Prehospital EMS

The Hartford Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS provides medical authorization, oversight and continuing education for area pre-hospital providers. 

The Division additionally functions to support EMS providers in their roles and to improve the transition of care between prehospital and in-hospital providers.

The Division provides medical direction and support for LIFE STAR, Hartford Hospital’s critical care air transport program. The LIFE STAR flight crew works collaboratively to function as a high performance team for the transport of the critically ill and injured patients.

For EMS-related issues/questions pertaining to Hartford Hospital, please contact EMS Coordinator David Bailey at 860.972.1180 or

CME Offerings | Protocols | Policies | Communications | Agencies | Our Team

Continuing EMS Education Offerings

Our EMS Continuing Education has been moved to an online/remote format until further notice.  Please check here regularly for upcoming offerings.

  • Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies
    Michael J. Soltis MD, MS
    Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 6:30pm-8pm (Zoom presentation)
    Download the course details

For additional EMS Education courses, please visit the EMS Education page of Hartford Hospital’s Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI).

See also:


Hartford Hospital sponsored EMS providers are to adhere to the Connecticut Statewide EMS Protocols.  These may be found by visiting the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of EMS website



Below are memos the Division of EMS has issued to provide clinical guidance/direction, address procedural questions or other issues. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Additionally, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (CT-DPH OEMS) periodically issues communications directed at EMS providers. These may be found by visiting the CT-DPH OEMS Communications Page.

Sponsored EMS Agencies

The following EMS agencies are sponsored by Hartford Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS:


Basic Ambulance Services

Primary and Supplemental First Responders

Our Team

Lauri Bolton, MD

Medical Director and Co-Program Director, Lifestar

Dr. Bolton earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999 and received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2005. His post graduate training in Emergency Medicine was completed at the University of Connecticut after which additional fellowship training in Emergency Medical Services was performed at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Bolton is an active member of the Air Medical Physician Association serving as a past board member, Secretary-Treasurer, and is the current President. He works clinically in the Emergency Department of Hartford Hospital and is the Medical Director and Co-Program Director for LIFE STAR, Connecticut’s first air medical service.

Charles Johndro, DO

Medical Director, Ground EMS

Dr. Johndro was born and raised in Bristol Connecticut and joined the United States Air Force in 1997.  His EMS career began at that time and continued with his work as a Paramedic in the New York City 911 EMS system from 2001 until he began medical school in 2008.  After completing medical school, Dr. Johndro trained in the Emergency Medicine residency program at Hartford Hospital/UCONN.  Dr. Johndro currently works as an attending physician at Hartford Hospital and holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.  Dr. Johndro’s professional interests include disaster medicine, resuscitation/critical care and provider wellness.       

David Bailey, BS, NRP, EMS-I

EMS Coordinator

David became interested in EMS while volunteering as a firefighter and later as an EMT.  He became certified as a paramedic in 1990 and has since worked in various clinical environments as a provider, educator and supervisor.  In 2000, David graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree majoring in physiology / neurobiology.  Prior to his current role with Hartford Hospital, he worked as a regional EMS coordinator for CT-DPH.  Dave’s passion lies in optimizing the quality of care delivered by prehospital providers and elevating the professionalism of EMS.

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