FOR RELEASE: 4/20/2012Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Ninth annual Bridgeport Hospital Home Run 5K set for May 27 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard

The ninth annual Bridgeport Hospital Home Run, presented by American Medical Response, will take place, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 27, beginning and ending at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, home of the Bridgeport Bluefish, 500 Main St., Bridgeport. The event features a five-kilometer run, walk and wheelchair race and a one-mile walk, all starting at 9:00 a.m., and a Children’s Fun Run inside the ballpark at 10:00 a.m. Event proceeds benefit the Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute at Bridgeport Hospital.

Race Start
Runners spring from the starting line outside the Ballpark at Harbor Yard during last year’s Bridgeport Hospital Home Run 5K.

“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 help support high-quality cardiac care for residents throughout the community.”

Advance registration for the run, walk and wheelchair race is $25 by May 23. Online registration is available at Race day registration is $30. The Children’s Fun Run is $5 by mail or at the event. For information, call the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation at 203-384-3600 or e-mail

The scenic 5K Bridgeport Hospital Home Run course begins just outside the ballpark, continues south through Seaside Park along the Long Island Sound waterfront and ends back at the ballpark.

Trophies will be presented to the top overall male and female finishers of the 5K run as well as the top three male and female finishers in each of several age categories. A traveling trophy will be presented to the team with the most members.

Fred Wills
Overall winner of the 2011 Bridgeport Hospital Home Run 5K Fred Wills of Shelton.
The overall winner of last year’s 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. Yarish is a physical therapist with Bridgeport Hospital’s Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers.

Bridgeport Hospital has been a leader in advanced cardiac care for more than 50 years. The hospital performed the first diagnostic cardiac catheterization in Fairfield County in 1961, the county’s first open-heart surgery in 1963 and the county’s first balloon angioplasty in 1981.

More recently, in June 2011, Bridgeport Hospital experts performed New England’s first hybrid ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation. This innovative procedure combines the best of catheter-based and minimally invasive surgical approaches, and provides a more comprehensive treatment. The hospital is now a national training site for hybrid ablation.

Last November, the Heart Institute was renamed for Joel E. Smilow following receipt of a $2 million gift from the well-known Southport philanthropist.

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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.