Bridgeport Hospital ranked high-performing in Geriatrics

Bridgeport Hospital has been ranked as “high performing” in the Geriatrics category for the third consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in the 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“The superb work of the Bridgeport Hospital physicians and staff members who care for older adults has made us all proud,” says William M. Jennings, the hospital’s president and CEO and as well as Yale New Haven Health System executive vice president.

Dr. Beata Skudlarska, executive director of Bridgeport Hospital’s Geriatrics and Palliative Care division, said the recognition by U.S. News “is not only rewarding for us as caregivers but it also reaffirms that we are providing the very best care to our patients and their families, many of whom are faced with multiple, complex challenges.”

Geriatrics section formalized in 2000

Geriatrics was established as a section in Bridgeport Hospital’s Department of Medicine when Skudlarska joined the hospital staff in 2000 as chief of geriatrics.

A freestanding Center for Geriatrics was soon opened on Armory Road in Stratford. It continues to serve as the hub for geriatricians and geriatric nurse specialists who serve patients at the hospital, nursing homes and other extended care facilities, and in patients’ homes through the center’s Home Visit Program.

In 2012, after more than a decade of growth, the Center for Geriatrics evolved into a new Geriatrics and Palliative Care service line.

Bridgeport Hospital also has a Geriatric Psychiatry Unit that provides specialized care to older adults with behavioral and cognitive disabilities, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sixteen specialties are ranked

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “Only about 15% of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best.”

U.S. News publishes the Best Hospitals rankings to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels, and other data determine the rankings in most specialties.

The rankings have been published at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available Aug. 27.