Meet the Newest Members of the Team: ASM Hires Four – 2020

MANCHESTER — On August 10th, 2020, four 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.

From left to right: Rhys Evans, Mimi Sillman, Brianna Illingworth, Aubrey-Ana Clark

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Spencer Shirshac Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of May 5th, 2020, ASM’s Spencer Shirshac has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Spencer was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in June of 2011 and completed his Paramedic training at Capital Community College. Spencer’s preceptors were Paramedic Supervisor Josh Traber and Paramedic Scott Crittenden.

On behalf of the ASM Family, we would like to wish Spencer the best of luck and say we are very proud to have such skilled professionals on staff.

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Nora Young Completes Precepting Phase

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.

ASM Hosts MCSC Meeting

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

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MCSC

ASM hosts “East of the River Network Meeting”

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.

CT Children’s and State Police Toy Drive in Pictures – 2019

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.

Ambulance Service of Manchester Launches New Website!

We are thrilled to announce that our new website https://ambulanceservicemanchester.com/ is live.  In addition to providing a fresh new look, our main goal was to provide a single location for our users to:

  • Sign up for training and education classes
  • Apply for a job
  • Pay your bill
  • Promote community events
  • Read all our latest blog posts
  • Learn more about what Ambulance Service of Manchester has to offer

Thank you to E Circle Marketing for all your help in guiding us through this process.

Team ASM-Aetna Supports World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Team ASM-Aetna, under direction of our Reimbursement Manager and Chair of PurpleStride CT ( Affiliate of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network), Amy Griskus, wore purple today to help raise awareness about the disease. To learn more about World Pancreatic Cancer today, CLICK HERE. Don’t forget to register for the PurpleStride Run/Walk this coming June. More information to come once event registration opens!

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

Meet the Newest Members of the Team: Aetna Hires Six – 2019

HARTFORD — On October 16th, 2019, one paramedic and five 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.

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 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

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.