Above and Beyond!

Mitch KarrHartford – Aetna Paramedic and Preceptor Mitch Karr has recently joined a prestigious group of critical care providers by obtaining his Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C). According to The International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC), “The FP-C certification targets competency at the mastery level of paramedic practice.” This accomplishment required over 6 months of self-study, and the successful completion of a grueling exam. While working full time, Mitch took it upon himself to develop the knowledge base necessary to achieve his goal. Paramedic Sam Dybdahl shares this distinction as well.

Their desire to continually progress as providers demonstrates the commitment our employees have to patient care.

Cleared for Independent Dispatch: Aetna’s Mitch Karr Completes Precepting Phase

Mitch Karr - Aetna Ambulance Service, Inc.

(L to R): Hartford Hospital’s MIke Zacchera and Mitchell Karr

HARTFORD – As of June 26, 2013, Aetna’s Mitchell Karr has been cleared by Hartford Hospital medical control for independent dispatch as a paramedic to the towns that Aetna serves.

The full precepting phase can take ten to 12 weeks or more as the paramedic is prepped for the realities of the field. As with all precepting phases at Aetna, Mitch’s final approval came from Hartford Hospital’s Mike Zacchera after shadowing he and his preceptor in the field as they responded to emergency calls.

Mitch is originally from California but migrated east with family. He began his career in EMS by volunteering for a fire department in his home town. Realizing he was more interested in the patient care aspect of firefighting, he enrolled in Goodwin College’s Paramedic Program where he graduated in December of 2012. Mitch has said he hopes to make it back to the west coast someday and further his career in healthcare by becoming a mid-level or an MD.

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

Meet the Newest Members of the Aetna Team: Aetna Hires Five



HARTFORD — On April 11, 2013, three EMTs and two Paramedics were added to the Aetna team. As part of our continued growth ASM and Aetna 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.

Adam Beschele: PART TIME, EMT. My name is Adam Beschle I’m 23 years old and I’m from Bethel CT. I started out in EMS my senior year of high school back in 2006 with Bethel Vol. Fire and EMS.  I got my EMT in 2008 and started working in 2008 with a management staffing organization in Southbury.  In the beginning of 2011 I started working for a commercial ambulance service in the western part of the state. Currently I am in Paramedic school at Capital in Hartford. In my spare time I go snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, pretty much anything that keeps me outside and active. I have a three year-old daughter named Kiya. I am an Infantryman in the Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010 with the 1-102 INF from CT. I look forward to meeting the Aetna team, continuing my education, and gaining more experience.

Mitchell Karr:  FULL TIME, Paramedic. My name is Mitchell Karr, I am originally from California but migrated east with my family. I began my career in EMS by volunteering for a fire department in my home town. There I realized I was more interested in the patient care aspect of firefighting, and enrolled in Goodwin College’s Paramedic Program where I graduated in December of 2012. I work part time on an ambulance in East Windsor, CT and have spent the last year working at Hartford Hospital’s Emergency Department as an ER Tech. I am looking forward to, and eager to learn the valuable information and life skills that Aetna and all of its employees have to offer. Someday, I hope to make it back to the west coast and further my career in healthcare by becoming a mid-level or an MD.

David Kemp:     FULL TIME, Paramedic. My name is Dave Kemp. I am 25 years old, and I currently live in Collinsville, CT, where I volunteer for the town Fire and EMS department. I became an EMT in 2009 while I was studying physical therapy and holistic health at the Eastern Connecticut State University/University of Connecticut. In the spring of 2011, I started working as an AEMT for an EMS Management Service Organization. I earned my paramedic in the fall of 2012 through Capital Community College. Eventually I would like to return to school and work towards earning a bachelors degree in nursing. In my free time I enjoy playing baseball, hiking, kayaking, and skiing. I am excited to join the Aetna Ambulance team, and I look forward to working with everyone.

Joshua Pearson:     PART TIME, EMT. My name is Joshua Pearson I am 23 years old and have lived in Vernon, Connecticut almost my whole life. I graduated from Rockville High School in 2008 at which point I joined the United States Navy, where I worked as a cryogenics technician. I was stationed on the USS George Washington (CVN-73) in Yokosuka, Japan. While on board the George Washington I did three deployments and traveled to seven different countries. My favorite three places I traveled were Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. I enjoyed traveling to different countries because it gives you a perspective of other cultures that you would not normally be able to experience. I have also been a member of the Vernon Volunteer Fire Department since 2006 where I became interested in the medical field. I am a new EMT and am looking forward to starting my career at Aetna Ambulance. My future plan is to heighten my skills as an EMT and in time pursue my paramedic. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, kayaking and generally being outdoors.

Paul van Duinen:      PART TIME, EMT. My name is Paul van Duinen. I started working in EMS about 18 months ago for a commercial company in the greater New Haven area. This is where I realized that I really enjoy the work and wanted to expand my contact with the people that need our help.  I’m very excited to be part of the Aetna team. I look forward to expanding my experience and sharpening my skills while being able to help others. I’m looking forward to a career in EMS. I have an associate degree from Middlesex Community College and hope to attend nursing school in the future. My wife and I have three children. A daughter and two sons. Between the three they take up a lot of time, but time well spent. After that, relaxation comes from mountain biking, skiing, cooking and even doing yard work. I look forward to working with this new group of people since I have heard nothing but the best about them and Aetna Ambulance.