the tremendous care they provided. In addition, the following letter was addressed to Chris and Bob for their efforts.

On February 28th, you were called to XX hospital to transport me to XX hospital due to my having had a heart attack.

On the way to the hospital, I needed CPR and had to be shocked to bring me back to life. My doctor told me that I was dead for a good minute.

I am writing this to thank you for giving me my life back. There is no way that I can repay that. I also want to apologize for scaring both of you that way. I am sure that your hearts were beating a lot harder than mine.

I want you both to know that I am doing well. I had two stents put in and I will be starting cardiac rehab on March 28th, 3 days a week for 12 weeks.

Again, Thank you! Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and letter appear with permission.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: ASM Hires Seven – 2018

MANCHESTER — On March 19th, 2018 one Paramedic and six 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.


Kylei Koehler: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi! My name is Kylei and I am 21 years old. I was born and raised in the small town of Willington, CT. I received my EMT-B license after completing my course with Code One in the summer of 2017. I am an active member of the Tolland Fire Department as a volunteer EMT and am looking to earn my fire certifications as well. I currently attend Capital College in Hartford and am pursing a degree in Radiology. In my free time I enjoying hiking, fishing and spending time with my dog, Bentley. I am very grateful and excited that I was given the opportunity to pursue a career with ASM and I look forward to serving the community!


Brian Chapdelaine.:FULL TIME, EMT. Hello! My name is. I’m 30 years old. I am from East Longmeadow, MA and currently living in Enfield, CT. I have an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Springfield Technical Community College. I took my EMT course at EMT Academy in Springfield. For a little over a year I have been working as an EMT-B for a private company in Springfield. In September I will be starting the Paramedic Program at GCC in Greenfield, MA. I became an EMT because I have always had a passion for helping those in need and love serving my community. I am also getting married this year so it’s going to be a very busy but exciting year. In my free time I love to watch sports, play video games, hunt, and spend time with my family and friends. I am excited to join the ASM team and be a part of this company has i further my career in EMS!


Owen Cummings: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi, my name is Owen Cummings, and I am 21 years old. I grew up in Simsbury CT, and graduated from Simsbury High School. I obtained my EMT certification through the New Britain EMS Academy in the summer of 2017. My passion for this career started as a cadet firefighter in Simsbury. I currently volunteer for New Hartford EMS and Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance. I look forward to learning at ASM, and eventually progressing to a paramedic provider.

 


Tara Monge: PART TIME, EMT. Hello, my name is Tara Monge. I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After developing an interest in the medical field, I enrolled in an EMT course at CPR Training Professionals in South Windsor. I am honored to be able to start my EMT career with ASM and look forward to evolving as a medical professional with them. I expect this new experience will help guide me down my next path in this profession.


Robert Davis: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Robert Davis and I’m 35 years old. I live here in Manchester, and am married with two boys, 5 and 14.  I’m originally from southern Arizona, and grew up just north of the Mexican border. After moving here in 2003, I joined the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department, where I took my EMT in 2005. After obtaining that, I worked at Campion in Waterbury until 2015.After taking a few years off, I realized how much I missed helping people, and am looking forward to doing so here at ASM.


Rodney Bailey: FULL TIME, PARAMEDIC. My name is Rodney Bailey. I am 38 years old, originally from Kodiak, Alaska. I currently live in Wallingford, CT. I graduated from Capital Community College in December with my Paramedic certification, and just received my license in January. I served 11 years in the Navy, including one year in Afghanistan in 2008, and served as an instructor for the Florida Highway Patrol for several years. This is my second time as an EMT, never let it lapse for greener grass, and I am Excited about joining the ASM team and am excited for the opportunities that it presents.


Kayla Fortin: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi I’m Kayla and I’m 24 years old. I went to CCSU for athletic training and took my EMT class there as well. I’ve been in commercial EMS for 3 years now, and plan to continue my education in either paramedic or nursing school. I’ll also be a Medical Officer in the Army National Guard this coming August. When I’m not at work, I enjoy eating sushi, being with friends and family, and working out. I’m really excited to be a part of the ASM team!

ASM Holds Years of Service Recognition Event

MANCHESTER- On March 15th, 2018 the Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted a “Years of Service Recognition Dinner.” The event honored staff members with ten years of service or greater. Quite remarkably, over 50 employees received an award, including several in the 25-35 year range! Without the consistent hard work and dedication of ASM crew members, dispatchers, office personnel, and mechanics, the company would not be where it is today. Thanks for all you do!


Aetna Paramedic Receives Challenge Coin


Aetna Paramedic Sam Dybdahl received a “Challenge Coin” from the gentleman (a Vietnam Veteran), pictured above, for the tremendous care rendered to his family member. Originally a military tradition, challenge coins are presented to individuals who have demonstrated a significant achievement. Sam has over a decade of experience as Critical Care Flight Paramedic. Sam is also an active member of the Armed Forces who has served overseas.

