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.

ASM Participates in ECHN Staff Recognition Parade

On Friday April 23rd, 2020, Ambulance Service of Manchester attended a hospital recognition parade to demonstrate appreciation for employees of ECHN. A procession nearly 60 vehicles traveled to Manchester Memorial Hospital at 9:45am to honor front-line hospital workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASM Participates in WCMH Staff Recognition Parade

On Friday April 17th, 2020, Ambulance Service of Manchester attended a hospital recognition parade to demonstrate appreciation for employees of Windham Hospital. Several local first responder agencies displayed their support for hospital staff members working day and night on the front lines of the pandemic.

ASM Gets a Surprise From Highland Park Market

On Thursday April 2nd, 2020 Molly Devanney from Highland Park Market dropped off a freezer full of ice cream at ASM. Molly and other staff at Highland Park wanted to show their appreciation for First Responders during these difficult times. Thank you for thinking of us!

Words That Describe Us

MANCHESTER and HARTFORD —Aetna Ambulance and ASM send Patient and Customer Satisfaction Surveys to a random sampling of patients who have received emergency or STAT inter-facility services from our companies.

The final part of the survey asks that the respondent, “Please use a word or phrase to describe us and/or the ambulance crew.”

Some of the most recent answers and responses provided in the survey responses include the following:

  • Comforting
  • Professional
  • Caring
  • Courteous
  • Excellent
  • Aware
  • Amazing
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive
  • Respectful
  • Great
  • Thorough
  • Competent

ECHN Case Review at ASM

On Monday, March 9th 2020, ECHN hosted a CME Patient Case Review for area EMS professionals at the Ambulance Service of Manchester. Dr. James Castellone, MBA, FACEP and EMS Medical Director also presented Paramedic Greg Derosier and EMT Manuela Sarles with a pin and certificate of excellence for a recent cardiac arrest save. Thank you to all who attended and participated in the event!

ASM Attends Bennet Academy for Career Day

MANCHESTER — On March 11th, 2020, ASM’s Cheryl Everest and Matthew Kleza attended Bennet Academy’s Career Day to speak with 5th and 6th grade children about career opportunities as EMT’s and Paramedics. The students rotated through a number of stations in small groups and were able to ask questions and spend time in the areas that interested them. Members of Manchester Police Department and Manchester Fire & Rescue EMS were also in attendance. If interested in a career in EMS while attending Manchester High School, the students will be able to enroll in the EMT program hosted by ASM’s education department in conjunction with MFRE.

ASM Receives Visit From SW Chamber of Commerce

SOUTH WINDSOR: On March 5th, 2020, South Windsor Chamber of Commerce was generous enough to provide our crew members with a break from their daily routine with a slice of pizza. The Chamber members visited ASM’s headquarters to demonstrate their support for local emergency medical service personnel.

ASM Participates in Local Career Day

MANCHESTER- On February 11th, 2020 Ambulance Service of Manchester’s Sean Gregg participated in “Career Day” at the Manchester KinderCare. Organized by the Center Director, the day encouraged kids to ask questions and learn about all the different jobs that they could pursue in the future. 

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 Participates in Manchester’s Early Childhood Fair, 2020!

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.