FOR RELEASE: 6/7/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Derby and Fairfield residents receive top honors at Bridgeport Hospital Employee Recognition Dinner

Bridgeport Hospital and named Darlene Haydu of Derby as its 2010–2011 Employee of the Year and Rosemary McCauley of Fairfield as the recipient of its 2011 George B. and Alice P. Longstreth Humanness Award. Both awards were presented at the hospital’s annual Employee Recognition Dinner on May 18 at The Waterview in Monroe.

A 27-year employee, Haydu is the lead CT scan technician in Radiology and had previously been named June 2010 Employee of the Month.

“Darlene has a sincere, genuine compassion for her patients and she always makes them feel safe and comfortable,” said Haydu’s supervisor, Imaging Services Manager Linda Rossetti. “She puts the needs of her patients first.”

McCauley is a nurse in the MedEase ambulatory medicine unit. She has been with the hospital for 30 years.

“Skilled, compassionate, kind, dedicated, with a good sense of humor,” are some of the words her nominators used to describe Rosemary. One nominator added, “Possibly the best nurse I’ve ever worked with.”

The Employee of the Year and Longstreth Award winner each receive a plaque and a cash prize.

More than 500 employees attended the annual dinner. Most were recognized for achieving service milestones of five to 45 years.

“When people know you treasure them, they respond,” said hospital President and CEO Bill Jennings about the importance of appreciating the contributions of employees.

Hospital Board of Directors Chair Meredith Reuben and medical staff president Robert Folman, MD, also expressed their appreciation to employees.

“Thanks you for your hard work on behalf of the hospital and the community,” added hospital Board of Directors Chair Meredith Reuben.

“We are a team—one big family—with a common goal: providing healing and compassionate care to people in need,” said Medical Staff President Robert Folman, MD. “Nothing is more worthwhile.”

Established in 1878, the 425-bed Bridgeport Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care teaching hospital that serves 20,000 inpatients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits each year, including more than 75,000 to its newly expanded and renovated emergency department.

The hospital is the site of the Dr. Andrew J. & Henrietta Panettieri Burn Center, the only burn center in Connecticut. Other major services include the Heart Institute, the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute and Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, the Women’s Care Center (offering comprehensive maternity and gynecological care), the P.T. Barnum Pediatric Center, the Joint Reconstruction Center, Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers, the Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, the Center for Sleep Medicine and the Center for Geriatrics.

Bridgeport Hospital is also a state-designated primary stroke center. Additional specialties include neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine, urology and vascular surgery. The hospital is also a leader in da Vinci robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, having performed more procedures than any other hospital in Fairfield County.

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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.