MANCHESTER – As of February 2nd, 2020, ASM’s Nora Young has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Nora was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in March of 2015 and completed her Paramedic training at New Britain EMS Academy. Nora’s preceptors were Paramedic Supervisor Josh Traber and Paramedic Dave White.
As with all precepting phases at ASM, Nora ’s final approval came from Eastern Connecticut Health Network after shadowing her in the field as they responded to emergency calls. On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Nora the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.
MANCHESTER — On February 22, 2020, ASM’s Kyle Caldwell and Sean Gregg participated in Manchester Youth Service Bureau’s Early Childhood Fair held at Manchester High School. Parents and kids had the opportunity to find out what resources are available for the upcoming year in Manchester. The fair is geared for kids from birth to 8 years old. ASM has participated in this event for nine consecutive years.
MANCHESTER — On Valentine’s Day, the staff and residents of Arbors of Hop Brook Retirement Community graciously hosted a “Love our First Responders” breakfast demonstrating their appreciation and respect for The Ambulance Service of Manchester, Manchester Police Department, and Manchester Fire Department. Mayor Jay Moran returned to this annual event as well while agency members took a to moment relax with staff and residents. In addition, The Arbors staff presented Phyllis DiGioia Honor Wellness with a check for their continued work providing First Responders with counseling services.
Manchester- On February 12th, 2020 Ambulance Service of Manchester’s Kayla Fortin and Danielle Chowaniec had the opportunity to work with Girl Scout Troop 10862. The girls learned about the 911 system, toured the ASM facility and worked towards their first aid badges. (Picture approved by parents and Troop Leaders).
South Windsor- On January 21st, 2020 Ambulance Service of Manchester’s Gregory Derosier had the opportunity to work with Girl Scout Troop 10912 from South Windsor. The troop enjoyed a tour of the building while Greg fielded questions from the visitors in the patient compartment of Alpha 11. (Pictures approved by parents and Troop Leaders).
The American Heart Association recently released an updated ACLS Experienced Provider curriculum. This program allows experienced paramedics to further expand their clinical knowledge using group discussion and research to “solve” cases presented to them. The course requires participants to pass a written exam and 3 practical stations. The class then moves onto the advanced content, which includes: Toxicology cases, Metabolic disturbances, Post-Resuscitation care, and complex Respiratory cases. This is the first time ASM has offered the program, and it was well-received by everyone involved. ASM plans on 2 more of these classes in 2020. See our website for details!
MANCHESTER – On January 9th, ASM hosted the Manchester Community Services Council Meeting. Over 30 people attended along with “Wonder” the Fidelco Guide dog in training. The Manchester Community Services Council, or MCSC, is dedicated to supporting community alliances that remove barriers to human services as a critical component for enhancing the quality of life for all Manchester residents. The goal of this monthly meeting is to:
Identify and discuss social service needs
Hear presentations by local experts
Network with like-minded peers and community members
Support scholarships for higher education and skills training
MANCHESTER- On January 8, 2020, the Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted the “East of the River Networking Group”. East of the River holds monthly events to showcase services that companies and non-profits offer to the community. Ambulance Service of Manchester hosted over 40 people and presented an overview of the 2019 Community Service events. Melissa Osborne, ASM’s Training & Quality Improvement Manager, was the keynote speaker and highlighted the Manchester Adult & Continuing Education “Emergency Medical Technician” (EMT) program offered at Manchester High School. ASM and Manchester Fire & Rescue collaborated to provide this opportunity for MHS students.
MANCHESTER-The half-way results are in for the third annual Coat Drive lead by ASM’s Laura McHugh. Office staff and Road Crews pitched in and rounded up gently used coats, gloves, scarves and hats for this end of year donation. Thus far, 32 jackets, 18 scarves, 25 hats and 59 pairs of gloves made their way into our community. All donations were delivered to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (M.A.C.C.) clothing store “Community Threads” located at 466 Main Street in Manchester.
The 2019 “Stuff a Cruiser” 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. Thank you to ASM and Aetna employees, friends and families for their continued involvement and dedication to this event.
MANCHESTER — On December 11th, 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.