Mercedes Bariatric Ambulances Arrive for Duty at Aetna and ASM

HARTFORD and MANCHESTER, Connecticut — Recently Aetna Ambulance Service and the Ambulance Service of Manchester took delivery of two new bariatric Mercedes Sprinter Ambulances from American Emergency Vehicles (AEV) increasing the overall bariatric fleet to four vehicles. The new ambulances have an upgraded design with a longer wheel base and larger load capacity. ASM and Aetna firmly believe that the ergonomic advancements will improve both patient care and comfort. As with our previous bariatric ambulances, each new unit is equipped with Stryker Power-LOAD stretcher lift systems capable of lifting a maximum patient weight of 700 pounds. Fitting our bariatric vehicles with the Power-LOAD stretcher lift system is part of Aetna and ASM’s long-term commitment to the safety of our patients and employees. 

Praise for Aetna Paramedics

Aetna Ambulance Service Paramedics Dan Hope Emma Becroft were recognized yesterday by Hartford Hospital for their outstanding performance while assessing and transporting a patient in late August. While in the midst of the precepting process, Dan and Emma responded to a call in the city. Their assessment included a 12-lead EKG which was indicative of a STEMI. The crew wirelessly transmitted the 12-lead EKG to Hartford Hospital, activating their cardiac catherization lab from the field. Both team members received jackets from the Hartford Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute (displayed above). Please join Aetna in congratulating Emma and Dan.

Extreme Heat Warning

Occasionally we will share severe weather information consequential to public health, public safety and EMS response. Below is a warning issued by the National Weather Service.

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS

MORNING TO 9 PM EDT WEDNESDAY…

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…100 to 105 degrees.

* TIMING…Today and Wednesday.

* IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during

outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

* LOCATION…Parts of the Connecticut River Valley and most of

eastern Massachusetts, especially in urban areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When

possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or

evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat

stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when

possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and

health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks

in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by

heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke

is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in

vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during

warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal

temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: Aetna Hires Eight – 2018

HARTFORD — On August 20th, 2018, two Paramedics, and six EMTs 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.


Jaymine Patel: FULL TIME, PARAMEDIC. Hi, my name is Jaymine, usually go by Jay. I live in Manchester and  I am finishing up medic school at Capital. I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology from UConn in 2015. I’ve been an EMT for roughly 4 years now and currently an EMT in Vernon, Manchester and Wethersfield and worked as a tech at Rockville Hospital. I’m very excited to start working for Aetna and being part of the team.


Michael D’Arcy: FULL TIME, EMT. Hello I’m Michael D’Arcy. I’m 22 years old and live in West Hartford, CT. I recently graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Conflict Resolution. I played soccer in college and I also worked as the university’s mascot, Chuck the Colonial. My ultimate goal is to go to graduate school to be a Physician’s Assistant.

 


Brian Gauthier: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Brain Gauthier, and I am from Middletown, CT. I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s of Science in criminal justice and minor in business administration.  My future career goal is to become a paramedic. In my free time I volunteer at Westfield Fire Department as an EMT. I also enjoy going to the beach, gym, and all things sports. I look forward to working with all of you!

 


Luke McNaboe: PART TIME, EMT. My name is Luke McNaboe, and I am from Burlington CT. I studied Environmental Engineering at UConn, and worked in hydrology research for 3 years. I had great mentors and worked on interesting projects, but I wanted a career where I could make a real positive difference for all kinds of people. This spring, I completed EMT training at Code 1 in East Hartford. I’m thankful for this opportunity to learn about emergency medicine and look forward to taking care of any patients I may have. In the long term, I hope to become a doctor. I’m excited to meet new people who are also passionate about EMS and serving the community.


Nicole Rosario: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi, my name is Nicole Rosario and I have lived in CT all my life. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resources and an Associate’s degree in Medical Assisting. I worked in the corporate world for over 11 years, however, my love for helping people brought me into healthcare. My future plan is to become a nurse. When I am not at work, I am spending time with my son and daughter. I am looking forward to working at Aetna and the experiences it will bring me.


Wayne Buckley: PART TIME, EMT. Hi, my name is Wayne Buckley. I was hired part time as an EMT-B. I have been an EMT with Rocky Hill for the past five years, and Glastonbury for the past year. I’m currently in the process of getting my paramedic, and I am eager to begin my career at Aetna Ambulance.

 

 

 


Chris Korzinski: FULL TIME, PARAMEDIC: Greetings, I’m Chris Korzinski, 38 years old, have been an EMT for 17 years, a police officer for over 10 years and I am finishing Paramedic School in the next few weeks. I am fluent in Polish, have been married for 14 years, and have two boys ages 7 and 10. I look forward to making my transition from New Britain EMS and starting my new endeavor here at Aetna.

 


Adrian Lopata: FULL TIME, EMT: 

My name is Adrian. I went through EMT school a few years ago and since have volunteered at a couple of services and worked full time at St. Francis Hospital. In the future I am highly considering Paramedic school.

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: Aetna’s David Rivera Completes Precepting Phase

HARTFORD – As of July 19th, 2018, David Rivera has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves. His preceptor was Paramedic Greg Kendall. David started at Aetna in March of 2015 and graduated from Capital Community College Paramedic Program.

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

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: Aetna’s Jacob Brungard Completes Precepting Phase

HARTFORD – As of May 24th, 2018, Jacob Brungard has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves. His preceptor was Paramedic Mitch Karr. Jacob started at Aetna in August of 2013 and graduated from Capital Community College Paramedic Program.

