Mission: Bristol hospital and health care group is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of our community. We will provide safe, quality care and services to our patients through our continuum of services and health promotion. We will collaborate with health professionals and other organizations as advocates for our community. We will provide the opportunity for growth to our medical staff and employees in an environment where each individual is respected and valued.
Programs: As a short-term acute care community hospital, bristol hospital provides a broad spectrum of healthcare services to any individual regardless of the individual's ability to pay. The hospital provided $4,530,623 in charity care during the operating year. The hospital also provides education and wellness programs to the community. These activities typically reach about 1,600 individuals per quarter. These activities include: wellness center - special center for educational outreach programming serving hundreds of individuals per month. - community health screenings - ongoing free and reduced price screenings for mammograms, blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate cancer, skin cancer and a flu clinic providing free flu shots in the fall. - speakers bureau - a community service where the hospital provides speakers on a variety of topics to serve the community's educational needs. - periodic community service projects - the hospital has sponsored two major outreach efforts, one to promote early detection of breast cancer and one targeted to prevent colon cancer. Both programs have increased the community's compliance with the recommended cancer screenings and have been recognized with state, regional and national awards. Bristol hospital background: bristol hospital, the flagship of the bristol hospital and health care group, is committed to providing inpatient and outpatient health care services that are progressive, compassionate, coordinated, accessible, affordable, high quality and responsive to community needs. The hospital's central mission is to be the leading health care provider for the people who live and work in the greater bristol area, a role that it has played for many generations since the early 1920s. Bristol hospital serves all people who need care, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, natural origin, personal limitations, or ability to pay. In addition to being the leading health care provider, bristol hospital is also one of the area's largest employers. The hospital's board of directors is comprised of community and civic leaders, working and retired local business executives, and physicians who guide the overall philosophy and direction of the organization to meet the needs of the local community. Bristol hospital vision: bristol hospital and health care group aspires to be recognized as the best community health care provider in connecticut. Working with our patients, physicians, employees, volunteers and community, bristol hospital and health care group will utilize our core values to achieve the vision which: creates a culture of safety, quality and service that is embraced as an individual and team responsibility; ensures a user-friendly continuum modeled on providing patient-centered care and services; continually assesses and promotes new services and technology; and erves as the responsible steward and advocate for the health of our community. Bristol hospital pathways community programming: this is comprised of dozens of low cost or free classes and seminars that are offered through its pathways catalog. The catalog also is mailed to households in towns in bristol hospital's primary and secondary service areas. The community programming offered through the pathways include: weight loss surgery information, maternity, parenting education, nutrition, cpr/emt, stress relief, reiki, personal health and development, support groups, the doctor is in - free health information and seminar series, health screenings, weight loss support group, cancer care groups, evening diabetes support group, daytime diabetes support group, alzheimer's support group, overeaters anonymous, and epilepsy support. "the doctor is in" free health information and seminar series includes free presentations by the physicians of the bristol hospital multi-specialty group in the following disciplines: dementia, healthy living, fall prevention, poly pharmacy, joint health, thyroid health, smoking, copd & asthma, breast health, exercise for the elderly, and cardio and sports health. Bristol hospital community relations/benefit activities: the parent and child center at bristol hospital: the center's primary focus is on prevention of child abuse, neglect and family violence by providing support systems for families including: stress/anger management, family finances, child development, communication skills, effective discipline, and planning/decision-making skills. Bristol hospital community care team: the objective of the bristol hospital community care team is to provide patient-centered care and to improve health outcomes by developing and implementing a safety net of alternative services through multi-agency intervention and care planning. The target population is high-risk patients experiencing acute and chronic mental health issues, substance abuse and high emergency department utilization. Nurses in the community: the bristol hospital nurse executive council initiated nurses in the community to display professionalism and provide service to the community. The program includes collected food goods and clothing from numerous drives conducted at the hospital. The nurses also travel to the shelter to take blood pressures and access wounds. Health fairs: bristol hospital participates in numerous health fairs throughout the year. Adopt a family for the holidays: the employees with an opportunity to adopt a local family and purchase holiday gifts for them including clothes, basic necessities, toys, etc. In 2013, 87 children were served which equates to 54 families. West end event: the event attracted an estimated 10,000-plus people. The team from the bristol hospital obstetrics/gynecology team handed out educational materials and conducted free blood pressure checks. Texting and driving event: bristol hospital's learning center presented its annual combination medical career fair and distracting driving awareness event entitled "consequences of distracted driving. " the two-part event includes a career fair for students who may be interested in pursuing a career in health care. Teddy bear clinic: staff from bristol hospital's emergency center took part in a teddy bear clinic. The team examined dozens of teddy bears and stuffed animals and explained to them what happens during a visit to a hospital emergency department. Boys and girls club bike helmet event: team members from bristol hospital's emergency center and its physicians group, mep health, staffed a bicycle safety event at the bristol boys and girls club and family center's family fun night. Dozens of donated bike helmets were properly fitted for the children who attended the event. Medical staff, thanksgiving food donation: more than 100 members of the bristol hospital medical staff donated more than $9,700 to help families in through bristol hospital's women's, infants and children's program. Because of the generosity, approximately 180 families enjoyed a holiday meal on thanksgiving. Emergency medical services donation: the bristol hospital ems team regularly donates their time and ambulances to community events, free of charge. Some of these events include health fairs, high school sporting events, food drives and community events. Nursing students: bristol hospital oversees nursing students as part of their field training. Our nurses and pa-cs act as their supervisors, providing education, hands on learning and an open forum for questions. Job shadowing: bristol hospital provides job shadowing experiences to local high school students. Students typically shadow the nursing department, physician assistants or physical therapists. Clinical & non-clinical job fair: our education department hosts a clinical and non-clinical job fair day for high school students to come into the hospital and visit different departments to learn more about how the departments run. It provides an opportunity for students to learn about clinical and non-clinical careers in healthcare. Typically 50 students attend and 15-20 departments are represented. Bristol community organization: bristol hospital participates with the bristol community organization's employment opportunities for at risk young adults. The hospital employs the participants for 30 hours per week, six to eight weeks a year. Ems food drive: hospital employees partnered with sprint to collect food and toys for local community organizations. Food was donated to st. Vincent de paul's in bristol and toys were donated to toys for tots. Executive leadership board & committee affiliations: kurt a. Barwis, fache, president and ceo: director, qualidigm - the medicare quality improvement organization for the state of connecticut; director and co-chair of the governmental affairs committee, bristol chamber of commerce; jeanine f. Reckdenwald, sphr, vice president, human resources and support services: board, bristol education foundation