Fund-raising report focuses on grateful patients and families


Jeanne Marie Booth and oncology nurse Fae Willet

“Making Connections” is the theme of the new Bridgeport Hospital Foundation annual fund-raising report, which features four vignettes about grateful patients or families and the hospital staff members they chose to recognize through the foundation’s Honor Your Caregiver program.

These individuals include Fairfield residents Jeanne Marie Booth, who honored oncology nurse Fae Willet for supporting her through her treatment for breast cancer; and George and Katie Coleman, who honored cardiologist Dr. Edward Pinto for his patience, compassion and constant efforts to keep them informed while under his care.

“Faced with looming reductions in the level of government funding to help care for our poorest patients, we are striving to provide the same high-quality care in a more efficient manner,” Bridgeport Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Jennings and Bridgeport Hospital Foundation President Steve Jakab wrote in the report’s introduction. “That is why the role of philanthropy is more


Gorge and Katie Coleman and Dr. Edward Pinto

important than ever before. Thanks to our donors, we have been able to sustain and even expand badly needed healthcare services for our patients and community.

Jennings and Jakab said that one of the new drivers of philanthropic support for the hospital is the Honor Your Caregiver program. Through this program, former patients and their families express their gratitude by making donations to honor a hospital caregiver who touched their lives in a special way.

For more information about the Honor Your Caregiver program and other ways to support Bridgeport Hospital or to view the full Making Connections annual report online, visit

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