Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Michael Santiana Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of March 29th 2019, ASM’s Michael Santiana has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Michael was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in December 2017. He offered the following sentiment:

“I have been at ASM for a little over a year and am truly thrilled to advance towards the next chapter in my EMS career. I am eternally grateful for all the time both Tim Lachappelle and Bob O’Neil dedicated toward molding me into an advanced level provider. Their differing styles of practicing medicine helped me develop my own techniques as well as the ever-important ability to think critically while on scene. I’m excited to apply their teachings related to emergencies and high acuity transfers when I encounter them on my solo shifts. My precepting experience has been incredibly informative and I am excited that I am now cleared for independent dispatch.”

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

ASM Participates in Manchester Senior Health Fair

MANCHESTER- On Thursday March 28th, 2019 the Ambulance Service of Manchester participated in Manchester Health Department’s Senior Health Fair. Over 40 organizations took part in this event offering services and demonstrations to hundreds of seniors within the community. ASM’s Sean Gregg and Matthew Kleza spent the afternoon fielding questions and interacting with participants like long time Senior Center Volunteer Earl Parent, featured in the picture above.

ASM Attends MHS Career Fair

MANCHESTER- On March 28th, 2019 Ambulance Service of Manchester EMTs Themalina Nisyrios and Philip Zetterstrom attended Manchester High Schools Spring Career Fair. The team fielded questions related to job opportunities in the EMS field while interacting with students and staff. This year’s event was attended by over 30 local agencies and businesses.

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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.