EMS Education News and Events
This is where we'll announce the most recent additions to our web site, latest protocols, course announcements and policies. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.

October 2015

Congratulations to the Department of EMS Education for again successfully organizing and leading the medical response to the Eversource Hartford Marathon.  This year we saw approximately 130 patients!  This project represents a coordinated response between American Medical Response, Aetna Ambulance, Ambulance Service of Manchester, Hartford Fire Department, East Hartford Fire Department, West Hartford Fire Department, and Hartford Hospital.

September 2015

It is  with great pride that we welcome the Goodwin College 2015-2016 Freshman Paramedic Program Cohort.  They started the day after Labor Day and will be with us until December 2016.  We lookf forward to joining you on your journey to becoming paramedics.  We also welcome back our Senior Paramedic students who will be graduating this December 2015.

July 2015

The Department of EMS Education has seen a large influx of calls regarding the impact of the recent layoffs at Hartford Hospital and the Hartford Healthcare Corporation.  While the cutbacks did effect our department, we are still open for business and will be continuing to offer our programs at this time.  We thank you and appreciate your concerns.

June 2015

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2015 at 8a a portion of Jefferson Street between Hudson and Retreat will be closed to East Bound traffic.  This is expected to last at least a week and a half and potentially longer. Please plan your routes to the hospital accordingly.  June Traffic Advisory.

May 2015

The MDC began work this morning Tuesday, May 5, 2015 to reroute a water main on the corner of Seymour Street and Retreat Avenue, in front of the IOL Gatehouse.

This will affect traffic in the area. There is a police officer stationed near the IOL entrance gatehouse who will temporarily redirect vehicles that are leaving the IOL grounds to use the Washington Street exit. 

The main drive will be used for incoming traffic only. The work will be going on until 5 p.m. every day this week. 

January 2015

Starting January 19, 2015 there will be construction changes to the ED driveways at Hartford Hospital.  Note that the Retreat Street Entrance will be expanded and opened to two way traffic and that the exit behind the Conklin Building will be closed.

  January 2015 Ambulance Entrance

Staff Changes

David Bailey has joined the Department of EMS Education staff and will be taking over the EMS Coordinator role on January 12, 2015.  Michael Zacchera will remain with the department and will be responsible for the Clinical Coordination of the Goodwin College Paramedic Programs

December 2014

North Central EMS Council and State Office of Emergency Medical Services has a position open:

The Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services will have the Region 3 Emergency Medical Services Coordinator position open as of January 8, 2015. 
The North Central Connecticut Region 3 EMS Council Executive Committee has been asked by the Office of Emergency Medical Services Director to help find a qualified candidate.  We are currently accepting resumes and will be performing interviews.  The North Central EMS Council’s Executive Committee will provide a recommendation to the OEMS Director.  The Director will then conduct a second interview and will make the final determination to hire.
If interested in the position please submit your resume by mail or email to: 
Betty Morris, Executive Director
North Central CT EMS Council, Inc.
PO Box 1833
Hartford, CT 06144-1833
All resumes must be submitted by December 31, 2015

October 2014

The NU Hartford Marathon will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014.  During the marathon many roads in downtown Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford and South Windsor will be closed.

To Access Hartford Hospital during the race, use the following routes:

From the North or the South:

Interstate 91, to exit 29 (Capitol Area), get off of the Whitehead highway at the Columbus Blvd ramp,  Go LEFT onto Columbus Blvd, which becomes Wyllys street.  Follow Wyllys until it runs into Retreat Street and the entrance to the ED.

From the East:

Take Interstate 291 to 91 South and follow as above from exit 29.

From the West:

Take New Britain Ave, to Washington Street to Retreat Street to the ED entrance.

Additional information regarding road closures can be found at the Hartford Marathon website.

The CDC has released Ebola guidelines for EMS Providers, see our Medical Control Page for further information or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov 

June 2014

Pizza and CEUs will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7pm in JB118 of the Jefferson Building.  The topic will be the EMS Response to Active Aggressor Incidents and the speaker will be Robert Maynard of the Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit.  We look forward to seeing you there!

The MDC will be closing Jefferson Street at Main Street on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 18:00 hours until at least Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 21:00 hours.  Please plan accordingly.  Attached is the MDC announcement and the detours that they have posted.

May 2014

EMS Week is coming!  We are very excited about this year's activities!  Sign up for our free EMS Symposium. Join us for our annual cook out on Wednesday and new this year, join us Thursday evening for a night at the movies!  We look forward to seeing everyone during EMS Week 2014.  EMS : Dedicated for Life.

March 2014

The Department of EMS Education will be holding an EMS Instructor program starting in May 2014!  Lead instructors will be Terry Devito, EdD, and Ralf Coler, MEd.  Tuition for the program will be $1,500 and it will run through the summer.  An application will be available shortly, in the interim if you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact Ralf Coler at raffaella.coler@hhchealth.org or at (860) 972-2564. Update:  EMS Instructor Application.

