FOR RELEASE: 1/23/2014Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

R.C. Bigelow president co-hosts afternoon tea at Bridgeport Hospital

Cindi Bigelow, president and CEO of Fairfield-based R.C. Bigelow Tea, co-hosted an afternoon tea for maternity patients at Bridgeport Hospital on Jan. 15 with hospital President and CEO Bill Jennings. A variety of Bigelow teas were served at the event, along with scones, croissants, English tea sandwiches and fresh fruit. Bigelow and Jennings also visited with other patients in the hospital.

Afternoon tea for maternity patients
Cindi Bigelow (left) and Bridgeport Hospital Chief Operating Officer Norm Roth serve tea and refreshments to Diana Soto of Milford, who pictured with newborn daughter Camilla Mae.

“I’m impressed by the way the hospital reaches out to the community to see how it can best serve patients and be the best it can be,” said Bigelow, whose company and family have been longtime supporters of the hospital, especially the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, which is also based in Fairfield.

Bigelow, who is also a leading advocate for community and employee health, met with several patients and staff members during her visit and discussed the health benefits of tea.

“Tea is a touch point for so many people,” she said.

Bigelow tea is served with patient meals and at catered events at Bridgeport Hospital.

“We are most grateful to Cindi Bigelow, her family and Bigelow Tea for their support of Bridgeport Hospital and the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center,” said Jennings, who is also executive vice president of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital’s parent organization. “And we applaud Cindi for being an ambassador of health and wellness in our community.”

About Bridgeport Hospital: Bridgeport Hospital is a private, not-for-profit acute care hospital located in Connecticut’s most populous city, primarily serving patients from Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Burn patients are seen in The Connecticut Burn Center—the only burn center in Connecticut—from throughout the state and neighboring states. A member of the Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital has 383 licensed beds plus 42 beds licensed under Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, more than 2,600 employees, 700 active attending physicians representing more than 60 subspecialties, 235 medical/surgical residents and fellows in programs affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine, and more than 460 volunteers and 380 auxilians.

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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.