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FOR RELEASE: 4/6/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637
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John Patrick Flanagan Children’s Corner dedicated in Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital


The John Patrick Flanagan Children’s Corner is the latest addition to the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital. The Children’s Corner provides a much needed reprieve for the children of loved ones undergoing cancer treatment. It was was made possible by a gift from the John Patrick Flanagan Foundation, a charitable foundation that sponsors programs to help vulnerable children and families of Connecticut.

The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation was founded in 2009 as a charitable legacy to remember John P. Flanagan, a devoted husband, father and friend who passed away at the age of 44. John always put his family first and loved being surrounded by his three children and many nieces and nephews. John was treated by the compassionate team of medical professionals at Bridgeport Hospital during his brief battle with cancer.

“The John Patrick Flanagan Children’s Corner is a very special project for our Foundation and is very close to our hearts,” said Amanda Flanagan, chairperson of the John Patrick Flanagan Foundation. “It was important to John that he spend time with our children while he was receiving treatment and to now be able to offer families facing similar battles with a place their children can play together and take their minds of the seriousness of the situation, even for just a few minutes, is a very fitting way for us to honor John.”

“The John Patrick Flanagan Children’s Corner gives the children who are spending time visiting loved ones a place to just be regular kids again,” commented Stephen Jakab, president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. “On behalf of the hospital, I’d like to thank the John Patrick Flanagan Foundation for sponsoring the Children’s Corner and for making visits to the hospital a little bit easier for the youngest individuals affected by a sick family member.”

The John Patrick Flanagan Children’s Corner is a bright play area, featuring child-size furniture, an aquarium, interactive artwork, books, games and toys for children of all ages. A dedication ceremony took place on April 6.

About The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation

The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation was established in loving memory of John Patrick Flanagan, who passed away from a rare and aggressive form of cancer on December 24, 2008, at the age of 44. John's family, friends and colleagues have established the Foundation to serve as a charitable legacy to support what he cherished above all else: children and family. The Mission of The John Patrick Flanagan Foundation is to help vulnerable children and families by supporting charities that provide the direction, education and healthy environment that vulnerable children and families need to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital, including the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, delivers care to over 1,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year—more than any other hospital in Fairfield County.

Approved with commendation by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program, the Cancer Institute is a member of the Yale-New Haven Cancer Network, an alliance of hospitals across Connecticut that provides access to the latest breakthroughs and delivers an unparalleled level of expertise in cancer, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Recent cancer care enhancements at the hospital include a new outpatient chemotherapy infusion suite and a new digital mammography suite. Ground was broken in November 2010 for a new comprehensive outpatient cancer center in Trumbull, near Bridgeport, Easton and Fairfield.


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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.