Late Fall 2011
Bridgeport Hospital is Best in Fairfield County for Geriatrics

Bridgeport Hospital is best in Fairfield County for Geriatrics, according to U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, released in July.

Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Beata Skudlarska, MD, meets with patients and families.

“This national recognition is a reflection of the skill and compassion of our Center for Geriatrics staff and all the physicians and caregivers at Bridgeport Hospital who serve our older patients,” says President and CEO William M. Jennings. “In particular, this achievement is a testament to the visionary leadership of Beata Skudlarska, MD, our Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, who has developed the service into one that has received accolades at the national level.”

Geriatrics is medical care that is dedicated to treating older adults. A geriatrician (a physician specializing in the medical care of the elderly) has a full understanding of the wide range of physical, mental, medical, social and spiritual issues that older adults can have. A geriatrician is trained to watch for the ways in which these problems can combine to prevent an older person from enjoying life. With expert treatment, older adults can live the fullest lives possible.

The Bridgeport Hospital Center for Geriatrics provides these specialized services:
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Geriatric Home Visit Program (primary care provided at home)
  • Geriatric Inpatient Consultation
  • Geriatric Care Provided in Extended Care Facilities
  • Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient Services
  • Geriatric Psychiatric Outpatient Services (REACH)
  • Coordinated Assessment and Referral for the Elderly (CARE)
  • Geriatric Emergency Medicine Service (GEMS)
  • Palliative Care Consultation
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For more information about these services, please call the Bridgeport Hospital Center for Geriatrics at 203-384-3388 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/geriatrics.

The help and guidance of a team of geriatric medicine experts can help ensure quality of life for older adults and peace of mind for their family members. When choosing a geriatrician, be sure to select a specialist affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital:

Beata Skudlarska, MD, Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Care
Vivian Argento, MD • Marina Blagodatny, MD • Mithil Choksey, MD • Jayakrishnan Krishnakurup, MD

If you would like more information about, or a referral to, any of these expert physicians, please visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/FindPhysician, or call 1-800-794-5013, toll free, 24/7.
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