Bristol Hospital is handling some of the most important healthcare responsibilities in this region. Currently, the Hospital handles time-sensitive healthcare needs through the Emergency Center – which sees critical patients – and the Express Care Unit, where non-critical patients are evaluated upon arrival and efficiently cared for in the Emergency Center.

The Bristol Hospital Emergency Center model of patient-focused, attentive care – which boasts one of the country’s shortest wait times – needs to be maintained. Hear from a cross section of people as to why expanding the Emergency Center is so critical.

Patient Stories

Brian K. Dehm: Board Member Turned Emergency Patient

When Development Foundation board member, Brian K. Dehm, realized he was in need of emergency care, he chose Bristol Hospital. Despite it being further for him to get to than other local community hospitals, Brian went to Bristol for an emergency appendectomy because he was confident in the abilities of the physicians and nurses in the Emergency Center.

“I knew I could count on the Emergency Center, the surgeons, the nurses, and all the caregivers here at Bristol Hospital, when I needed them most. We’re all fortunate the hospital is here, and that’s why I support it monetarily, and as a volunteer.”

Brian K. Dehm
Vice Chair, Bristol Hospital Development Foundation

Art Ward: Town Leader with His Life in Limbo

It was a cool Saturday evening in December 2010 when the call came in. Bristol Mayor Art Ward had collapsed at a local function and was being rushed to the Bristol Hospital Emergency Center. Though the situation was dire, physicians quickly implemented their “hypothermia protocol” – a process which involved cooling the body down in an effort to allow healing to take place. Things were touch and go for two solid weeks; Mayor Ward, in a medically induced coma, was in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit throughout. With attentive care by the integrated Bristol Hospital team, the Mayor made a remarkably quick recovery – walking out of the hospital’s front door just in time for Christmas.

“Bristol Hospital is, without a doubt, a first-class facility – second to none as far as my family and I are concerned. The outcome of my situation has been perceived as nothing short of a miracle, and for that we will be forever grateful.”

Art Ward
Former Mayor of Bristol

Naming Opportunities

Bristol Hospital will recognize donors who contribute to this campaign by naming in their honor a physical space within the Emergency Center.

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First Stage 7 hospital in the U.S. using Meditech 6.x records platform on EMR Adoption Model

Named a Most Wired Hospital 4 consecutive years by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

One of only two CT hospitals to earn an A grade for safety by The Leapfrog Group

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