11th Annual Emergency of Hunger Food Drive!

HARTFORD COURANT

by Jesse Leavenworth

Kyle Caldwell, left, and Dave Tedeschi, emergency medical technicians with Ambulance Service of Manchester, at the 2013 Emergency of Hunger Food Drive.

Kyle Caldwell, left, and Dave Tedeschi, emergency medical technicians with Ambulance Service of Manchester, at the 2013 Emergency of Hunger Food Drive. (Courtesy of Ambulance Service of Manchester)

First responders and other volunteers in Manchester, South Windsor and Vernon will be collecting food and cash donations to stock area food pantries, starting in Manchester on Saturday and Sunday.

Coordinated by the Ambulance Service of Manchester, the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive is in its 11th year. This year, Highland Park Market is joining the effort, hosting collections at the Manchester store, food drive spokesman Patrick Gleason said.

Along with police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews, participants include the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, Hockanum Valley Community Council, South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, Police Explorers and Rotary Club members.

On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will be collecting turkeys, chickens, non-perishable food items, cash and gift cards at Highland Park Market, 317 Highland St., and Stop & Shop supermarket, 318 West Middle Turnpike. Collections on both days are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Collections are to continue on Nov. 23 and 24 at both Manchester locations and at the South Windsor Stop & Shop, 1739 Ellington Road; Geissler’s supermarket in South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave.; Stop & Shop in Vernon, 10 Pitkin Road; and the Stop & Shop in the Rockville section of Vernon, 50 Windsorville Road.

Jesse Leavenworth can be reached at jleavenworth@courant.com

ASM Visits SWFD for School Visit

SOUTH WINDSOR – On Monday, November 11, 2019 ASM EMT’s Jenna Kinghorn and Justin Craig visited Station 3 of South Windsor Fire Department to assist the FD with a local school visit. During the event, over 80 2nd grade children participated in a discussion covering both medical and fire related emergencies and had the opportunity to tour the ambulance and fire apparatuses.

ASM Partners with Pathways Academy of Technology and Design

EAST HARTFORD – On Tuesday, November 5th ASM partnered with the students and faculty from Pathways Academy of Technology and Design. The team received points towards the next competition by participating in this safety related course. ASM is a proud sponsor of the 2019/2020 “Birds of Prey” robotics team season.

No Shave November 2019!

No Shave November is officially here! ASM and Aetna are encouraging employees to put down their razors in an effort to raise awareness for men’s health!

Official Rules for Team ASM-Aetna

  • Road personnel are required to follow all OSHA requirements and adhere to the grooming policies outlined in the ASM and Aetna employee manuals.
  • One “Beard” Team Captain from ASM and one “Beard” Team Captain from Aetna will be selected based on popular vote at month end.
  • Alternates from each company will selected following results in the same fashion.
  • Anonymous votes will be collected inside dispatch at 10-1 for ASM and Station A for Aetna.
  • Prizes for the four respective winners will be distributed by the management team in early December.
  • ASM and Aetna will be contributing to the Movember Foundation at the end of the month.Employees, family members and friendshave the opportunity to contribute as well by following the link to Team ASM-Aetna provided below.

To learn more about the cause and donate to the Movember Foundation please:

CLICK HERE!

ASM Hosts Ebola and Emerging Infectious Disease Course

MANCHESTER- On October 21st and 22nd, Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted NETEC (National Ebola Training and Education Center) for a one day program designed for Emergency Medical Services. This program teaches the participant how to identify a potentially infectious patient and how to safely handle and transport them.  During the class, participants learned how to prepare their ambulance and how to properly don and doff protective gear, including the PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator). Multiple agencies participated in this training and ASM would like to thank the Connecticut Department of Public Health for sponsoring it. For more information on NETEC, please CLICK HERE.

ASM Blood Drive Results

MANCHESTER- On Monday October 14th, 2019 Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted its fourth American Red Cross Blood Drive at ASM’s headquarters. Numerous employees, friends, family, and community members participated in the day-long event. ASM has 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!

