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Bridgeport Hospital screenings, support groups, classes in May
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Bridgeport Hospital

Bridgeport Hospital will offer the following classes, screenings, services and support groups during May.

Billing questions – Bridgeport Hospital provides free, confidential assistance to patients and families with questions about their hospital bills. Financial counselors are available during regular business hours to discuss billing issues and payment assistance options, including eligibility for free or discounted care. Bridgeport Hospital also pays a state employee to be on site to help patients apply for Medicaid and other state assistance programs. For an appointment to see a financial counselor, call 203-384-3449.

Blood pressure screenings – Bridgeport Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the following locations and times. For information, call 888-357-2396.

• Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Mondays, May 1 and 15, 9:30 - 11:30 am
• Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Monday, May 8, 9:30 - 11 am
• Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Monday, May 22, noon - 2 pm

Childbirth preparation – Sunday, May 20, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, or Sunday, May 21, 9 am - 4 pm, Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. A class on the essentials of labor and birth. Topics include stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures, positioning, partner's role, pain management, medications, cesarean birth, and postpartum adjustment. Newborn care is discussed during the four-week class or during your hospital stay if you elect the one-day class. The class is taught by a certified childbirth educator and provides total preparation for childbirth. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

Diabetes 101: What You Need to Know – Thursday, May 18, 8 - 10 am, Northeast Medical Group office, 112 Quarry Rd., Trumbull. During this free lecture, pharmacist Haley Ball will discuss the nature, causes, risk factors and complications of diabetes, treatment options and their possible complications, and nutrition and exercise goals. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

Expectant parent classes and tours – Bridgeport Hospital offers classes and tours for new and expectant parents, including:

• Birthplace Tours - Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6 - 7 pm
• Infant CPR Anytime - Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7:15 - 8:15 pm
To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

First aid and safety classes – Bridgeport Hospital’s Emergency Care Institute will offer the following American Heart Association self-care classes at the hospital, 267 Grant St. Registration is required. Call 888-357-2396 or visit
• Administration of medicine – Thursday, May 11, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Cost is $60 for the full program and $25 for injectables only (6:30 - 8 pm).
• Pediatric first aid/safety and adult, child and infant CPR/defibrillator training two-year certification - Saturday, May 13, 8:30 am - 5 pm. Cost is $110 for the full class or $80 for the first aid portion only, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
For information about workplace or community-based group classes, call 203-384-4497.

Genetic counseling – Bridgeport Hospital, in partnership with the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, provides weekly genetic counseling services by appointment, at Norma Pfriem Breast Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield, and Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave, Trumbull. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-200-4362.

Healthy Traveler service – Bridgeport Hospital’s Healthy Traveler service provides pre-travel consultations, travel vaccines, medications and comprehensive travel information. Services include evaluation of travel-related hazards linked to food, drinking water, insects, animals, deep-vein thrombosis, sunburn, jet lag, swimming, scuba diving and more. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-384-3613.

Physician information and referrals - Bridgeport Hospital provides free information about and referrals to more than 600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-357-2396 for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. Bridgeport Hospital physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Senior driving course – AARP’s Smart Driver course will be offered Saturday, May 6, 9 am -
1 pm, in the first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, which covers handouts and instructional materials. Classes are taught by trained AARP instructors. Successful completion may entitle seniors to a discount on automobile insurance premiums. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit

Stroke support group – Tuesday, May 2, 6 - 7 pm, Ahlbin Rehabilitation Center, 4 Corporate Drive, Shelton. For information, call 203-925-4201.

Understanding weight-loss surgery – Free informational seminars are held regularly at 112 Quarry Rd., Trumbull, for people interested in learning more about weight-loss surgery. The seminars are presented by Andrew Duffy, MD, program director, and Saber Ghiassi, MD, Bridgeport Hospital site director, Yale Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. Candidates for weight-loss (bariatric) surgery are generally 60 or more pounds overweight or have type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, gastric reflux, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. For dates and times and to register, call 203-789-6237.

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