Bridgeport Hospital celebrates opening of outpatient radiology centers

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bridgeport Hospital officially marked the opening of its new outpatient radiology service with an Aug. 22 ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Fairfield outpatient radiology center, 425 Post Rd.

The center is one of four acquired from Robert D. Russo M.D. and Associates Radiology (Russo Radiology), one of the area’s oldest and best known providers of outpatient imaging services, including X-rays, mammograms and DEXA bone density exams. The centers are now collectively known as Bridgeport Hospital Outpatient Radiology.

In addition to the Fairfield facility, the newly acquired outpatient radiology centers are located at 4699 Main St. Bridgeport, which also provides CT scan services, 2909 Main St., Stratford, and 2595 Main St., Stratford, the site of an MRI service.

Bridgeport Hospital plans to open a fifth outpatient radiology center this fall at 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull, where it already provides radiation oncology and other medical services. The hospital hopes to start construction on a comprehensive outpatient cancer center at the Park Avenue site next year.

About 60 people were on hand for the ribbon cutting, including Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau, Bridgeport Hospital President and CEO Bill Jennings, hospital Chief Operating Officer Norm Roth, Russo Radiology leader Dr. Robert Russo, members of the outpatient radiology staff and other officials from Bridgeport Hospital and its parent organization, Yale New Haven Health System.

“Being part of Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System helps ensure a future that will be bigger and greater than we could’ve dreamed in 1949,” Dr. Russo said, referring to the year Russo Radiology was founded by his father, Dr. Robert D. Russo Sr. “Joining together will make a difference for everybody.”

Some Russo Radiology physicians will be retiring and some will join the Yale School of Medicine Department of Diagnostic Radiology and continue to provide professional services at the newly-acquired Bridgeport Hospital Outpatient Radiology sites. Many Russo Radiology technical and administrative employees have become Bridgeport Hospital employees.

Tetreau acknowledged the “tremendous contributions” made by Russo Radiology to healthcare and the community over the years, and commenting on his own family’s experience with Bridgeport Hospital, he said he has been impressed with the service and concern exhibited by the hospital staff.“To have that kind of organization bring that service to our community, close to home, is just phenomenal for all of us,” Tetreau said.

Jennings outlined some of the benefits of Bridgeport Hospital’s acquisition of the radiology centers. “It helps give patients what they want: high-quality healthcare services in the communities they live in,” he said.Jennings also noted that since the hospital acquired an existing radiology service, it does not add unnecessary duplication to an already financially strained healthcare marketplace.

Prior to the acquisition, Bridgeport Hospital provided outpatient radiology services only at its main campus on Grant Street in Bridgeport and at its two urgent care centers at 309 Stillson Rd., Fairfield, and 887 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton. The facilities acquired from Russo Radiology are the hospital’s first freestanding outpatient imaging centers.

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). Its Bridgeport and Milford Campuses serve patients from across the region. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.