St. Vincent's Medical Center (Bridgeport)

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St. Vincent's Medical Center
Ascension Health
NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System
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Geography
Location Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Organization
Care system Private
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university New York Medical College & Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons[1]
Services
Emergency department Level II trauma center
Beds 397
History
Founded 1903
Links
Website http://www.stvincents.org/
Lists Hospitals in Connecticut

St. Vincent's Medical Center is a 397-bed acute care Catholic hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The hospital is now controlled by Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic and largest non-profit health system, which is in turn controlled by several religious orders, including the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul which founded St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Size and services[edit]

The hospital has a medical staff of 450 physicians and has a total of more than 1,800 employees.[2]

St. Vincent's website says the institution has "one of the largest angioplasty programs in New England," a bariatric surgery center, and extensive cancer and orthopedic services.[2]

The hospital also has a "contemporary" Family Birthing Center with private rooms for labor, delivery and recovery, a private bathroom and sleeping accommodations for the father, and an entertainment center.[2]

Psychiatric services include an on-site psychiatric unit for acute care and the Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services (formerly the independent Hall-Brooke Hospital) an inpatient and outpatient behavioral health facility in Westport, Connecticut.[2]

St. Vincent's is affiliated with Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.

St. Vincent's College[edit]

St. Vincent's Medical Center runs St. Vincent's College, which offers associate's degrees in General Studies, Medical Assisting, Nursing, and Radiography. St. Vincent's College also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences and a RN to BSN program. The school also offers certificates (less than one year of study) in the following subjects: Central Sterile Processing Technician, Healthcare Management (online), Healthcare Reimbursement Specialist, Health Promotion (online), Hospital Coding Specialist, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Assistant, Multi-Skilled Assistant, Navigator Certificate Program, Pharmacy Technician and an RN Refresher.[3]

History[edit]

Early postcard picture of the hospital

Founded by the Daughters of Charity religious order, the hospital was incorporated on May 19, 1903 and opened its doors on June 28, 1905 as a 75-bed building. More than 70 patients had been treated by the end of that first day.[4]

On Easter Sunday, April 17, 1976, a new hospital building opened just behind the original one. That day, William J. Riordan, then president and chief executive officer of the hospital, directed the transfer of 209 patients to the new structure, a 440,000-square-foot (41,000 m2) building nearly twice the size of the old one.[4]

When the move was made to the new building, the hospital's name was changed from St. Vincent's Hospital to St. Vincent's Medical Center.[4]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stvincents.org/aboutus/
  2. ^ a b c d [1] St. Vincent's Medical Center Web site, web page titled "About Us," accessed September 8, 2006
  3. ^ http://www.stvincentscollege.edu/programs-offered/degree-programs/
  4. ^ a b c [2] St. Vincent's Medical Center Web site, Web page titled "About Us: History of St. Vincent's" accessed September 8, 2006

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Coordinates: 41°12′07″N 73°12′10″W / 41.202°N 73.2028°W / 41.202; -73.2028