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NEEMSI History

The staff of the New England EMS Institute are all practicing Advanced Life Support providers with many years of street and educational experience. Students are well prepared for National Registry testing and careers in Emergency Medical Services. The Institute is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and licensed by the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission.

The New England EMS Institute is part of Elliot Heath Systems. The Elliot has been serving the community for over 110 years, and has a reputable history of training hospital and pre-hospital patient care providers. Elliot Heath Systems and the New England EMS Institute have provided EMS educational programs since 1985.

In 1998, Elliot Heath Systems created the New England EMS Institute. The creation of NEEMSI allows us to function as a post-secondary educational facility and expand our educational programs.

In January 2012, the New England EMS Institute moved to its new home at 1050 Holt Avenue. Faced with a need for more space to accommodate our expanding programs, the move offers students ample accessible parking, large classrooms with adjoining lab and practice space, an enlarged multi-media room, student lounge, and administrative offices.

Our Team

Jon Snow, MS, NRP, CCEMTP, CICP, I/CProgram Manager
Jon Snow is a lifelong resident of Bedford, NH where he resides with his wife and three children. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm College and his Master’s degree from New England College. For twenty years he has educated prehospital providers at all levels as well as provided patient care in several busy EMS systems. He has a passion for teaching and enjoys seeing the students push themselves to greatness. He creates an enjoyable learning environment for the students and encourages students to not only better themselves but everyone around them. In his spare time you can find him outdoors hiking, hunting, fishing or at a sporting event for his active family. In 2014 he was awarded the NH EMS Educator of the Year from the NH Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services. He is grateful for all the wonderful EMS instructors he had and continues to pay that forward every class he teaches.
John A. Chisholm, BS, NRP, CICP, I/CEMS Educator - Paramedic
John Chisholm is originally from Merrimack, NH but now resides in Concord. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and earned his Bachelors Degree in Biotechnology while he studied pre-med. After a few years of working in the computer industry, John switched focus and became a career Firefighter/Paramedic. He has taught Paramedic courses at NEEMSI since 2007.
Michael Mulhern, FP-C, NRP, CICPEMS Educator - Paramedic
Mike Mulhern is a 12 year resident of Manchester, NH. He received a Paramedic Certificate from New England EMS Institute and is currently studying Healthcare Management at Southern New Hampshire University. Mike has over 15 years of Prehospital experience, including 5 years as a Flight Paramedic. In his spare time, he runs his own fitness company, Iron Forged Strength and Conditioning. Mike is extremely passionate about Prehospital/Critical Care medicine and looks forward to passing his knowledge along to future EMTs and Paramedics.
Rachel Cornaro, BSProgram Coordinator / Registrar
Rachel Cornaro is originally from Massachusetts but has resided in NH with her family for more than a decade. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Salem State College. She has been involved in healthcare for more than twenty years both pre-hospital and in-hospital settings. As the Program Coordinator she is the face of NEEMSI and enjoys making the students feel welcomed while they are here. In her spare time she can be found at various sporting events for her children. Please contact Rachel with questions about upcoming programs.
Erik Thomas, MPA, NRP, I/CClinical Coordinator
Erik Thomas began his EMS journey in 1992 when he first received his EMT certification. Erik progressed to Paramedic in 2001 and is an alumnus of the New England EMS Institute. Erik earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Granite State College and his Master’s Degree from Anna Maria College. Erik continues to be an active field paramedic and brings his knowledge and experience to the classroom in a relatable way. Erik is also a professional musician; you can find him playing bass in venues from Massachusetts to Maine.
Lee Steckowych, MDMedical Director
Dr. Steckowych has been the Medical Director of NEEMSI for the past 24 years. He was born and raised in the Manchester area and attended local schools. He then became a certified EMT in 1984. After college he attended Tufts University School of Medicine before completing a 4 year residency in Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University in 1993. He is currently a Board Certified Emergency Physician employed at the Elliot Hospital Emergency Department. He has been at The Elliot hospital for 24 years. Dr. Steckowych has been involved in many administrative positions at the Elliot throughout the years and is currently the Chairman of the Department of Medicine.