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A gift of comfort for our courageous caregivers

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit greater Bridgeport, Bridgeport Hospital staff sprang into action, taking care of people suffering from a virus the world had never seen. What little was known…


Passing along the ‘American Dream’ to those in need

John and Ethel Kashulon, husband and wife and longtime residents of Bridgeport, were children of Eastern Europeanimmigrants who came to the United States seeking the ‘American Dream.’ John moved to…


An ambassador of hope helps the show go on for Norma Pfriem Breast Center

Elise Bucknall, a Fairfield resident for almost 15 years, had not heard of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center until her close friend and President’s Council member Lynne Taikowski invited her…

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Treating minds and changing lives

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.…

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A legacy in memory of a life lost too soon

Fear washed over Jessica Keane one Sunday evening while she was in the kitchen packing lunches for the week ahead. She didn’t feel her baby moving. The baby had normally…

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Never too young to give back

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…

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Friends of Pediatrics

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…

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Passion to change health care

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…

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The gift of time

“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…