Congratulations and a job well done to the citizens of Windsor, Windsor EMS and Windsor PD!  This week a man collapsed while playing basketball at a local gym.  Bystanders immediately started CPR, called 911, retrieved an AED and performed a defibrillation.  The Windsor Police Department arrived and took over care of the patient and upon the arrival of Windsor EMS, the patient had a return of spontaneous circulation.  By the time the crew had dropped the patient off at St. Francis Hospital Emergency Department, he was awake, alert and oriented, shaking the hands of his rescuers.  Windsor EMS has recently implemented the WE CARES program to increase the survivability of out of hospital cardiac arrest.  Great job to everyone involved.

January 2014

Happy New Year everyone! Just a reminder that Pizza and CEU's has a new night!  The last Thursday of the month.  January 29, 2014 will be Jerry Bardwell discussing documentation, February 27, 2014 will be John Spencer discussing how EMS can impact cardiac arrest survival rates, March 27, 2014 will be Bob Maynard talking about active shooter scenarios and April 24, 2014 will be a case review.  All of the sessions start at 7pm, contact us at EMSEducation@harthosp.org to sign up.

October 2013

There will be construction to the Retreat Street ambulance entrance to the Emergency Department.  From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on October 24, 25, 28, & 29, 2013, the normal ambulance entrance to the Hartford Hospital Emergency Department from Retreat Street will be closed.  Instead, EMS is asked to enter through the Seymour Street exit during that time.  This driveway (behind the Conklin Building) will be reversed to allow for EMS traffic to enter.  When exiting the Emergency Department parking area, EMS will exit out the horseshoe driveway in front of the main hospital entrance.  Hartford Hospital Security and Valet services will be working to make travel through these areas as easy as possible.  Please note that these changes are only between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm on the affected days. Traffic flow on the overnight will be as normal.  

The 20th running of the ING Hartford Marathon will be this Saturday, October 12, 2013.  The Department of EMS Education will be coordinating the medical care for the marathon and we'd like you to be aware of street closures in the Hartford area during the race.  Please see the Hartford Marathon website  for complete street closure information.  For best access to Hartford Hospital during the race:

From the North or the South:

Interstate 91, to exit 29 (Capitol Area), get off of the Whitehead highway at the Columbus Blvd ramp,  Go LEFT onto Columbus Blvd, which becomes Wyllys street.  Follow Wyllys until it runs into Retreat Street and the entrance to the ED.

 From the East:

Take Interstate 291 to 91 South and follow as above from exit 29.

 From the West:

Take New Britain Ave, to Washington Street to Retreat Street to the ED entrance.

August 2013

The Department of EMS Education is pleased to announce that we are able to offer financial aid to qualifying individuals who are members of our sponsored services.  Please see the attached memo for specific information.  This offer is only available for the fall of 2013 EMT program. Financial Aid Memo.

July 2013

The North Central Connecticut EMS Council has updated our EMS Treatment Guidelines.  They can be found on our Medical Control page along with a Summary of Changes.  These guidelines are in effect as of July 1, 2013 and replace all other versions.

May 2013

Hartford Hospital will be celebrating EMS Week the week of May 19 to May 25, 2013.  See the link for a schedule of events.

Hartford Hospital has adopted the new cervical spine immobilization guideline that was recently disseminated by the North Central Connecticut EMS Council.  Specifically: “Patients that are ambulatory at the scene, but who require cervical spinal immobilization based on our regional immobilization guidelines, will be placed in an appropriate sized cervical collar, seated on the ambulance stretcher, secured in a position of comfort, limiting movement of the neck during the process.”

A memo from Dr. Knuth is here and may be put into effect immediately.

February 2013

As a reminder, please turn off your engines when parking in the emergency department lot at Hartford Hospital, including next to the Conklin Building. Please see the attached memo. Thanks!

November 2012

The Department of EMS Education and the Hartford Hospital Stroke Center will be holding a Stroke CME event on Tuesday evening, December 11, 2012 at 6:00pm.  Dinner will be included.  A link to the registration is here.  Additionally the Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital will be more involved in EMS QA as we pursue accreditation as a comprehensive stroke center from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.  Please see the memo related to that here.

October 2012

The Emergency Department and the Purple Pod are reorganizing the entry of patients into the purple pod.  The procedure is outlined below.

1) Primary entrance from EMS and main ED will be through the back door adjacent to RED 5
2) Triage RN will call report to the RN using either phone # 69325 or 69322 (permanent #s)
3) The purple RN will meet EMS or triage PCA at the back door of purple and greet the patient and provide a safe and dignified entrance in to the pod.
4) This process should not change when sending patients from the main ED. 
This process will start @ 0700 on 10-23-12 and end @ 0700 on 10-26-12.
Please provide feedback after the process starts, email Danette and I and we can discuss the process with the purple pod staff.

September 2012

The Department of EMS Education is organizing the state's EMS for Children Conference again this year.  A brochure and registration for the conference can be found here. 2012 EMS-C Conference.  There will also be a PEARS class offered as a preconference workshop 2012 PEARS Pre-Conference.

July 2012

The Department of EMS Education has CANCELLED the July 26, 2012 Pizza and CME event due to the threat of severe weather.  Stay safe and we'll see everyone next month!

