FOR RELEASE: 4/19/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Bridgeport Hospital staff saluted for service excellence at annual ceremony; Trumbull-based Dr. Greg Hulcher named physician of the year

Trumbull-based internal medicine physician William (Greg) Hulcher was named physician of the year during Bridgeport Hospital’s Academy of Making the Difference Awards on March 15 at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Dr. Hulcher, a practicing physician for 35 years whose office is on White Plains Road, earned the honor for his outstanding scores on patient satisfaction surveys and for the many positive comments he received from patients and hospital staff members.

“Dr. Hulcher is a leader among his colleagues,” said Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs Bruce McDonald, MD, in presenting the award. “He is an excellent clinician with an outstanding bedside manner.”

In all, more than 350 employees and physicians were recognized for service excellence during the annual Academy of Making the Difference ceremony.

“You are what Bridgeport Hospital is made of—an exemplary commitment to patient care,” hospital President and CEO Bill Jennings told all the honorees on hand. “This is a room of stars. I’m proud to be part of the team.”

Three employees—Shirley Blyden of Bridgeport, a patient care technician on the Orthopedics-Neurosurgery-Urology Unit; Lydia Carire, also of Bridgeport, an ambulatory support technician in the One Stop Testing Center; and Rhonda Way of Hamden, a patient representative in the Patient Relations Department—joined the elite “Golden Globe” club for achieving at least 100 positive written mentions from patients or co-workers.

Another 20 employees and physicians received awards for achieving at least 50 positive mentions, and more than 50 others received awards for 25 mentions. More than 150 first-time Making the Difference honorees were recognized for achieving five mentions.

In addition, service excellence awards were presented to several departments, including Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers, Food & Nutrition, Labor & Delivery/Women’s Care Center, the Oncology Unit, the Orthopedics-Neurosurgery-Urology Unit and the Surgical ICU.

The Academy of Making the Difference Awards ceremony is presented annually by the hospital’s Reward & Recognition Committee.

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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.