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A note from the Red Cross:

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Orlando Diaz Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of October 10th 2019, ASM’s Orlando Diaz has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Orlando was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in February 2017. He offered the following sentiment:

“Precepting with ASM was truly an unbelievable experience. ASM covers a large area, which opened up great opportunities for newer Paramedics, like myself. Learning how to work with volunteers and managing a scene appropriately was one of my favorite parts of precepting. I also appreciated the time my preceptors took to share their experiences. I look forward to being cleared for independent medical control, as well as continuing to learn while providing the best possible care for my patients.”

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

ASM & Aetna Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer-2019

Year three fundraising for Team ASM-Aetna was a great success. Through the efforts of our employees, family members, and friends, we were able to raise a total of $2,280 for Breast Cancer Research. In addition, Team ASM-Aetna returned for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk this past Sunday, at Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford. Thank you to everyone involved for your generous contributions and dedication to the cause.


Team ASM-Aetna at Greater Hartford Walk to Defeat ALS

EAST HARTFORD- On Sunday, September 29th, employees, friends and family members from Aetna Ambulance Service and Ambulance Service of Manchester volunteered at the 2019 Greater Hartford Walk to Defeat ALS. The event was held at Rentschler Field. Team ASM-Aetna members worked in registration and in the food and refreshment booths to support walkers and assist with the day’s overall success.

ASM Profiled in Hartford Courant for 60th Anniversary

Please see below or click here for the full article by Hartford Courant Report Jesse Leavenworth.

Sean Norton, an Ambulance Service of Manchester operations supervisor, talks to visitors during ASM’s 60th anniversary celebration Tuesday. (Jesse Leavenworth/The Hartford Courant)

From a single “hearse-style” wagon and a crew of three in 1959, Ambulance Service of Manchester has grown to 190 employees and 30 ambulances serving the area from East Hartford to Stafford Springs.

On Tuesday, police officers and firefighters who work with the mobile medical crews joined other visitors at ASM’s cavernous headquarters on New State Road to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary.

Paramedics and emergency medical technicians stood by to describe ambulance and equipment displays. ASM has updated its fleet with new Mercedes vans, replacing box-style ambulances. Four of the new vehicles are longer and sturdier, equipped to lift and transport patients who weigh up to 750 pounds. ASM also recently acquired two “stair chairs,” which allow crews to more easily carry patients up and down stairs. Along with heavier patients, ASM crews also have been dealing with an increase in drug overdoses and mentally ill patients, officials said.

Paramedic Chris Myska demonstrates a medication injection in ASM’s training room. (Jesse Leavenworth/The Hartford Courant)

ASM and Aetna Ambulance Service are sister companies headed by president and CEO Kim Aroh. Asked about the companies’ biggest challenges today, Aroh cited operating costs, such as the recent $300,000 expense to equip all ambulances with digital radios. The companies strive for modest growth each year, she said, but reimbursement rates from Medicare and Medicaid have been flat for a decade.

Besides maintaining equipment and keeping up with changes in life-saving technology, another priority, Aroh said, is to encourage workers’ participation in fun events such as a polar plunge fundraiser _ which benefits the community and the employees. Ambulance crews, she noted, regularly have to handle traumatic scenes.

“They see so many tough things,” Aroh said.

Visitors and ASM employees at the celebration inside the company’s headquarters on New State Road. (Jesse Leavenworth/The Hartford Courant)

ASM started as Manchester Ambulance with three men _ J. Stewart Johnston, Thomas Carpenter and Roger Talbot Sr. _ who were based at a local auto dealership, according to its website _ www.ambulanceservicemanchester.com. The outfit moved to a three-bay garage at 134 Center St. in 1969 and its territory expanded to include East Hartford and Bolton.

Today, company spokesman Patrick Gleason said, ASM and Aetna serve about 1.2 million people.

Jesse Leavenworth can be reached at jleavenworth@courant.com

ASM Attends Bowers Elementary School Career Day

MANCHESTER- On September 20th, 2019 Bowers Elementary School hosted their annual Touch-A-Truck event. Ambulance Service of Manchester EMT’s Philip Zetterstrom and Danielle Kamenskiy gave tours to the students and treated a special patient, “Chompers” the Yard Goats mascot.

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: ASM Hires Eight – 2019

MANCHESTER — On September 9th, 2019 seven EMTs and one Paramedic 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.