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Bridgeport Hospital Foundation receives $25,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to help underserved outpatients

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BRIDGEPORT, CT (Dec. 12, 2017) – Bridgeport Hospital Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman to support the unmet needs of underserved outpatients.

The award was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to empower individuals and extends the inpatient Fay Fund to include outpatients at Bridgeport Hospital’s Primary Care Center and Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers.

“Our outpatients and their families often struggle with a host of challenges caused by the effects of poverty that are harmful to their health and well-being,” said Bridgeport Hospital Foundation President Steve Jakab. “The Primary Care Center and Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers care for people who are suffering, not only physically but also socially and economically.”

Research published in 2016 by the American Journal of Medicine suggested that the social determinants of health cause 80 to 90 percent of all health problems. The support to be provided by the Newman’s Own Foundation grant will enable Primary Care Center and Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers staff to meet the non-medical needs of patients and improve their well-being in the face of difficult challenges.

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). Its Bridgeport and Milford Campuses serve patients from across the region. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community. www.bridgeporthospital.org

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