Cleared for Independent Dispatch: ASM’s Amie Lacasse Completes Precepting Phase

MANCHESTER – As of July 8th, 2020, ASM’s Amie Lacasse has been cleared by Eastern Connecticut Health Network medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that ASM serves. Amie was hired at the Ambulance Service of Manchester in December of 2017 and completed her Paramedic training through Capital Community Colleges Paramedic Program. Amie’s preceptors were Paramedic Supervisor Bob O’Neil and Paramedic Dave White.

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

Aetna Celebrates 75 Years

Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc. was founded in 1945 by the remarkable Grady brothers in response to the Hartford Circus Fire on July 6, 1944, a tragedy that claimed over 100 lives and injured hundreds. Brothers Herman and Howard Grady later joined by their wives Jean and Ethel Grady founded the company, creating one of the first minority-owned ambulance services in the country. The successful business has continued to fulfill a vital public service while retaining it’s rich diversity and exceptional medical care. It is a point of pride for Aetna employees we continue this tradition to the present day. uAt a time when World War ll was still in progress, the arrival of the Barnum and Bailey Circus was a big event with no exception to the city of Hartford. The attraction provided excitement in difficult times. The crowd was made up of mostly women and children as many of the men were away fighting in the war. The large Circus tents were set up on Barbour Street in Hartford. At the time the tents were made out of canvas and it was common to use paraffin, a combustible material, to make them water repellent. The fire led to the national prohibition of canvas tents coated with paraffin. uBrothers Herman and Howard Grady had both been Corpsmen in the Navy where they trained in first aid that would prove valuable in treating and caring for the injured. The Grady Family owned a flower shop on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford and would later run Aetna Ambulance out of their family home. At a time before television, people listened to the radio and when word of the fire was announced, a call went out for anyone with a truck or vehicle to respond to the scene to help transport the injured to the hospital. The Grady family immediately used their delivery van to assist and transported many. The Grady Family was deeply moved by the tragic event and the great loss of life in the Circus fire. They recognized a need for a full-time ambulance company in Hartford and went on to start their own in 1945, more than 10 years before the civil rights movement took hold in America. They possessed a deep commitment to help those in need, commonly being called out of family events, holiday dinners in inclement weather. The Grady’s also taught first aid classes to help educate others and serve their community. Aetna is proud of its dedication to Emergency Medical Services and it’s distinction in medical transportation.

ASM Receives Thanks During EMS Week!

ASM would like to thank Kevin McMahon and Community Child Guidance Clinic (CCGC) for providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the crews this past Tuesday. This was a great surprise, especially during EMS week. Over the last year, ASM has developed a partnership with CCGC to improve the relationships with both students and faculty. CCGC supports children with emotional and behavior issues by providing special education day school and a system of child and family-focused mental health services.

Thank you for thinking of us CCGC and Happy EMS Week to all!

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 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

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 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.

Love our First Responders Event in Manchester

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.