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

Aetna & ASM take in Yard Goats Game

HARTFORD- Employees from Aetna Ambulance Service and the Ambulance Service of Manchester joined together on Sunday August 5th to unwind with friends and family at the Hartford Yard Goats game. Tickets are available to crews, dispatch, and office personnel on a first come first serve basis for the upcoming game on Wednesday August 29th for those interested. Thank you to Rich Luma for the photos provided.

Aetna Participates in 18th Annual Cruisin’ on Main Street Event

MANCHESTER- On August 5th, 2018 ASM and Aetna’s lead in-house Mechanic, John Myles proudly attended Manchester’s 18th annual Cruisin’ on Main Street Event with our fully restored 1970 Aetna Cadillac Ambulance. With assistance from full time mechanics Haris and Greg, the vehicle was refurbished, shined and fired up to cruise down Main Street once again. The ambulance joined roughly 1000 other classic cars, trucks and street rods to help raise money for the Manchester Scholarship Foundation. Since 2001, the show has hosted over 14,000 vehicles and over 400,000 people have attended. As John explains, people of all ages enjoyed viewing the ambulance as the vehicle consistently drew a crowd.

 

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: Aetna’s Jayson Braman Completes Precepting Phase

HARTFORD – As of July 11th, 2018, Jayson Braman has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves. His preceptor was Paramedic Matthew Campbell. He offered the following sentiment regarding his time at Aetna:

“I completed the paramedic program at New Britain EMS Academy and started my career in Wolcott with medical control out of St. Mary’s hospital in Waterbury, CT. Looking for a service area that was a faster pace to gain the most experience, I thought no better place than the capital city. I am excited to begin my career here at Aetna continuing to learn and grow as a paramedic. A special thanks to Matt Campbell as my preceptor for his help through the process.”


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

Aetna Visits Kids Charity Golf Event

In late July, Aetna Ambulance Service was on site at the Central CT Youth Hockey Association (CCYHA) charity golf tournament. CCYHA is a non-profit organization with the goal of assisting families in need of financial support. All proceeds from the event were donated towards the hardship fund.

Praise From Rocky Hill Fire Department

Rocky Hill Fire Department

Deputy Chief’s Office

RE:  EMS Response– July XX, 2018

To: Joe Grayeb, Chief Rocky Hill Volunteer Ambulance Association

Chief Grayeb,

“I would like to take a moment and commend the EMS Staff of Aetna Ambulance for their response to the [recent motor vehicle accident]. While the outcome was not successful for all the patients involved, the care provided by the crews from Aetna Ambulance was outstanding. They quickly determine the needs of the scene, allocated units to each patient and had the most critical patients en route to the hospital in a timely manner under extreme conditions.

I most cases EMS crews are never around to hear the praise that they deserve. I ask that you pass this information along to the appropriate people so in this case they receive the recognition they earned.”

Sincerely,

Mark C. Gentile

Deputy Chief

Aetna Participates in Community Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HARTFORD- On Monday, July 16th, 2018, Aetna Supervisor’s Bob Mara and Matt Campbell, along with EMT’s Alex Patetta and Shivani Patel were invited to attend an event at Templo Fe Church on Broad Street. The day encouraged kids (ages 3-12) to interact with EMS personnel in order to gain a sense of familiarity with first responders. Hartford Police and Fire Department are set to participate as well later in the week. Aetna staff members provided ambulance tours, posed for pictures and handed out coloring books to those in attendance.

 

Aetna’s Michael Bouley and Brandon Butler receive Thank You Letter

WETHERSFIELD — In late June, 2018, Aetna received another heartfelt Thank You letter directed to Paramedic Michael Bouley and EMT Brandon Butler. The card reads:

“Your EMT/Paramedic’s were very professional. They explained in full detail how they would carry me in a special chair down 14 stairs (I live in raised ranch). I felt very, very confident in their strength, calmness and positive attitude. If I have need in the future for transportation to the hospital, I would like your company to assist me. Thank you.”

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: Aetna Hires Four – 2018

HARTFORD — On June 25th, 2018, two EMTs, one Paramedic and one Dispatcher 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.


Hannah Knight: FULL TIME, EMT. Hi, my name is Hannah Knight I’m 24 (for a few more days), and I live in Norwich, CT. I have been an EMT and in commercial EMS for about a year and a half now and involved with several fire departments for the last 11 years! My goal is to start medic school in the next year or so. On my off time, I love going to the beach or pool. I’m very excited to start my career here with all of you!

 


Micah Davis: FULL TIME DISPATCHER/EMT. Hello I’m Micah Davis. I’m from West Hartford CT. I’m a volunteer EMT at Rocky Hill. Due to age requirements I’m blessed to get the opportunity to work as a Dispatcher at Aetna, and seek to extend my education all the way to paramedic school in future. My goal is to be the best part of someone’s worst day.

 


Monica Hildebrand: FULL TIME EMT. Hi, my name is Monica Hildebrand. I’m from Middletown, CT where I’ve lived for the past 16 years. I have been an EMT for 4 years. I’ve also been volunteering in Rocky Hill as an EMT for roughly the same amount of time. Additionally, I have worked at CCMC as an EEG tech and I’ve done home healthcare. Currently, I’m finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. My ultimate goal is to either go on to nursing or public health. I am very excited for the opportunity to work at Aetna!


Alex Patetta: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Alex Patetta, I am originally from New Jersey, but have lived in Connecticut for the last 5 years. I graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in International Business. I was a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey prior to coming to Connecticut. My future goal is to become a career firefighter. Outside of my intended career path, I enjoy focusing on a healthy lifestyle which includes working out and playing sports. I am very excited for this new opportunity as an EMT and look forward to the new experiences it will bring.