President’s Message – March 2018


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President’s Message – March 2018

Join us in celebrating
Women’s History Month!

Artist’s rendering of Bridgeport Hospital circa 1900

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Susan Hubbell Legacy Society.

In the 1870s, Susan Hubbell bequeathed $13,500 and a lot of one acre of land at the summit of Mill Hill for the construction of Bridgeport Hospital. According to the provisions of her will, “an equal amount was collected from citizenry in order to validate her gift.” Two other generous women, Catherine Pettengill and Frances E. Pomeroy also made notable contributions. Bridgeport Hospital opened on November 12, 1884.

A local newspaper at the time extolled the virtues of philanthropy: “One lives longer in the grateful memory of ones associates by leaving memorials that can be of service to humanity and fellow citizens. Money any man or woman intends leaving for community purposes can be dedicated to no higher, nor more vital, humanitarian end.”

One hundred and thirty years later, legacies from friends like you are essential to fulfilling the healthcare mission of Bridgeport Hospital. The Susan Hubbell Legacy Society recognizes those who have made a commitment in their estate plan to provide enduring support for the organization.

Your membership in the Susan Hubbell Society offers you a wonderful opportunity to leave a lasting legacy and tell a story about what matters to you, to help define the future of the hospital and make a difference in countless lives that come after yours.

Getting started is easier than you think
To make it straightforward and easy for you to begin writing your will, we’ve partnered with FreeWill. Including a gift to Bridgeport Hospital is a powerful way to ensure that future generations have access to outstanding medical care.

This tool is free to you whether you choose to include a gift to Bridgeport Hospital or not, and it can be used to create a fully valid legal will or guide you through planning your will before finding a lawyer near you.


If you intend to provide for the hospital in your estate plan, we thank you! It would be most beneficial to our planning if we could accurately document your gift and welcome you to the Susan Hubbell Society. Please complete this form Susan Hubbell Legacy Society form, send us an e-mail at or call me at (203) 384-3522 and we will update our records to properly reflect your future commitment.

If you would like to view the slideshow from the first Susan Hubbell Legacy Society luncheon, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Susan Hubbell Society or have any questions regarding gift planning in general, please use the same contact information and we will be happy to assist you.