Utilizing Technology to Improve Patient Outcomes

I think one of the greatest things about being a paramedic at the Ambulance Service of Manchester is having access to some of the highest quality equipment, paired with advanced level high fidelity training. For example, we are one of the only services in the State of Connecticut whom supplies a multimode ventilator with BiPAP capabilities on every single paramedic level ambulance and fly-car.  These advanced ventilators allow us not only to provide high-quality advanced critical care interfacility transports but also allow us to provide ICU level care in the field to our high acuity emergent patients in any of the communities in which we serve.

Cody Lemire, Paramedic

ASM & Aetna Engage FOAMfrat for Continuing Education

FOAMfrat is excited to add Ambulance Service of Manchester & Aetna Ambulance Service to our team of corporate partners. Sam and I are extremely impressed with the drive for clinical excellence seen in our interactions with both of these programs. Our team looks forward to working with you this year!

Welcome to the team ASM & Aetna!

https://www.foamfrat.com/partner

The Emergency of Hunger Food Drive


Manchester and South Windsor first responders to collect donated food

By JESSE LEAVENWORTH

HARTFORD COURANT |

NOV 10, 2020 AT 5:57 PM

Volunteers with the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive unload donations from an ambulance at MACC Charities in Manchester.

Volunteers with the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive unload donations from an ambulance at MACC Charities in Manchester. (Courtesy of Patrick Gleason/ASM)

MANCHESTER — Police, firefighters and ambulance crews will team up with other organizations for the Emergency of Hunger Food Drive benefiting food pantries in Manchester and South Windsor.

This weekend and next, volunteers will collect donated turkeys, nonperishable food items, gift cards and cash donations at supermarkets in both towns.

Organized by the Ambulance Service of Manchester, this is the 12th annual drive. All donations will go to Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charities, which runs a community kitchen and food pantry, and South Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, drive spokesman Patrick Gleason of ASM said Tuesday.

The collection is “very critical this year,” MACC Charities Executive Director Beth Stafford said.

“Need is up and more and more ‘new’ families are looking for help with food, especially holiday meals,” Stafford said.

The South Windsor Fuel and Food Bank is run through the town’s human services department. The annual food drive stocks the pantry’s shelves for the winter months, department Director Andrea Cofrancesco said.

The need for donations in South Windsor also has increased, in part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Cofrancesco said.

“We’ve seen people that we’ve never seen before. They’re in a different situation now than they were,” she said.

Partners in the effort include Manchester and South Windsor police and fire departments, Highland Park Market, Stop & Shop supermarkets, Geissler’s Supermarket, Manchester Police Explorers, South Windsor Rotary Club and Harbor Chase at Evergreen Walk.

Collection places and times are: Highland Park Market, 317 Highland St., Manchester, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stop & Shop in Manchester, 318 West Middle Turnpike, Saturday and Sunday and Nov. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Stop & Shop in South Windsor, 1739 Ellington Road, Nov. 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Geissler’s Supermarket, South Windsor, 965 Sullivan Ave., Nov. 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jesse Leavenworth can be reached at jleavenworth@courant.com

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.