Program areas at Bristol Hospital
As a short-term acute care community Hospital, Bristol Hospital provides a broad spectrum of healthcare services to any individual regardless of the individual's ability to pay. The Hospital provided charity care to those unable to pay for services at cost of over $1,498,000 during the operating year and supported the state medicaid program through the payment of over $13.7 million in provider taxes. The Hospital also provides education and wellness programs to the community. These activities typically reach over 3,000 individuals per quarter. These activities include: wellness center- special center for educational outreach programming serving hundreds of individuals per month. - community health screenings - ongoing free and reduced price screenings for mammograms, blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate cancer, skin cancer and a flu clinic providing free flu shots in the fall. - speakers bureau - a community service where the Hospital provides speakers on a variety of topics to serve the community's educational needs. - periodic community service projects - the Hospital has sponsored two major outreach efforts, one to promote early detection of breast cancer and one targeted to prevent colon cancer. Both programs have increased the community's compliance with the recommended cancer screenings and have been recognized with state, regional and national awards.bristol Hospital background: Bristol Hospital, the flagship of the Bristol Hospital and health care group, is committed to providing inpatient and outpatient health care services that are progressive, compassionate, coordinated, accessible, affordable, high quality and responsive to community needs. The Hospital's central mission is to be the leading health care provider for the people who live and work in the greater Bristol area, a role that it has played for many generations since the early 1920s. Bristol Hospital serves all people who need care, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, personal limitations, or ability to pay. In addition to being the leading health care provider, Bristol Hospital is also one of the area's largest employers. The Hospital's board of directors is comprised of community and civic leaders, working and retired local business executives, and physicians who guide the overall philosophy and direction of the organization to meet the needs of the local community.bristol Hospital vision: Bristol Hospital and health care group aspires to be recognized as the best community health care provider in Connecticut. Working with our patients, physicians, employees, volunteers and community, Bristol Hospital and health care group will utilize our core values to achieve the vision which creates a culture of safety, quality and service that is embraced as an individual and team responsibility; ensures a user-friendly continuum modeled on providing patient-centered care and services; continually assesses and promotes new services and technology; and serves as the responsible steward and advocate for the health of our community.bristol Hospital pathways community programming: this is comprised of dozens of low cost or free classes and seminars that are offered through its pathways catalog. The catalog also is mailed to households in towns in Bristol Hospital's primary and secondary service areas. The community programming offered through the pathways include: weight loss surgery information, maternity, parenting education, nutrition, cpr/emt, stress relief, reiki, personal health and development, support groups, the doctor is in - free health information and seminar series, health screenings, weight loss support group, cancer care groups, evening diabetes support group, daytime diabetes support group, alzheimer's support group, overeaters anonymous, and epilepsy support. "the doctor is in" free health information and seminar series includes free presentations by the physicians of the Bristol Hospital multi-specialty group in the following disciplines: dementia, healthy living, fall prevention, poly pharmacy, joint health, thyroid health, smoking, copd & asthma, breast health, exercise for the elderly, and cardio and sports health.bristol Hospital community relations/benefit activities: the parent and child center at Bristol Hospital: the center's primary focus is on prevention of child abuse, neglect and family violence by providing support systems for families including stress/anger management, family finances, child development, communication skills, effective discipline, and planning/decision-making skills.bristol Hospital community care team: the objective of the Bristol Hospital community care team is to provide patient-centered care and to improve health outcomes by developing and implementing a safety net of alternative services through multi-agency intervention and care planning. The target population is high-risk patients experiencing acute and chronic mental health issues, substance abuse and high emergency department utilization.nurses in the community: the Bristol Hospital nurse executive council initiated nurses in the community to display professionalism and provide service to the community. The program includes collected food goods and clothing from numerous drives conducted at the Hospital. The nurses also travel to the shelter to take blood pressures and access wounds. Health fairs: Bristol Hospital participates in more than 12 health fairs throughout the year.adopt a family for the holidays: employees have an opportunity to adopt a local family and purchase holiday gifts for them including clothes, basic necessities, toys, etc.west end event: the event attracted an estimated 10,000-plus people. The team from Bristol handed out educational materials and conducted free blood pressure and pulse-ox tests checks.marathons and free foot checks: Bristol Hospital's newly-appointed podiatrist conducted free foot checks for more than 40 participants at three different community road races.naacp: eight providers from Bristol Hospital multi-specialty group conducted two educational seminars to approximately 50 members of the Bristol chapter of the naacp. The series took place at two local churches.texting and driving event: Bristol Hospital's learning center presented its annual combination medical career fair and distracting driving awareness event entitled "consequences of distracted driving." The two-part event includes a career fair for students who may be interested in pursuing a career in health care.medical staff, thanksgiving food donation: more than 80 members of the Bristol Hospital medical staff donated to help families in need through Bristol Hospital's women's, infants and children's program. Because of the generosity, numerous families enjoyed a holiday meal on thanksgiving.emergency medical services donation: the Bristol Hospital ems team regularly donates their time and ambulances to community events, free of charge. Some of these events include health fairs, high school sporting events, food drives and community events.nursing students: Bristol Hospital oversees nursing students as part of their field training. Our nurses and pa-cs act as their supervisors, providing education, hands on learning and an open forum for questions.job shadowing: Bristol Hospital provides job shadowing experiences to local high school students. Students typically shadow the nursing department, physician assistants or physical therapists.clinical & non-clinical job fair: our education department hosts a clinical and nonclinical job fair day for high school students to come into the Hospital and visit different departments to learn more about how the departments run. It provides an opportunity for students to learn about clinical and non-clinical careers in health care. Typically 50 students attend and 15-20 departments are represented.bristol community organization: Bristol Hospital participates with the Bristol community organization's employment opportunities for at-risk young adults. The Hospital employs the participants for 30 hours per week, six to eight weeks a year.ems food drive: Hospital employees partnered with sprint to collect food and toys for local community organizations. Food was donated to st. vincent de paul's in Bristol and toys were donated to toys for tots.