Bianchi Way dedicated in Black Rock

FS-BianchiA section of the park at St. Mary’s By the Sea in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport was dedicated as “Bianchi Way” in honor of longtime St. Vincent’s administrator and community leader Ronald J. Bianchi, on Monday, July 30 at noon. A well-known figure and hospital spokesperson, Bianchi is retiring in August after a 37-year career with St. Vincent’s.

Ribbon cutting participants included Bianchi, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, St. Vincent’s Health Services CEO Susan L. Davis, EdD, RN, St. Vincent’s Medical Center President Stuart Marcus, MD, and Ann McManus, vice president/general manager of Cumulus Media Bridgeport (WICC/WEBE), who conceptualized and followed through on the idea of the naming. Event organizers report that United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and Governor Dannel Malloy may be in attendance. Blumenthal has been a supporter of St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound since its early days.

 

The section of the park named in Bianchi’s honor is located in front of the flagpole at St. Mary’s Point. Two benches will flank the flagpole on each side. The words “Bianchi Way” will be etched into a stone slab that will further designate the area named in honor of the popular St. Vincent’s Medical Center (SVMC) administrator, SVMC Foundation and SWIM Across the Sound leader.

Members of the community came together to recognize Bianchi for his contributions to the greater Bridgeport area through his work at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in community relations and legislative advocacy, and in organizing and nurturing the growth of St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound cancer charity, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. During his career with St. Vincent’s, Bianchi raised more than $350 million to help the hospital and its affiliates grow services, provide access to the underserved, and bring in new technology.

The SWIM has grown from a single marathon race in 1987 raising $5,000 to a year-long series of events which, in 2011, raised $2.6 million and helped 20,000 people through its more than 35 programs. The SWIM has had a unique niche, providing cancer education, screening and prevention programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured. It also contributed significantly to the creation of the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. Vincent’s.

For more details on the event, call St. Vincent’s Foundation at 203-576-5451.

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