Bridgeport Hospital

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Bridgeport Hospital
Yale New Haven Health System
The front entrance of the Bridgeport Hospital
Location Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates 41°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 system Private
Funding Non-profit hospital
Affiliated university Yale University School of Medicine
Standards American College of Surgeons
Joint Commission
Emergency department Level II trauma center
Helipad Yes
Beds 383
Founded 1878
Lists Hospitals 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]


Bridgeport Hospital has 383 beds and more than 2,600 employees.[2] It has nearly 600 active attending physicians representing more than 60 sub-specialties, 230 medical/surgical residents and fellows in programs affiliated with Yale School of Medicine, and more than 280 volunteers and 240 auxilians.[3] It is an American College of Surgeons-certified Level II trauma center[4] and is equipped with a helipad.[5]

In 2013, Bridgeport Hospital receives 242,784 outpatient visits annually, 19,000 admissions and 76,000 emergency department visits. It performs 4,539 inpatient surgeries annually, and has 2,608 annual births.[3]

The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission[6] and has earned the Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.[7]

The hospital is one of only a few in Connecticut offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)[8][not in citation given] and operates the only specialized burn care facility in Connecticut.[9] The hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute, which includes the Norma F. Pfreim Breast Care Center and other cancer centers of excellence, is approved by the American College of Surgeons as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program,[10]

The Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers provide physical, neurological, and cognitive rehabilitation services, including specialized services for young children and occupational therapy.


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.[11]

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.[12] Construction on the present site began in 1883 to designs by local architects Lambert & Bunnell.[13] On November 12, 1884, the new hospital began treating patients.[11]


  1. ^ "Bridgeport Hospital Details". US News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report. July 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Folsom, Chandra Niles (July 30, 2009). "Major Cutbacks at Bridgeport Hospital". Fairfield Weekly (New Mass Media). Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "About Us". Bridgeport Hospital. Yale New Haven Health. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Bridgeport Hospital Overview". US News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report. July 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Quality Report: Bridgeport Hospital". Quality Check. The Joint Commission. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ [1] American College of Surgeons web site, accessed June 23, 2014
  9. ^ American Burn Association (August 24, 2010). Burn Care Facilities (PDF) (PDF). American Burn Association. Retrieved September 19, 2010. [dated info]
  10. ^ Commission on Cancer. "Bridgeport Hospital". CoC Hospital Locator. Chicago: American College of Surgeons. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Expertise and Compassion Since 1878". Bridgeport Hospital. Yale New Haven Health. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ American Architect and Building News 14 July 1883: 24.

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