Bridgeport Hospital

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Bridgeport Hospital
Yale New Haven Health System
The front entrance of the Bridgeport Hospital
LocationBridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates41°11′20″N 73°09′59″W / 41.1888°N 73.1664°W / 41.1888; -73.1664Coordinates: 41°11′20″N 73°09′59″W / 41.1888°N 73.1664°W / 41.1888; -73.1664
Care systemPrivate
FundingNon-profit hospital
Affiliated universityYale University School of Medicine
StandardsAmerican College of Surgeons
Joint Commission
Emergency departmentLevel II trauma center
ListsHospitals in Connecticut

Bridgeport Hospital is a not-for-profit general medical and surgical hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is a member of Yale New Haven Health System and affiliated with Yale School of Medicine.[1] During 2018, Bridgeport Hospital received professional recognition for geriatric and palliative care[2], diabetes treatment[3], human rights[4] and local economic partnership.[5]


In the 1870s, Dr. George Lewis, a physician practicing in the city, persuaded his aunt, Susan Hubbell, to bequeath $13,500 and an acre at the summit of Mill Hill for the construction of a hospital, the first in Fairfield County, and only the third in the state. Before Bridgeport Hospital, "the closest thing to a hospital in the city was a facility in the basement of the future police headquarters, where infection and mortality rates were high among the emergency patients and poor residents who received care there," according to the hospital's web site.[6]

The hospital was founded in 1878 when Bridgeport Mayor P.T. Barnum and other community leaders received approval from the state legislature to incorporate the institution. When a board of directors was named soon afterward, Barnum was elected its first president.[7] Construction on the present site began in 1883 to designs by local architects Lambert & Bunnell.[8] On November 12, 1884, the new hospital began treating patients.[6]


Bridgeport Hospital has 501 beds on two campuses, plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. It has more than 2,600 employees, 1100 active physicians and 230 medical/surgical residents and fellows in programs affiliated with Yale School of Medicine.[9]

The hospital operates a second campus on the site of the site of the former Milford Hospital (Connecticut), which was integrated with Bridgeport Hospital by Yale New Haven Health in June 2019.[10]

It is an American College of Surgeons-certified Level II trauma center[11] and is equipped with a helipad.[12]

Bridgeport Hospital receives 16,959 admissions and 79,058 emergency department visits annually. It performs 4,144 inpatient and 8,248 outpatient surgeries.[13]

The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.[13]

The hospital can support up to six patient at a time in its chamber for hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy.[14][15] and operates the only specialized burn care facility in Connecticut.[16] The hospital's Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute, which includes the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center and other cancer centers of excellence, is approved by the American College of Surgeons as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program,[17]

The Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers provide comprehensive musculoskeletal, neurological, and cognitive rehabilitation services, including specialized services for young children. Service lines include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Recreational Therapy.


  1. ^ "Bridgeport Hospital Details". US News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report. July 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Bridgeport Hospital Geriatric and Palliative Care team receives prestigious award for transforming care". Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  3. ^ "Bridgeport Hospital gets award for diabetes treatment". Connecticut Post. 2018-06-17. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  4. ^ Campaign, Human Rights. "Bridgeport Hospital". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  5. ^ Amanda Cuda (2018-06-03). "Bridgeport Hospital president gets United Way award". Connecticut Post. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  6. ^ a b "Expertise and Compassion Since 1878". Bridgeport Hospital. Yale New Haven Health. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  7. ^ Cavanaugh, Jack (June 21, 1998). "Five Rings for the P. T. Barnum Festival". New York Times. New York: The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 19, 2010. BARBARA KRAM, executive director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, knows a lot about P. T. Barnum -- mayor of Bridgeport, member of the Connecticut legislature, founder and first president of Bridgeport Hospital, president of the city's water company and, of course, one of the world's foremost showmen.
  8. ^ American Architect and Building News 14 July 1883: 24.
  9. ^ "Hospital Overview". Bridgeport Hospital. Yale New Haven Health. June 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "State approves integration of Bridgeport and Milford hospitals". ctpost. Hearst Connecticut Media Group. June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Trauma Centers". American College of Surgeons.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2010-12-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ a b "Bridgeport Hospital Overview". US News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report. July 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  14. ^ [1] American College of Surgeons web site, accessed June 23, 2014
  15. ^ "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Bridgeport Hospital".
  16. ^ American Burn Association (August 24, 2010). Burn Care Facilities (PDF) (PDF). American Burn Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-18. Retrieved September 19, 2010.[needs update]
  17. ^ Commission on Cancer. "Bridgeport Hospital". CoC Hospital Locator. Chicago: American College of Surgeons. Retrieved September 19, 2010.

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