President and CEO: William Jennings
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.
Bridgeport Hospital is a member of the Yale New Haven Health System with Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and Greenwich Hospital, and managed care network participant Westerly (R.I.) Hospital.
Bridgeport Hospital has 383 licensed beds plus 42 beds licensed under Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, more than 2,600 employees, nearly 600 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.
Bridgeport Hospital provides nearly 260,000 patient care visits annually, more than 19,000 admissions; more than 207,000 total outpatient visits to the hospital (including more than 76,000 emergency department visits and more than 36,000 clinic visits); more than 7,500 SurgEase (same day surgery) visits, and 38,000 outpatient rehabilitation visits.
Why Choose Bridgeport Hospital?
Located on the Connecticut shore, Bridgeport Hospital is a 425-bed, private, not-for-profit hospital and proud member of Yale New Haven Health System. As the largest hospital in prestigious Fairfield County, we provide service for more than 400,000 patient visits each year with a diverse range of specialty services in a wide range of practice settings. These include:
- The Heart Institute at Bridgeport Hospital,named one of Solucient's "100 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care"
- The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer and Breast CareCenters
- The first and only nationally verified Burn Center in the state of Connecticut
- A busy and acclaimed regional Trauma Center
- A 20-bassinet Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit
- The renowned Ahlbin Centers for Rehabilitation Medicine
- And dozens of other renowned specialty units.
We are also an employer dedicated to building careers for life. Here you will find opportunities for lifelong growth, learning and advancement - careers designed to challenge you as a professional, inspire you as an individual and empower you to build the kind of future you deserve.
Our Culture and HistoryBridgeport Hospital offers a unique blend of community hospital character with the technologies, services and opportunities of a major urban medical center. Here you'll find an environment where people know one another by name, and where our commitment to treating people with respect for their diversity, support for their goals as a professional and understanding for their needs as an individual has helped us to maintain high retention rates.
People take immense pride in the work they do here, and we work hard to provide every member of the Bridgeport Hospital team with a generous salary and benefits package - including tuition reimbursement plans and strong work/life balance programs - and the kind of growth opportunities that transform a job into a true career for life.
For more than 125 years, Bridgeport Hospital has been synonymous with extraordinary care. The Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing - founded in 1884 - is the longest continuously operating school of nursing in Connecticut, and many members of our current nursing team are graduates who matriculated to successful careers here. Over the years, we've been the site of a long list of historic healthcare firsts - and today, we're proud to be one of the premier destinations for healthcare professionals in New England.
Living in the Bridgeport Area
Bridgeport, Connecticut is a dynamic and diverse city of 140,000 located on Long Island Sound. A longtime center for industry and manufacturing, the city is today experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance. Strategically located between New York and Boston, Bridgeport offers easy access to the history and scenery of both New England and Long Island.
Bridgeport is the largest city in prestigious Fairfield County, which also includes such communities as Trumbull, Fairfield and Stratford. The area is an easy commute from much of southern and central Connecticut by car, train or bus.
Bridgeport Hospital At A Glance
|Number of Beds:||425 beds|
|Annual Outpatient Visits:||218,000|
|Annual Emergency Visits:||67,000|
|Active Medical Staff:||550|
|Active Registered Nurse Staff:||580|
|Annual Operating Room Procedures:||4,800 (Inpatient) |
|Annual Laboratory Procedures:||2,000,000|
Benefits at Bridgeport Hospital
At Bridgeport Hospital, our commitment to helping you to build an extraordinary future doesn't end with helping you to build an extraordinary career. We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits package designed to provide you with the resources and support to be able to enjoy your life beyond work to the fullest.
Regular employees who are scheduled to work 22.5 hrs. or more become eligible for medical, prescription drug, dental, vision and life insurance coverage the first of the month following 30 calendar days of employment. Employees are eligible for Short (STD) and Long Term Disability (LTD) effective the first of the month following 1 year of benefit eligible service (Part Time employees are not eligible for LTD).
Nursing Careers at Bridgeport Hospital
At Bridgeport Hospital, Registered Nurses at all levels of experience discover the challenges and learning opportunities of a large, sophisticated, high acuity health care environment - even as they enjoy the individualized care, personalized atmosphere and passionate commitment to excellence of a community hospital.
We offer a dynamic environment where good people and expert clinicians give their best to the community every day - and build careers for life in the process. We invite you to explore career opportunities in our diverse range of practice settings and specialty fieldsand discover what a Bridgeport Hospital career can do for you.
Opportunities for New Graduate Nurses
Bridgeport Hospital offers a nurturing, supportive environment where new graduates can begin a rewarding career in nursing. Here you will undergo a comprehensive preceptor-based and criteria-based orientation - working closely with our Nurse Managers and Clinical Educators - to ensure that you have the skills and competencies to deliver advanced care to every patient. We also offer extended internships to provide new graduates with in-depth introductions to a number of specialty areas, including:
- Critical Care
- Emergency Department
- Burn Center
- Labor & Delivery
- Newborn ICU
In addition, through the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, we offer a 20-week post-graduate Perioperative program to prepare you for the Operating Room environment.
Opportunities for Experienced RNsBridgeport Hospital prizes sophisticated compassionate nursing as a core value, and we are committed to providing our nurses with the resources and support to build a truly satisfying career. These efforts include extensive continuing education programs designed to facilitate your growth through clinical orientations and technological literacy, as well as through leadership and professional development.
