FOR RELEASE: 6/1/2012Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Bridgeport Hospital Home Run draws 500-plus in support of Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute

With cloud cover holding down the temperature, more than 500 people took part in the ninth annual Bridgeport Hospital Home Run on May 27. The event, which begins and ends at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, raised more than $25,000 to benefit the hospital’s Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute.

Runners spring from the starting line of the Bridgeport Hospital Home Run 5K. Photo courtesy of Regina Madwed.
Runners spring from the starting line of the Bridgeport Hospital Home Run 5K. Photo courtesy of Regina Madwed.

Matt Klein of Trumbull was the overall winner of the 5K run, in 15 minutes, 54 seconds, the second-fastest finish in the event’s nine-year history. The first woman to cross the finish line—for the second year in a row—was Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers physical therapist Laura Yarish of Westport, in 19 minutes, 51 seconds. Complete 5K results are available online at

“The Bridgeport Hospital Home Run has become 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 safe, high-quality cardiac care for residents throughout the community.”

Presented by American Medical Response and the Paloian Family Foundation, the Bridgeport Hospital Home Run features a 5K run, walk and wheelchair race, an alternate one-mile course, and a Children’s Fun Run inside the ballpark. The scenic 5K course begins just outside the ballpark, continues south through Seaside Park along the Long Island Sound waterfront and ends back at the ballpark.

Trophies were 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.

Bridgeport Hospital has been a leader in advanced cardiac care for more than 50 years. In June 2011, Bridgeport Hospital experts performed New England’s first hybrid ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation, and now the hospital is a national training site for the procedure.

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.