St. Vincent's Medical Center

St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., is the School of Medicine's principal clinical partner. More than 150 of its physicians will serve on the School of Medicine clinical faculty.

St. Vincent's is a 473-bed community teaching and referral hospital that provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services with regional centers of excellence in cardiology, surgery, cancer care, orthopedics, radiology, emergency medicine, women's health services, family services, behavioral health and an array of specialized services.

With an active medical staff of more than 700 physicians representing a comprehensive range of more than 50 medical and surgical specialties and sub specialties, St. Vincent's is a member of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic non-profit health care system in the nation. A subsidiary of St. Vincent's Health Services, St. Vincent's is a level II trauma center with a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility located in Westport, Conn.

St. Vincent's prides itself on its outstanding reputation in the area due to its long tradition of providing patients with state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment services coupled with holistic and compassionate care. Specialists perform the most advanced procedures usually only found within major academic facilities, while ensuring that each patient receives the individualized care available only in a community-based setting. The result is cutting-edge medicine in a comfortable and healing environment.

In 2013, the St. Vincent's was named best hospital in Fairfield County and western Connecticut by U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. Learn more about the ranking

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Clinical Faculty

Through clinical rotations at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Quinnipiac students will receive training from outstanding specialists recognized in their fields who have the education, training and experience to mentor the next generation of primary care physicians and help Quinnipiac to grow the School of Medicine into one of the premier medical schools in the country.

At St. Vincent's, physicians are committed to interdisciplinary medical education encouraging collaboration and cooperation between all specialties and staff members. Many of the physicians have been recognized in their fields for pioneering minimally invasive and innovative procedures and introducing the latest technology to  produce the best outcomes for patients and improve their experience.

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Emphasis on Patient Care + Safety

Clinical faculty members are looking forward to educating students in the clinical sciences and teaching them the principles of safe, reliable, high quality patient care that is already pervasive throughout the St. Vincent's affiliated community.

From prevention and education on sophisticated treatments provided, optimum quality and safety are seamlessly coordinated into care. This is accountable health care, and St. Vincent's is already doing it.

St. Vincent's transformed itself into a culture of high reliability through the launching of a safety program several years ago, translating the processes of high risk industries into the health care setting.  St. Vincent's trained all its physicians and employees throughout the system, even those not in clinical or caregiver roles, in behaviors to reduce errors and improve safety, implementing   tools such as the daily "safety huddle" or meeting, quickly identifying and correcting safety issues. In 2012 and 2013, the hospital received the  "A" Hospital Safety Score  from the Leapfrog Group, a national organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. St. Vincent's is one of only two Connecticut hospitals to receive both the Leapfrog "A"  and Nursing Magnet®  recognition, the highest national award for nursing excellence.

The Connecticut Hospital Association awarded the Medical Center the 2012 John D. Thompson Award for its safety program, and St. Vincent's was also featured by the Joint Commission as a model of a high reliability organization.

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Mission + History

At St. Vincent's, the goal is to deliver world-class care in a friendly nurturing environment. The hospital's mission to continue the healing ministry of its founders serves as a guide in carrying on activities every day to meet the needs of the community including the  sick, poor, homeless, handicapped and frail elderly in the greater Bridgeport area.

Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1903, St. Vincent's filled the need for a Catholic hospital to meet the holistic health care needs of the European immigrant populations who were flocking to Bridgeport, Conn. The hospital's cupola on top of the building quickly became a city landmark and a beacon of hope to the whole community.

St. Vincent's Hospital opened its doors on June 28, 1905. By the end of the first day, more than 70 patients had been treated. In 1976, with the opening of a new modern building almost twice the size of the old one, the organization became St. Vincent's Medical Center, to reflect its expansion and offering of more comprehensive services. An ambulatory pavilion was added in 2003 to house expanded outpatient services, and in 2010, the new Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care opened to the community.  

Today, St. Vincent's continues its commitment to education in health care fields through programs offered at St. Vincent's College and St. Vincent's Medical Center's Graduate Medical Education Program.

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Specialized Facilities

St. Vincent's has set new standards in care with the opening of its state-of-the-art 30-bed Intensive Care and Critical Care Unit and 27,000 square foot Operating Suite, including 10 operating rooms and a 12-bed post-anesthesia unit (PACU). In 2009, a new $10.5 million, 13,500 square foot Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) opened, housing four operating rooms, a 12-bed recovery suite, a cystoscopy room and an expanded procedure room for minimally invasive procedures.

St. Vincent's acquired the da Vinci Robot SI System, the most advanced model of robotic technology, whose camera provides high-definition 3-D images, giving surgeons the clearest pictures to date. In addition to incorporating the latest technology and design standards, both the main OR and the ASC feature a tracking system that improves communications between staff and family members, part of St. Vincent's patient and family-centered approach to care. Learn more

St. Vincent's is shaping the future of health care through its commitment to bring the latest technology to the area including the Novalis Tx radiosurgery, a painless, non-invasive outpatient procedure for cancerous and non-cancerous conditions of the entire body. Other technological advances include the new interventional radiology and electrophysiology suites, 3-D breast tomosynthesis, 3-D cardiac ultrasound, nuclear camera and a digital picture archiving (PACS) system that enables a physician to read X-rays and scans, enter orders and review a patient's electronic medical record online.

The hospital is now in the final stages of a $145 million building project, which encompasses the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, which opened in January 2010, and the Michael J. Daly Center for Trauma and Emergency Care, which opened in fall 2010. The new 125,000-square foot, four-story wing, has tripled  space in the emergency department, and has consolidated cancer services in one location, reducing the time between diagnosis and treatment. The new cancer center  seamlessly coordinates a multitude of complex services and allows area residents to receive high-quality care with state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable setting within their own neighborhood.


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Kathy Harper, DO, has been teaching medical students for nearly 20 years. Trained in osteopathic medicine, Harper brings a slightly different approach to her practice and teaching of medicine.


Faculty Spotlight

As a family medicine practitioner for 15 years, Dr. Kellie Watkins-Colwell, MD, has been able to create effective and long-lasting bonds with her patients.


Faculty Spotlight

As a primary care physician, Dr. George Goldfarb enjoys the close relationships he has with patients. "I get to know my patients and their families."