Program areas at Bridgeport Hospital
Schedule oas the coronavirus pandemic kept people unsure and uncomfortable with the unknown, Bridgeport Hospital remained a constant source of world-class care, as well as information based in fact and science, for patients, employees and community. Part of the city's diverse fabric since 1878, Bridgeport Hospital strengthened its bond for a community coming together to find balance in a new normal.the pandemic amplified the shortage of healthcare providers across the state and country also extended to emergency medical personnel. To facilitate and standardize paramedic training and address the ongoing paramedic shortage in Connecticut, Bridgeport Hospital partnered with shelton-based echo hose ambulance and yale center of emergency medical services on a new paramedic training program designed to provide new paramedics to local ems partners.advances in clinical carerecognizing that the benefits of the home environment in patients' recovery, Bridgeport Hospital, as part of yale new haven health, launched the home Hospital program which provides high-acuity, hospital-level care to patients in their homes. The program serves medicare patients meeting certain clinical and social stability criteria who live within 25 miles of Bridgeport and yale new haven hospitals. Through in-person visits and telehealth technology, the program brings a range of Hospital services to the homes of patients with heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cellulitis and other conditions.bridgeport Hospital, working with its yale new haven health partners, also launched a home infusion program, continuing to help patients receive safe, high-quality care in their homes. Eligible patients receive infusion treatments at home for conditions that, in the past, may have required a Hospital or infusion clinic visit. Infusions are prepared by the health system's infusion pharmacy; education and administration are provided by an infusion nurse. Services range from routine intravenous hydration, parenteral nutrition, antibiotic therapy and immune and monoclonal therapies.the heart and vascular center at Bridgeport Hospital marked a milestone with its 400th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (tavr) procedure since its first in 2016. A minimally invasive treatment, approved by the fda for low-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, tavr replaces the valve without open-heart surgery, which means less time in the Hospital and a faster recovery.bridgeport Hospital was the first facility in Connecticut to use laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive treatment, for symptomatic non-cancerous uterine fibroids. Studies show that the treatment, approved by the fda to treat fibroids, reduces the size of fibroids from about 40-70 percent.yale new haven health opened a new digestive health center in westport, which provides coordinated care at one location for medical and surgical patients including bariatric, colorectal and hernia surgeries. While most surgeries are performed at Bridgeport Hospital or park avenue medical center in trumbull, patients have the convenience of attending pre- and post-surgery appointments in westport.bridgeport Hospital's Bridgeport and milford campuses, along with its yale new haven health member hospitals, received the american college of emergency physicians (acep) elite health system geriatric emergency department accreditation. Eight yale new haven health facilities were designated as senior friendly, and yale new haven health system was among only 13 health systems nationwide to receive the accreditation. Physicians provide specialized emergency care to patients ages 65 and older, including screening for delirium.community focusemployees across Bridgeport Hospital's two campuses donated over 3,600 diapers for distribution to families in need through community-based organizations such as the center for family justice and diaper bank of Connecticut. Given that one in three families struggles to afford diapers to keep their babies clean, dry and healthy, the Hospital joined the health system in donating additional supplies and resources to purchase approximately 34,000 additional diapers.to better address food insecurity across communities served by Bridgeport Hospital and yale new haven health, hundreds of employees and medical staff donated 19,156 pounds of food to hunger-relief organizations during the second #givehealthy online food drive. The donated food represented nearly 16,000 meals for people in need throughout Connecticut and in westerly, rhode island. Three years and counting, Bridgeport Hospital continued its free monthly community food distribution, benefiting more than 6,000 local families with over 400 Hospital staff volunteers donated their time. The Hospital also sponsored a farm stand for Bridgeport residents, working with Bridgeport farmers market collaborative and end hunger Connecticut's fresh match program, as well as a food voucher program with the village of devon farmers market in milford, the milford department of human services and the milford boys and girls club.