MANCHESTER- On Saturday May 11th, Ambulance Service of Manchester and Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC) worked together with the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) for a local charity event. Postal workers collected food donations left by mailboxes all across the town of Manchester. The collected food was brought back to the Sheldon Road Post Office where ASM employees then transported the donations to MACC food pantry on Main Street. ASM staff helped unload and sort all of the donations along with local volunteers. Over the 25 year history of this event, more than 1 Billion pounds of food have been collected nationally.
In mid may, Aetna Ambulance Service EMT, Matt Flynn and Field Supervisor Bob Mara, joined forces with the CCMC Trauma Injury Prevention Team to connect with 100 students from the CREC School in Bloomfield. The visit focused on teaching kids the value of 911 and how children can be part of the solution during a medical emergencies. Safe Kids Week, May 5-12, 2019, is a time to celebrate kids, prevent injuries and save lives.
HARTFORD- In mid may, Hartford Hospital Trauma Department, CESI and Aetna Ambulance Service teamed up to provide ‘Stop the Bleed” awareness training. As provided by the Department of Homeland Security, “Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.”
Aetna’s Matt Campbell, along with members of the CESI and Hartford Healthcare Trauma Teams spent the afternoon demonstrating how to properly apply a tourniquet. For a link to a News 8 segment outlining the event, please CLICK HERE!
HARTFORD — On May 20th, 2019, two EMTs and 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.
Humza Hashmi: FULL TIME, EMT. Hello! I’m Humza Hashmi and I graduated from UConn this spring with a degree in Physiology. I’m especially excited to work at Aetna because I’ve been itching to live a real life and do real healthcare after spending the last few years in classes. My grand plan in life has me pursuing medicine or paramedicine in the vague future but I am perfectly happy staying away from school for a few years.
Alexander Roof: FULL TIME, EMT. Hello, my name is Alex Roof. I have worked as an EMT-B for the last 2 years in Danbury and Southbury. I look forward to starting my career with Aetna Ambulance and my goal is to work towards becoming a paramedic. I look forward to meeting my new work family and beginning this new adventure!
HARTFORD- On May 16th, 2019, Aetna Paramedics Jay Braman and Emma Becroft spent the morning at Naylor School for career day. Jay and Emma spoke with roughly 100 eager 7th and 8th graders about a different career possibilities in the EMS field. Hartford Fire Department and U.S. Army Recruiters also attended as students, teachers, and even parents joined in the conversation.
MANCHESTER — On May 13th, 2019 five 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.
Kayla Katt: FULL TIME, EMT. My name is Kayla Katt. I am 24 yrs old and am from New York, originally, but moved to Connecticut 6 yrs ago to get my Bachelors in Biology from the University of New Haven. I gained my love for EMS when I attended my EMT course in efforts to complete prerequisites to attend PA school. After getting a taste of EMS and serving my surrounding community, I haven’t been able to leave. I am an enlisted member in the Connecticut Air National Guard and I am in the most recent graduating class of paramedics from Capital Community College. I look forward to taking advantage of the experience being provided to me and becoming the best provider possible.
Kenneth Shaffer: FULL TIME, EMT.My name is Kenneth Shaffer, I am 26 years old. I have been an EMT going on 2 years. I fell in love with EMS after seeing parents serve the community as EMT’s as I grew up. I am currently in paramedic school looking to one day become a Firefighter Paramedic. I look forward to the experience and knowledge I will obtain here at ASM.
Stephen Michna: FULLTIME, EMT. Hi there, my name is Stephen and I have served as an EMT since 2006. I worked for a private service in the Boston area for 3 years and have been a member of Harwinton Volunteer Ambulance for 7 years. I enjoy the opportunity to serve my community, and have wanted to be an EMT since I was 8 years old. I also have a background in engineering, and spent several years living in Germany working with wind turbines. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and riding motorcycles. I look forward to joining ASM!
Anthony Freitas. FULL TIME, EMT. Hello my name is Anthony Freitas, I am 22 years old from Marlborough, CT. Apart from working out and traveling, pursuing a medical career has been my dream forever. I grew up listening to hospital drama during family dinners and events. Becoming a cardiac monitor technician at St. Francis Hospital, I began to hear and learn more about the medical field, leading me to pursue a profession in healthcare. Currently I am taking classes to become a Physicians Assistant, while obtaining patient contact hours as an EMT. New to EMS, I was fortunate enough to become another team member of a proud and respected company such as ASM. I look forward to learning not only how to do things right, but to do things better than “by the book”. Through experiences and training with ASM, I will become a valued teammate and responder.
Danielle Kamenskiy: FULL TIME, EMT.My name is Danielle Kamenskiy and I am 22 years old. I grew up in Simsbury, but am now living in Vernon. I am a recent graduate of UConn with a degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology, and am hoping to become an ophthalmologist in the future. I obtained my EMT-B certification through CPR Training Professionals. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors or spending time with family and friends. I am passionate about helping others, and I look forward to working with ASM to make a positive impact on my community.
MANCHESTER — On May 15th, 2019, ASM’s Gregory Derosier 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. Moreover, Greg has been an instrumental piece of ASM’s education and community relations programs. He has developed into a role model for health care professionals and continues to positively influence everyone he interacts with.
Greg expressed his gratitude for the well-deserved promotion by stating the following:
“I received so many text and e-mails from all of you congratulating me; thank you all so much. I have worked for ASM for nearly three decades and seen more than a few changes; one constant has been the friendship and camaraderie of my coworkers. I have been blessed to work with some of the most compassionate, devoted and brightest people. I have had the opportunity to precept employees who have continued to become physicians, PA’s, nurses and managers both here at ASM and abroad. I look forward to working with everyone at ASM and maintaining a kinship so that we may all grow. Working together we are better as individuals and as a company.”
