FOR RELEASE: 5/29/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Eighth annual Bridgeport Hospital Home Run draws a record 600-plus

A record 600-plus runners, walkers and volunteers, ranging in age from 5 to 87, took part in the eighth annual Bridgeport Hospital Home Run on May 29. The event, which begins and ends at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, home of the Bridgeport Bluefish, includes a five-kilometer (5K) run and walk, a one-mile walk and a Children’s Fun Run inside the ballpark. Estimated proceeds of $20,000 from the event will support the Connecticut Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

“The Bridgeport Hospital Home Run has grown steadily every year and is becoming a fixture of the Memorial Day weekend in the greater Bridgeport area,” says Bridgeport Hospital Foundation President Steve Jakab. “Our thanks go to all the runners, walkers and volunteers who have helped support high-quality heart rhythm care for residents throughout the area.”

The overall winner of the 5K run was Fred Wills of Shelton, in a time of 17 minutes, 23 seconds. The top female finisher was Laura Yarish of Westport, in 19 minutes, 21 seconds.

Trophies were also presented to the top three male and female finishers of the 5K run in each of several age categories. Bridgeport Hospital Medical Director of Care Coordination Ryan O’Connell, MD of North Haven finished first in the men’s 30-39 age group and fourth overall, in a time of 17 minutes, 58 seconds. Ahlbin Centers Inpatient Unit physical therapist Amy Callahan of Milford was first among women in the 30-39 age group and 40th overall, in 21 minutes, eight seconds. Retired ear, nose and throat specialist Y.M. Naci, MD of Stratford, 87, was the oldest participant in the 5K race.

Complete race results are available at

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch was on hand to lend his support and officially start the race, which takes participants from the ballpark, into Seaside Park along the waterfront and back to the finish line inside the ballpark.

Bridgeport Hospital has been at the forefront of advanced cardiac care for 50 years. The hospital is ranked first in Connecticut in heart failure survival according to information published by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In addition to cardiac surgery, the Heart Institute at Bridgeport Hospital provides angioplasty to treat coronary artery disease and sophisticated heart rhythm care as well as cardiac rehabilitation and wellness services.

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