Aetna Appears on Local News!

Aetna Ambulance Field Supervisor Bob Mara was interviewed yesterday evening by FOX 61 Reporter Jim Altman. In the segment, Bob discusses the necessary steps Aetna takes in preparation for winter storms to ensure that both the crews and ambulances are ready respond. In order to safely and promptly reach residents, Aetna increases staffing and strategically places ambulances at staging areas proven to reduce response times. As portrayed in the interview, crews will be posted at these locations even during the storm.

To watch the segment in its entirety, please click here!

Team ASM-Aetna Participates in 2018 CT Brain Freeze!

Year one fundraising for Team ASM-Aetna was a great success. Through the efforts of employees, family members, and friends, a total of $1,175 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!

Team ASM-Aetna preps for the CT Brain Freeze!

Thanks to the support and dedication of ASM and Aetna employees, Team ASM-Aetna ha reached its goal of 15 participants for the CT Brain Freeze this coming Sunday, March 4th! For anyone interested in joining, the deadline for online registration is tomorrow, February 27th. All proceeds go directly to the National Brain Tumor Society.

Click below to join!

  1. Select “Register”
  2. Select “Join as a New Participant”
  3. Team Name – “Team ASM-Aetna”
  4. Select “Join” and follow prompts

http://events.braintumor.org/connecticut-brain-freeze/

Upcoming Charity Events

 

 

 

 

For the month of February, Aetna and ASM will be ordering pins in recognition of American Heart Month. Crew members, dispatchers and office personnel may purchase a pin for a donation of one to five dollars. All proceeds with be donated to the American Heart Association at month end.

On March 4th, Team ASM-Aetna will be partaking in the 2018 Connecticut Brain Freeze. Those interested gain the opportunity to plunge into the ocean to raise awareness/resources for brain tumor-specific programs. Please consider joining the fun! For instructions on how to register, copy the link below and follow the instructions provided.

1. Select “Register”
2. Select “Join as a New Participant”
3. Team Name – “Team ASM-Aetna”
4. Select “Join” and follow prompts

http://events.braintumor.org/connecticut-brain-freeze/

 

 

 

 

Further out…

ASM/Aetna will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive for employees at our headquarters in Manchester on Tuesday, May 1st 2018.

 

 

 

 

April- Autism Awareness Month

May- ALS Awareness Month

A Special note….

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

 

The EMT team tried to make the transport as pain free as possible. They kept talking to me the entire ride to the hospital. Someone stayed with me the entire time at the hospital (I was alone) until I was put into an ER room.

ASM’s Laura McHugh Initiates Annual Coat Drive

Manchester- In early December, Ambulance Service of Manchester employee, Laura McHugh, motivated by her experience as a road crew EMT, took it upon herself to set fourth an annual coat drive to benefit MACC and HVCC local charities. She describes her inspiration for setting things in motion in the note below.

Despite participating in “Stuff a Cruiser” and “Emergency for Hunger” for the past couple of years, I still felt there was more that I could be doing for my community. While on calls, I was constantly disheartened by seeing not only patients, but their family members, and even bystanders without seasonally appropriate clothing. It constantly left me wondering how I could help. Earlier this year while going through winter clothes, I realized I had more than I needed for my family and decided to donate what I could. With the help of Patrick Gleason,  Ambulance Service of Manchester employees  have begun collecting new and gently used jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves. Donating an old winter jacket could be a small gesture from us, however, this could make a world of a difference to someone in our community. Please help us “Give the Gift of Warmth.”

CT Children’s and State Police Toy Drive in Pictures – 2017

The 2017 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. The Toy Drive took place December 14th-17th at Toys R Us locations in Manchester, Newington and West Hartford and brings in cash donations and toys for children treated at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center locations through out the year.

ASM Director of Operations Receives Patriotic Employer Award

MANCHESTER- On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 Ambulance Service of Manchester Director of Operations, Stephen Conley was recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Nominated by United States Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class, and ASM EMT Charles Lodge, the award was presented by a member of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Past and present members of every military branch work here at ASM. Their level of dedication and commitment is evident on a daily basis. ASM is honored to accommodate these individuals but more importantly, proud to have such devoted professionals on staff.

Aetna Newsletter, Volume 3

Aetna Ambulance Service is happy to release the third 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!

No Shave November Results!

ASM is proud to announce the winners of the first annual No Shave November competition. Please join us in congratulating Team Captain Mikhail Uddin and Alternate Charlie Lodge.

Team Captain

 

Runner Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause and partook in this event. With all of your generous contributions, Team ASM/Aetna was able to raise $635 to support Men’s Health!