FOR RELEASE: 6/29/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Dignitaries help welcome new sleep medicine suite to Holiday Inn

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch joined Bridgeport Hospital President and CEO Bill Jennings and staff from the hospital’s Center for Sleep Medicine during a June 22 ribbon cutting and open house for the center’s new diagnostic suite at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn.

“What a great, creative way for Bridgeport Hospital to show its faith in the city, particularly the downtown area,” Mayor Finch said at the event. “This diagnostic suite will be very helpful to the residents of Bridgeport and beyond.”

The new diagnostic suite consists of four sleep study rooms—converted hotel rooms with electronic monitoring equipment discreetly installed—and an adjacent control room, where technicians monitor patients during tests for sleep apnea, a leading type of sleep disorder involving blockage of the airway.

Following their diagnostic testing, Center for Sleep Medicine patients have access to hotel amenities such as the pool and fitness center.

“The new suite is a perfect example of an innovative partnership between two organizations in the city,” added Jennings. “Patients will enjoy the Holiday Inn’s fine facilities.”

Bridgeport Regional Business Council President and CEO Paul Timpanelli, another speaker at the event, called corporate partnerships like the one between the hospital and hotel “necessary,” given the limited resources available in a still recovering economy.

“One thing we must learn to do is to partner in regard to resources,” Timpanelli said. Representing the Holiday Inn at the event were co-owner Ernest Trefz and General Manager Bill McGarry.

“This collaborative effort between Bridgeport Hospital and the Holiday Inn shows how the downtown area can really grow,” said McGarry. “Dozens of patients/guests will come through the door each year and have the opportunity to see the city.”

The diagnostic suite opened on May 31 and according to Center for Sleep Medicine Medical Director Dr. Armand Wolff, patients have been giving it rave reviews.

The Center for Sleep Medicine was launched in 2001 and still maintains a consultation suite at Bridgeport Hospital. It is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for meeting national standards for staffing, leadership and facilities in providing high quality patient care for sleep disorders. The Center has served more than 5,000 patients with sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

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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.