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FOR RELEASE: 11/7/2013Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

REACH Program at Bridgeport Hospital receives $500 from Foundation for Life


Stratford, CT – A grant of $500 from Barnum Financial Group’s Foundation for Life will help improve the facilities at the Bridgeport Hospital REACH Program. REACH is an intensive outpatient service for children between 5 and 12 with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Based in Stratford, REACH is designed to reduce the need for hospitalization, decrease residential placement and assist in keeping families intact.

Dr. Donna Twist, vice president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, accepts a donation for the REACH Program from the Foundation for Life’s Ashley Wetherbee, recruiting coordinator of the Barnum Financial Group.

“Children in the REACH program are struggling through school and life,” explains Dr. Donna Twist, vice president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. "This gift means we can improve our facilities so staff, patients and families can meet and enjoy therapeutic activities in a safe, warm and comfortable environment."

Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation for Life has supported hundreds of organizations throughout the Northeast working to better the lives of those in need. Paul and Mindee Blanco of Barnum Financial created the Foundation for Life as a vehicle through which Barnum Financial Group employees could assist those in need in their community.

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. One of only 200 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities. The center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.

For more information, call 203-255-5300 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast.


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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.