FOR RELEASE: 8/8/2012Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Dr. Michael Ivy to Become Chief Medical Officer at Bridgeport Hospital Oct. 1

Michael Ivy, MD, will become Bridgeport Hospital’s new Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, effective Oct. 1. He will succeed Bruce McDonald, MD, who is retiring at the end of September after 32 years with the hospital, the last 26 as Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Ivy is currently Bridgeport Hospital’s Vice President for Performance and Risk Management, a position he has held since 2007.

“Throughout the six-month national search process for a new Chief Medical Officer, Mike impressed me, and all those involved, with his experience, enthusiasm and commitment to healthcare,” said hospital President and CEO Bill Jennings in an Aug. 8 memo announcing Dr. Ivy’s selection.

Dr. Ivy earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis and received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut. After completing an internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, he served as a battalion surgeon with the First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California. He then completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at the Yale School of Medicine.

Following a year as a trauma and critical care surgeon at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Ivy joined Bridgeport Hospital in 1998 as Chief of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care. In 2004, he became Associate Director of Surgery at Hartford Hospital for three years and returned to Bridgeport Hospital in his current role in 2007.

Dr. Ivy, his wife Alice and their four children live in Guilford.

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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.