June 2012

The Department of EMS Education is pleased to announce that we have recently established a blog.  You may follow and interact with at http://hhemseducation.blogspot.com/ This is where all the most current information regarding the Department will be posted.  Feel free to leave a comment.

December, 2011

A new construction update has been sent out and posted today, December 16, 2011.  Please take a moment to review it.  Also, if you are looking for a long back board and do not find it in the Emergency Department, please stop by the Department of EMS Education between the hours of 9a and 3p to pick it up.  Other hours can be made available by appointment.  Thanks!

Happy Holidays!  A new construction update has been sent out and posted today, December 11, 2011 regarding phase 3 of our ED project.  Please take a moment to review it.  We would like to thank you for being considerate and turning off your engines when parked outside of the ED. 

Lastly, there are still openings in the Spring 2012 EMT programs at Hartford Hospital during the day and evening classes, as well as at the EMT program at UConn.  If you know someone who is interested in becoming an EMT, please send them our way!  Best wishes for a happy holiday season!  - The EMS Education Staff

November, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  There is Construction in the Emergency Department that effects the flow of ambulances and patients through the area.  Please check out our construction update page for the most up to date information!  When completed we will have a new, expanded EMS room.

May, 2011

National Registry Examination
The Department of EMS Education offered two National Registry EMT Practical Exams this month for it's graduating EMT students.  Over 70 students sat for the exams over the course of one day. 
EMT Programs Begin
The Department of EMS Education began three new EMT programs this month, two in the evening and one during the day.

April, 2011

Respirator Fit Testing
The Department of EMS Education began taking over responsibility for respirator fit testing for the entire hospital staff of over 7,000 employees.  Staff members were trained as fit testers and hours for fit testing are posted on healthstream.  Employees who have never been fit tested before are reminded that they should be cleared by Occupational Health prior to coming for their fit test. 

January, 2011

EMT Programs Begin
EMS Education started three EMT classes this month, an evening class at Hartford Hospital, a day class at Hartford Hospital and an evening class at the University of Connecticut.

October, 2010

State of Connecticut EMS for Children Conference
The Department of EMS Education provided the coordination of the annual EMS for Children Conference, which was held at Hartford Hospital.  Over 100 participants attended.
Hartford Marathon
EMS Education provided the coordination and staff for the medical tent at the Hartford Marathon, including the bike team, the main medical tent and medical staff for the massage tent and EMS coverage of the entire route.  Over 100 participants were seen by the staff.

June, 2010

EMS Education to Offer State of Connecticut EMT Practical Testing
The Department of EMS Education at Hartford Hospital is pleased to announce that it will be offering State of Connecticut EMT Practical Exams on a relatively frequent basis.  These exams will be open to outside participants at a cost of $75 per person or $20 per station.

August, 2006

EMS Education Receives Approval for Paramedic Training Program
Hartford Hospital and Goodwin College are pleased to announce that they will be offering a Paramedic Training Program starting in September 2006.  Students will have the best of both worlds, an academic preparation from a leading career training college and a strong clinical foundation from the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Northern Connecticut.  The staff of both institutions are very excited at this new venture and look forward to a very productive program.

Individuals who are interested in taking the paramedic program should contact Daniel Noonan at Goodwin College at (860) 528-4111 or via email at dnoonan@goodwin.edu

February, 2004 

EMS Education Staff Receive Awards from AHA
Raffaella Coler and Michael Zacchera of the Department of EMS Education were honored recently by the American Heart Association (AHA) with American Heartsaver Awards.

The awards were given in recognition of their work with the AHA and the Hartford Public Schools.  The Hartford Schools have placed AEDs in all three high schools in the city and in three of the middle schools.  Mike and Ralf organized training for teachers and staff and in the organization of emergency teams at each school. 

Training consisted of three phases, 1.  Training of faculty and staff team members in Heartsaver AED.  2.  Training 17 Health Education teachers as Heartsaver Instructors and one as an Instructor Trainer.  3.  Training of freshmen students during Health Education classes at the three high schools.  By the end of the 2003 - 2004 school year over 2,000 students will have been trained in CPR and AED using the Heartsaver in the Schools curriculum.

The awards were given in a ceremony that honored citizens who have performed CPR successfully or who implement plans to decrease morbidity and mortality form cardiac arrest.

July, 2003

EMS Education Receives Approval for Registered Nurse to Paramedic Training Program
The Department of EMS Education is pleased to announce that the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services has given it's approval to the Department's application to hold a Registered Nurse to Paramedic Training Program.
Registered Nurses with Critical Care experience, along with current ACLS and PALS certifications will be able to take the program which will lead to them becoming Nationally Registered Paramedics and licensed by the State of Connecticut as Paramedics. 

The program has been brought about through the combined efforts of Lynn Piacentini a Nurse, and Michael Zacchera and Michael Morran, both Paramedics.  The group studied the curricula from various nursing schools and compared them with the current National Standard Curriculum for Paramedics and established a curriculum to teach from for the Nurse to Medic Program.

Nurses who are interested in getting further information on the program can either contact Lynn Piacentini at Hartford Hospital, (860) 972-2564 or download a brochure and application from our webpage.