Hartford Business Journal: CT’s ambulance services fragmented, consolidated

Ambulance Service of Manchester Hartford Business JournalGREG BORDONARO

In Connecticut’s world of emergency medical services, fragmentation is the name of the game.

It may not surprise many people in the Land of Steady Habits, where cities and towns often operate as their own fiefdoms, but nearly every municipality in the state has its own way of providing emergency medical transport services.

When the half-million or so 911 calls are placed each year by Connecticut residents, just who shows up to provide life-saving support depends on location….

Wayne Wright, who is the president and CEO of Hartford’s Aetna Ambulance Service Inc. and Ambulance Service of Manchester, said all ambulance providers are facing financial challenges as a result of declining Medicare reimbursement rates, which are down about 8.6 percent from a few years ago.

Combined, the two companies have a fleet of 48 ambulances and 228 employees, who respond to about 70,000 calls a year. They provide transport services to many Greater Hartford cities and towns including Hartford.

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Colorado Article on Mercedes Sprinter Ambulances References ASM

Insider_072512_ChipBailey_350FORT COLLINS, CO. — The Ambulance Service of Manchester was referenced in an industry article about the University of Colorado Health System’s decision to purchase Mercedes Sprinter ambulances for their fleet. The excerpt appears below and read the original article here…

“…It didn’t take long to learn that the Mercedes model was making major inroads into the American ambulance industry. Numerous U.S. ambulance services had begun using the model, including Acadian Ambulance, the nation’s largest privately held medical transportation company, and the Ambulance Service of Manchester, which serves the Hartford and Manchester region in Connecticut. The service has 48 ambulances, 33 of which are Mercedes built by American Emergency Vehicle, the manufacturer of the UCHealth ambulance.

“We couldn’t be happier with our Mercedes ambulances,” reports Wayne Wright, president and CEO of Ambulance Service of Manchester. “We’re happy in every respect. They handle well. Patients and our employees like them.”

ASM Wins Governor’s Award for Career EMS Organizations

HARTFORD– Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) has won the “Governor’s Award for Career EMS Services” for 2012. The award is conferred by the Connecticut EMS Council as part of EMS Week (May 20-26), an annual recognition of the dedication and sacrifice of Emergency Medical Services professionals.

Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) Wins 2012 Governor's Award Connecticut

This award was established to recognize and commend an EMS Organization that has enhanced the understanding and support of the EMS System through their public service, community education and contributions to a city, town region or the state as a whole.

Read the Remind News article here…

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Hospital for Special Care Presents Philanthropy Award to ASM

Story Courtesy of the Hospital Newspaper

Ivan Lendl Hospital for Special Care Adaptive Sports Wayne Wright
(L to R): Wayne Wright and tennis legend Ivan Lendl

WEST HARTFORD – Hospital for Special Care (HSC) awarded the Ambulance Service of Manchester with its 2011 Corporate Award for Philanthropy in recognition of its generosity to the hospital’s diverse adaptive sports programs for athletes living with disabilities. The award was recently presented to Wayne Wright, President, Manchester Ambulance Service, at the Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp Awards Luncheon at Saint Joseph College.  Continue reading

Ambulance Service of Manchester Stays Active in Community

ASM gave the Hospital for Special Care a donation which supported the hospital’s sports camp for children with disabilities.
ASM gave the Hospital for Special Care a donation which supported the hospital’s sports camp for children with disabilities.

When thinking about the Ambulance Service of Manchester, some people will automatically think about the company responding to 911 calls. However, the ambulance service helps out in other ways in the community, as they have contributed to several charitable causes and will continue to do so in the future. Read more…