On behalf of the ASM family we would like to congratulate Greg on his promotion and look forward to great things from him.
The “National EMS Memorial Bike Ride” is a long distance bicycle ride from Boston to Washington D.C. every May comprised mainly of EMTs and Paramedics who ride for EMS Line of Duty Deaths and Legacy. Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted approximately 130 riders and support staff on Mother’s Day, May 12th 2019. Bicyclists traveled from Sturbridge Massachusetts to ASM in cold weather rain and even hail during this leg of their journey. When they arrived at ASM, employees pulled together providing a home cooked lunch, hot coffee and blankets as a safe haven from the unsettling weather.
A special thanks to Ambulance Service of Manchester employees Briyanna Decaprio, Michael Sparks, Mike Makulis, Matt Kleeza, Josh Traber, Adam Fine, and Carolyn Edwards. All went above and beyond to provide food, fuel and encouragement to the deserving riders and supporters. We look forward to next year’s ride!
Orientation (May 10) – Boston in the evening
Day 1 (May 11) – Boston, MA to Sturbridge, MA
Day 2 (May 12) – Sturbridge, MA to New Haven, CT
Day 3 (May 13) – New Haven, CT to Yonkers, NY
Day 4 (May 14) – Yonkers, NY to Princeton, NJ
Day 5 (May 15) – Princeton, NJ to Wilmington, DE
Day 6 (May 16) – Wilmington, DE to Annapolis, MD (join Southern)
Day 7 (May 17) – Annapolis, MD to National Harbor, MD
National EMS Memorial Service at National Harbor May 18, 2019
For additional information please visit www.muddyangels.org
Ambulance Service of Manchester appeared in a Fox 61 news article and segment this past Monday evening alongside Manchester Fire Rescue EMS. Please see below to read the article and click here view the segment by Reporter Jim Altman.
MANCHESTER – You could say they are taking a page from the Nascar playbook because the Manchester Fire Department, joined by the Ambulance Service of Manchester takes a bit of a left turn when it comes to their C-P-R training.
Officially, Battalion Chief Josh Beaulieu, calls it the “Pit Crew Model for Cardiac Arrest Management”, but in life-saving circles it’s known simply as “Pit Crew CPR”. Much like how a racing crew feverishly tends to a car in the pits, so do Manchester Firefighters when it comes to responding to a cardiac arrest patient.
“Everybody has a role,” Beaulieu said. “Those roles might be compressions, it might be the person assigned to deal with the family, it might be the person managing the airway and breathing for the patient.”
Chief Beaulieu, a 21 year vet of the department, added that the town of Manchester has been supportive in providing resources when responding to cardiac arrest calls – as many as ten first responders can answer a life-saving call. He said, “a cardiac arrest requires a lot of work and a lot of hands to save someone’s life and that’s exactly what we are doing.”
MANCHESTER- On Wednesday May 1st, 2019 Team ASM-Aetna hosted its third American Red Cross Blood Drive at ASM’s headquarters. Numerous employees, friends, and family members participated in the day-long event. Aetna and ASM have committed to hosting a drive at least twice a year. Thank you to all of the new and returning donors and we look forward to the next event!
A note from Red Cross Account Manager for Donor Recruitment
Alissa Haight Aguda:
“ASM smashed it out of the park on Wednesday. To recap our results we had 30 presenting donors, 3 deferrals for a grand total of 27 successful donations. This will ultimately help 91 hospital patients in need of blood plasma and platelets!”
“Thank you so much again for your dedication to the American Red Cross!”
On Saturday April 27th, students from Manchester High School participated in a hands-on extrication and transport exercise as part of their EMT-Basic program. The course, taught by Ambulance Service of Manchester and Manchester Fire Rescue EMS, has 18 committed students, all of whom were able to observe the process of extrication, practice removing victims from a bus and car, and render necessary care on a simulation manikin while in a moving ambulance. The “extrication drill” day is always one of the highlights of an EMT program.
MANCHESTER- On Saturday April 27th, 2019, Ambulance Service of Manchester employees, friends and family members participated in the Town of Manchester’s 27th annual Rebuilding Together Event. This “First-Responder Group” made up only a small portion of volunteers as nearly 1200 individuals registered for the work day. Part of a National non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together was formed with the goal of “bringing communities together in efforts to assist those in need of general home repair and improvements.” This year, ASM teamed up with Manchester Police Department to work on two main projects at different locations.
On Thursday April 25th, 2019 Ambulance Service of Manchester’s Bianca Krzynowek and Andrew Hedburg presented the basics of Emergency Medical Services and gave ambulance tours to local Girl Scout Troop 10646. (Picture approved by Troop Leader).
HARTFORD – As of April 9th, 2019, Aidan Mace has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves. Aidan started at Aetna in November of 2018. His preceptor was Paramedic Dan Hope. He offered the following sentiment:
“I recently finished up my paramedic program at Capital Community College. I started as an EMT with AMR, worked at Glastonbury EMS, and am very excited that I’m a part of the Aetna Team since November. The environment at Aetna is very conducive to someone who wants to learn as much as possible. My preceptor, Dan Hope is a wealth of knowledge and I was fortunate enough to see a variety of situations with each of them during my weeks of precepting.”
As with all precepting phases at Aetna, Aidan’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 Aidan the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.