FOR RELEASE: 1/25/2011Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center receives $12,500 grant from the Fairfield County Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has received a $12,500 grant from the Fairfield County Chapter of The Links, Inc., a national group of professional African-American women. The grant will help women of color access breast cancer screening and diagnostic services.

“We are deeply grateful to The Links for this very generous gift,” says Donna Twist, PhD, Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. “The grant will provide valuable support to our programs for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.”

The Links is a national organization of accomplished African-American women who support charities serving children and families. Since 1976, the Fairfield County Chapter has been making grants to those in need. The grant to the Breast Care Center was awarded at the group’s annual Crystal Ball in November. Over 700 people gathered to support the organization.

Part of the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 18,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. A member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities. The Center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull. For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.