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Community Benefits



Every year, as part of our vital mission to promote health and wellness throughout the Greater Bridgeport region, Bridgeport Hospital (BH), sponsors, develops and participates in a wide variety of community-based programs and services. During 2018, BH managed $63.1 million in financial aid in-kind contributions through five wide-ranging programs: Guaranteeing Access to Care; Advancing Careers in Health Care; Promoting Health & Wellness; Building Stronger Neighborhoods; and Creating Healthier Communities. We are proud to summarize those efforts in the annual Community Benefits Report.

The core of our healthcare services is the hospital itself. For over 140 years, BH has not only served the medical needs of the community but also pioneered advances in medicine and trained thousands of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Today, as a member of Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) — which also includes Yale New Haven Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Westerly Hospital — BH is a distinguished institution whose 2,742 employees are dedicated to the healthcare needs of our community.


Community Benefits Report Summary

Guaranteeing Access to Care

BH provided $50.0 million to guarantee access to care including free or discounted healthcare services to over 21,427 eligible people at a loss of $4.9 million, plus under-reimbursed services for 119,948 Medicaid beneficiaries at a loss of $38.5 million. BH also guarantees access to care by subsidizing clinical programs at a loss of $4.6 million.

Advancing Careers in Health Care

BH provided $13.6 million to a variety of healthcare education programs that train individuals to become medical professionals, from physicians and nurses to pharmacists and dietitians.

Promoting Health & Wellness

BH provided over $1.3 million to local health education programs, support groups, health fairs and various community organizations that help make Bridgeport a healthier place to live and work.

Building Stronger Neighborhoods

BH provided over $90,000 in financial and in-kind donations to address or support social determinants of health including food security, job training, affordable housing programs, economic development and/or other essential services.

Creating Healthier Communities

BH provided more than $200,000 in funds and in-kind services to dozens of not-for-profit organizations unaffiliated with the hospital.