We are dedicated to providing our Registered Nurses with a Professional Ladder that encourages and rewards their superior practice and professional development. To facilitate their growth, our stepped Professional Ladder (Professional Nurse I, II, III) emphasizes performance and bases promotions on quality nursing practice, demonstrated competency, participation in hospital leadership functions, continuance of education, specialty certification, and the mentoring on new nursing staff.
Currently, there are four promotion cycles per year to which a nurse can apply. Each advancement in nursing level is accompanied by a 4% increase in pay. In addition, Bridgeport Hospital is committed to developing our nursing leadership team through this process.
This commitment extends to a tuition reimbursement program for advanced degrees. All RNs at Bridgeport Hospital are eligible, and some BSN and MSN classes are held on-site at the Hospital in collaboration with area universities.
Corporate Social Responsibility
At Bridgeport Hospital, we believe that caring for the community means being an active part of it... and at every level of our organization, we're committed to going the extra mile for the people we serve and care for. As one of the area's most visible employers and sources of economic stability, the people of Bridgeport Hospital provide tremendous levels of charity care to the city of Bridgeport and beyond. From our extensive, hands-on community services to our united dedication to helping our neighbors build a better tomorrow, we are proud to be looked to and relied upon for any support we can afford the region.
Caring for the Community
Bridgeport is the most populous city in Connecticut, and the fifth-largest city in New England. It is also one of the poorest, with more than 18% of the population living below the poverty level. Bridgeport Hospital, however, is determined to ensure that an inability to pay is never a barrier to world-class medical care. Our longstanding commitment to serving the needs of the uninsured and underinsured has established us as one of New England's leading providers of free and charity care, and has led to the development of such innovative programs as:
The Bridgeport Hospital Primary Care Center, which provides Medical/Surgical, Pediatric and OB/GYN care to the underserved as well as access to a wide range of subspecialty clinics.
We are also partnered with two Bridgeport-based Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers, providing additional community-based primary care services.
Our Community Prescription Assistance Program assists uninsured and underinsured patients in obtaining expensive prescription medicine and therapies.
Our Lead Safe Program provides a temporary residence for children undergoing treatment for lead poisoning and their families.
Through the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, we provide mammography screenings, breast cancer education and support programs for uninsured women in the community.
Our Child FIRST program is an early childhood mental health initiative that identifies at-risk children and arranges appropriate intervention and support.
We offer a community-based Nurturing Connections Parenting Program for first-time parents.
Through the Bridgeport Hospital Center for Geriatrics, we provide an extensive range of services including home visits to thousands of area elderly every year.
In addition, Bridgeport Hospital also offers many support groups to individuals and families in the community, providing them with a sense of shared experience as well as valuable information and resources to help them through their challenges.
Partnerships for the Common Good
As an expression of our commitment to supporting local communities, Bridgeport Hospital has created partnerships with many organizations to promote physical, emotional and economic well-being, including:
AARP (senior driving safety courses)
The American Heart Association, including employee participation in the annual regional American Heart Walk
The Arthritis Association
The March of Dimes
American Red Cross blood drives
Co-chair and employee participation in the Southern Regional Sickle Cell Association Walkathon
The Seaview Avenue Business Alliance, a group of local businesses dedicated to cleaning up and rebuilding the Seaview Avenue corridor of Bridgeport
The Neighborhood Revitalization Zone planning committees, an important part of an ongoing, city-wide urban renewal effort
And more than 500 area businesses through their relationship with Business Health Services.
Bridgeport Hospital plays an active role in the Yale New Haven Health System Office ofEmergency Preparedness, a national leader in emergency preparedness and response initiatives. Our facility serves as the site for testing and exercises related to bioterrorism, pandemic flu outbreak, regional evacuation and other key areas.
Building for the Future Through Education
Bridgeport Hospital also leads an Allied Health program at Harding High School in Bridgeport, an inner city school populated largely by underserved students. This program exposes students to career opportunities in the health care field, and provides guidance and leadership toward that end.
The Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing workins to address the national nursing shortage by offering accelerated 18-month and 2-year RN diploma programs, and offers many full-cost scholarships to enable and encourage students to enter this professional field.
We're also working to address the shortage of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists through an active partnership with the Fairfield University Nurse Anesthesia Program, the only program in Connecticut offering an MSN with a certificate in nurse anesthesia.
We also offer a nationally certified Clinical Pastoral Education Program that provides instruction in the hospital setting to community clergy and religious laypeople.
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I have been working at Bridgeport Hospital part-time (more than 5 years)Pros
Very happy, great benefits, better than most. Wonderful staff and management. Room for advancement and are encouraged. Very fair, professional and friendly environment.Cons
Parking but better than Yale. The cost for parking is high as well. Although parking can be difficult at times, it's safe. Never had a problemRecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
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Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Bridgeport Hospital.Interview Details
Very thorough but painless. No inappropriate or uncomfortable questions. Overall process was thorough, fair and complete. Everyone made me feel comfortable and welcome. The in-person panel interviews consisted of 2 distinct visits; one was with a panel of three, and the last was with a panel of more than a dozen (e.g. CEO, Sr VP COO, Nurse Directors, Dept Heads, etc.). Plan on spending most of your day on campus as these interviews will require several hours to complete.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsFor my position there was very little to no negotiation on salary.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
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