FOR RELEASE: 7/22/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Bridgeport Hospital is best in Fairfield County for geriatrics, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings

Bridgeport Hospital is best in Fairfield County for geriatrics, according to U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, which were released July 19.

“This hard earned, well deserved recognition is a reflection of the skill and compassion of our Center for Geriatrics staff and all the physicians and caregivers at Bridgeport Hospital who serve our older patients,” says President and CEO William M. Jennings. “In particular, this achievement is a testament to the visionary leadership of Dr. Beata Skudlarska, our Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, who has developed the service into one that has received accolades at the national level.”

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

“These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said.

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.

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 also the site of Connecticut’s only Burn Center.

In addition to Center for Geriatrics, 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 and the Center for Sleep Medicine.

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 over 1,000 robotic procedures, more 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.