Quality Award Program
Meaningful human connections are what good caregiving is all about. At Bridgeport Hospital, they’re happening all the time – with patients, clinicians, staff and volunteers on the units, in treatment areas, over coffee and in the hallways. Personal tales like these are the heartbeat of Bridgeport Hospital. Take a moment to add your story, too.
Maria Alicea, Human Resources
A husband and wife were rushed to the hospital after a fire. Tragically, the wife suffered serious harm from the fire, and the doctors faced the difficult task of informing her husband so that he could make the necessary decisions and say goodbye. The family spoke Spanish so it was imperative that an interpreter be brought in to inform the husband and family members. Maria Alicea, who consistently dedicates a portion of her time interpreting for our patients, was called on a Sunday afternoon. She did not hesitate and came in immediately. Maria’s kindness and cultural competence helped the physicians deliver an incredibly difficult message to a room filled with the patient’s friends and family. Maria’s skill as a trained interpreter is secondary to the genuine compassion and empathy that she brings to these incredibly hard conversations. Maria lives the values of patient centered care, compassion and accountability.
Marissa Zingaro, Nurse, Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Marissa was nominated after fellow nurse Tom Fedora observed her caring for a patient with a fatal injury: “Marissa devoted three shifts to never leaving this patient’s bedside. After a difficult meeting, the family made the decision to donate the patient’s organs. Looking on, I could tell the family was saying goodbye. Marissa stood outside the patient’s room to give the family some privacy. What I saw next said more about Marissa than any words could. With tears streaming down his face, the patient’s father grabbed Marissa and gave her a hug. Marissa connected with this family as more than a caregiver. She became a mentor, guiding them through the process of losing a son.”
Bonnie Szturma, Emergency Department
"An elderly blind man presented to the Emergency Department. He was sent by a social worker after she visited his home for the first time and discovered his awful living conditions. His wife had recently been hospitalized and during her absence, in his efforts to feed their cats, the cats had repeatedly bitten him. He arrived to the emergency department in terrible condition with both bed bugs and lice. Bonnie never shied away for a moment; she engaged and treated this frightened elderly gentleman with compassion. She took him and showered him and scrubbed him clean and tended to his wounds, all the while speaking gently to him and reassuring him that he was going to be ok. Following all of our established safety processes, Bonnie went above and beyond to make sure that our patient was cared for and treated with the utmost respect. Thank you Bonnie.
Nyla Petrahai, RN, Intermediate Care Area
"Nyla had an elderly patient with a fractured femur who was not a candidate for surgery. The patient was declining clinically, confused, in immense pain and calling out. Nyla stayed by her side for the majority of 12 hours, comforting her. The resident called the family and ordered comfort measures for the patient. Nyla took the time to do whatever she could for this patient. She even rubbed her back and sang "You Are My Sunshine". The next night I transported this patient to the oncology floor where her hospice care continued. When the PCT and I arrived to the floor to bring the patient, we followed Nyla's lead, we closed the door and sang "You Are My Sunshine". This is just one of the many examples that make Nyla such an amazing, compassionate, caring professional. Her integrity is an example for all of us. "
Dr. Yekaterina Grewal, Department of Medicine
"One of our elderly patients was gravely ill on the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) while her husband was also an inpatient. As it became clear that our MICU patient was going to pass away, I knew that I needed to bring the husband and wife together to say goodbye. I saw Dr. Grewal and asked if she could help me. She instantly sensed the urgency and sprang into action. She helped me move the patient’s husband from his bed into a wheelchair and she raced him down to see his dying partner. She got him to his wife's bedside and he was able to hold his wife's hand as she took her last breath. I can't thank her enough for doing this. I know how grateful he was that he was with his wife."
Janet Janes, RN, Internal Medicine
"While attending mass, Janet heard someone cry out for medical help. She immediately rose and went to the back of the church where a gentleman was lying motionless on the floor. After assessment, she determined he had no pulse and began administering CPR with another nurses help and retrieved an automated external defibrillator. By the time an ambulance arrived, the gentleman’s heart function was restored and he had a strong pulse. The gentleman sent a notice through the church bulletin two months later thanking Janet and the other nurse who saved his life."