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Treating minds and changing lives

June 22, 2020

Quality mental health services are critical to people struggling for access to limited resources. Thanks to Bridgeport Hospital’s REACH Program, patients in Fairfield County are able to receive life-altering care. “We couldn’t be offering this type of program without the support we receive from the community,” said Charles Morgan, MD, chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral…

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A legacy in memory of a life lost too soon

June 19, 2020

A number of hospital protocols related to perinatal loss have evolved from the work of the Joseph Keane Fund, including the placement of a lily magnet on the doorframe of patients’ rooms who experience the loss of a baby so that hospital staff can immediately recognize and be sensitive to the situation. They decided to…

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Stillborn & Perinatal Bereavement

January 2, 2020
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Click to Donate to The Joseph Keane Fund Feature Story from the Annual Report about the Joseph Keane Fund:       Jessica and Tim Keane founded the Joseph Keane Fund, which provides emotional and financial support and services to families and hospital staff members who experience the unexpected and life-changing loss of a…

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The Jacoby Fund

January 1, 2020

Milt Jacoby honors the memories of his wife and daughter with a place designed for the parents of Bridgeport Hospital’s pediatric patients. Milt Jacoby talks about the Joan Jacoby Fund to the Greater Fairfield Board of Realtors:Click to play video Donate Now The Joan Jacoby Fund at Bridgeport Hospital was established by Milt and Bunny…

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Never too young to give back

December 2, 2019

Meghan McCloat, 28, and Brooke Bento, 30, may be young, but they are already leaving their mark on the world of charitable giving. Considered veterans of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center President’s Council, they joined at the tender ages of 25 and 24, respectively. Both jumped immediately into fundraising for the Center. Meghan co-chairs Pink…

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Friends of Pediatrics

July 24, 2019

For more than 125 years, the Friends of Pediatrics has been changing the way children and infants are cared for at Bridgeport Hospital. Founded in 1893 as the “Woman’s Staff for Children’s Ward at Bridgeport Hospital,” the organization began when a small group of local women came together with the mission to create a space…

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Passion to change health care

July 23, 2019

Personal challenges, life-changing opportunities spark passion to change health care During her decade at Bridgeport Hospital, Gina Calder has met many patients, and heard stories both heartbreaking and inspiring. She remembers one young woman in particular: a patient at Bridgeport Hospital’s Primary Care Center who wanted to attend Yale University. “Academically, she could have done…

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The gift of time

June 22, 2019

“What’s a nice retired guy like you doing in an Emergency Department like this?” is a conversation starter that Bob Kilton has probably heard more times than he would care to admit, but one of which he never grows weary. You know just by the way he smiles, a slight grin that sets of a…

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Partnership fights breast cancer

June 4, 2018

The Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation teams with the Norma Pfriem Breast Center to increase healthcare access. Access to care. This principle started the partnership between the Norma Pfriem Breast Center and theBoehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation (BI Cares), nearly 10 years ago. BI Cares is the independent nonprofit arm of pharmaceutical leader Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., based in Ridgefield, CT.…

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Grateful hearts

June 3, 2018

A cardiac patient and his family donate to the new Hybrid OR. Southport residents Bill and Donna Waltrip crisscrossed the country during his years as an executive in the airline industry, living in Denver; Washington, DC; Miami; and New York City. Originally from Tulsa, OK, the couple were childhood playmates. They met in a treehouse. “Bill belonged to the…

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