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Partnership fights breast cancer

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

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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A force in fundraising

The Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary supports the hospital,one project at a time. The all-volunteer Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary partners with Bridgeport Hospital and its Foundation to raise funds for specific projects. Since its inception almost 60 years ago, the Auxiliary has contributed over $4.5 million to Bridgeport Hospital. “We have a chance to look at what is needed both inside and…

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Ripple effect of kindness

A Westport family was inspired to give back and help others. Being socially conscious was a lesson that Simin and her late husband, Herbert Allison Jr., instilled in their sons, John and Andrew, since they were young. “Our mother was always volunteering when we were growing up, supporting different causes and helping people,” said her…

Klein Family 2016

Fighting against cancer

The Klein Family Foundation supports educational and patient care programs at Bridgeport Hospital. 2004 was set to be a great year for John and Carla Klein.  Both of their children, Kristen and Eric, were about to get married. But that June, they were stunned when the fun, loving and courteous patriarch, John, received a diagnosis of stage 2…

Dorothy Edgerton 2016

A lifetime of support

Much of Dorothy Edgerton’s life has been associated with Bridgeport Hospital. As Bridgeport Hospital changed over the years, Dorothy Edgerton was there to see it. “I was born there in 1927, went to nursing school there, worked there, had numerous surgeries there and delivered my two children there,” said Edgerton. “I have a lot of connections to Bridgeport Hospital.”…

Douglas Aaron 2017

Desire to make an impact

Weston’s Douglas Aaron gives back to Bridgeport Hospital through his nonprofit organization. Douglas Aaron always knew he wanted to serve others.  Raised in Weston, CT, his parents instilled this appreciation of service in him and his four siblings. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College, he worked at a firm that invested…

Jenn Matthew Huisking 2017

Gratitude leads to gift

Jennifer and Matthew Huisking’s NICU experience inspired them to give back. Upon discovering they were pregnant with their first child, Jennifer and Matthew Huisking discussed their hospital preferences. After talking to their physician, she explained that her practice only delivered at Bridgeport Hospital because of the level of medical expertise and excellence of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). No…

Donor1 2016

An unusual path to a family’s healing

A mother can never fully erase the pain of a child’s death, only direct its path. Elizabeth Ness-Wobschall’s chosen path helps others heal. THE NORWALK RESIDENT’S SUPPORT of patients treated by the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital makes perfect sense. Her son Michael died there in August 2013. A house fire ultimately took the…