|Early Spring 2007|
|Bridgeport Hospital’s New Emergency Department: Beautiful—and Better than Ever! |
Bridgeport Hospital’s New Emergency Department:
Beautiful—and Better than Ever!
If you were hiring people for an emergency department,
whom would you want on your team? Experts trained to
diagnose and treat heart attacks quickly and effectively?
A team specially dedicated to treating burn victims? A
team with expertise in treating children? A trauma team?
A stroke team?
All of this expertise is already available in the Emergency
Department (ED) at Bridgeport Hospital—and has been for
decades. All we needed was the state-of-the-art environment
that these teams—and you and your loved ones—deserve.
And now, thanks to the generosity of donors throughout our
region, we are creating that environment. The first phase of
Bridgeport Hospital’s multi-million-dollar Emergency
Department Expansion and Renovation Project is completed,
and the difference is already obvious.
We’ve added 11,000 square feet of new space—nearly an 80–
percent expansion—and provided 55 secure, well-lit parking
spaces. Our dramatic new entryway leads to an expanded,
comfortable waiting area decorated in soft blues and greens,
with maple woodwork, porcelain tile floors and elegant
coffered ceilings (see photo). There is comfortable seating,
with plenty of natural light, and space for a rock garden just
beyond the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s even a
soothing indoor water sculpture!
For your convenience, we have relocated our special areas for
treating children and for treat and release services, putting
them in a separate part of the ED.
In other words, we’ve fashioned an environment that
clearly reflects the high caliber of emergency care we have
We are undertaking this renovation because we know that
our ED is not just a department, but a doorway that opens
into Fairfield County’s most comprehensive hospital. In our
new ED, you’ll be given the initial treatment needed to save
life or limb, to diagnose what has happened, and to determine
what kind of treatment will be required. You may be
able to go home after receiving expert emergency care from
our dedicated emergency team. Or you may need to go on into the hospital to benefit from some of our wide array
of medical, surgical and specialty services:
Part of the light-filled, expanded waiting area
The Heart Institute (Bridgeport Hospital has been named
one of America’s 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals®—and
we are the only hospital in Connecticut to make this list
in both 2005 and 2006.)
The only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Fairfield
County, and a Newborn Intensive Care Unit for
critically ill children
The Dr. Andrew J. and Henrietta Panettieri Burn
Center—the only dedicated Burn Center between
New York and Boston
Twelve inpatient Operating Rooms and eight SurgEase
(same-day) Operating Rooms, where more than 14,000
surgeries are performed each year
Cardiac, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units
to provide high-tech care for critically ill or injured
patients who need hospital care after their emergency
treatment or surgery
Psychiatric and Geriatric-Psychiatric inpatient
units for those with mental or emotional illnesses
More than 500 physicians in 12 specialties and
So here is what you want in an emergency department: an open
doorway, not just to the highest quality of emergency care, but
to a hospital-wide array of leading-edge services.
Here’s what you don’t want to see in an emergency department:
yourself, or any of your friends or family. We agree.
We hope you’ll never need our sophisticated new facility. But
if you ever do need us, we’re here—bigger, brighter and
better than ever, with entire teams of experienced ED
doctors, nurses and other dedicated professionals, ready for
whatever may come through our new doorway.
A soothing water
sculpture greets those
who enter the new
at Bridgeport Hospital.