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Bridgeport Hospital screenings, support groups, classes in August
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Bridgeport Hospital will offer the following classes, screenings, services and support groups in August.

Billing questions – Bridgeport Hospital provides free, confidential assistance to patients and families with questions about their hospital bills. Financial counselors are available during regular business hours to discuss billing issues and payment assistance options, including eligibility for free or discounted care. Bridgeport Hospital also pays a state employee to be on site to help patients apply for Medicaid and other state assistance programs. For an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-384-3449.

Blood pressure screenings – Bridgeport Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the following locations and times. For information, call 888-357-2396.
• Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, Mondays, Aug. 7 and 21, 9:30 - 11:30 am.
• Stratford Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St., Monday, Aug. 14, 9:30 - 11 am.
• Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St., Monday, Aug. 28, noon - 2 pm.

Breastfeeding basics – Saturdays, Aug. 5 and Aug. 26, 10 am - 12:30 pm, Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. Taught by a certified lactation consultant, this class covers the benefits of breastfeeding, establishing and maintaining milk supply, latch-on and positioning techniques, how to know if baby is getting enough breast milk, trouble-shooting, debunking myths and fitting breastfeeding into a busy lifestyle. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/events.

Car seat installation – Learn how to properly install a car seat in your vehicle and secure your child in the seat. Bridgeport Hospital provides free instruction from a certified technician. For an appointment, call 203-200-KIDS (5437).

Childbirth preparation – Saturday, Aug. 12, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, or Sunday, Aug. 13, 9 am - 4 pm, Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull. A class on the essentials of labor and birth. Topics include stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures, positioning, partner's role, pain management, medications, cesarean birth, and postpartum adjustment. Newborn care is discussed during the four-week class or during your hospital stay if you elect the one-day class. The class is taught by a certified childbirth educator and provides total preparation for childbirth. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/events.

Expectant parent classes and tours – Bridgeport Hospital offers classes and tours for new and expectant parents, including:
• Birthplace Tours - Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 6 - 7 pm.
• Infant CPR Anytime - Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 7:15 - 8:15 pm.
To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/events.

First aid and safety classes – Bridgeport Hospital’s Emergency Care Institute will offer the following American Heart Association self-care classes at the hospital, 267 Grant St. Registration is required. Call 888-357-2396 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/events.
• Administration of Medicine – Tuesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 24, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Cost is $60 for full program or $25 for injectable only.
• Adult, Child and Infant CPR/Defibrillator Training – Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6 - 9 pm. Cost is $75.
• Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers – Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6 - 10 pm. Cost is $100 or $75 for recertification.
• Pediatric First Aid/Safety and Adult, Child and Infant CPR/Defibrillator Training - Saturday, Aug.12, 8:30 am - 5 pm. Cost is $110 for the full class or $80 for the first aid portion only, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
For information about workplace or community-based group classes, call 203-384-4497.

Genetic counseling – Bridgeport Hospital, in partnership with the Smilow Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, provides weekly genetic counseling services by appointment, at Norma Pfriem Breast Center, 111 Beach Road, Fairfield, and Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Ave, Trumbull. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-200-4362.

Healthy Traveler service – Bridgeport Hospital’s Healthy Traveler service provides pre-travel consultations, travel vaccines, medications and comprehensive travel information. Services include evaluation of travel-related hazards linked to food, drinking water, insects, animals, deep-vein thrombosis, sunburn, jet lag, swimming, scuba diving and more. For information or to make an appointment, call 203-384-3613.

Physician information and referrals – Bridgeport Hospital provides free information about and referrals to more than 600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-357-2396 for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. Bridgeport Hospital physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Senior driving course – AARP’s Smart Driver course will be offered 9 am - 1 pm Saturday, Aug. 12, in the first-floor Administration Conference Room at Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, which covers handouts and instructional materials. Classes are taught by trained AARP instructors. Successful completion may entitle seniors to a discount on automobile insurance premiums. To register, call 888-357-2396 or visit www.bridgeporthospital.org/events.

Understanding weight-loss surgery – Free informational seminars are held regularly at 112 Quarry Rd., Trumbull, for people interested in learning more about weight-loss surgery. The seminars are presented by Andrew Duffy, MD, program director, and Saber Ghiassi, MD, Bridgeport Hospital site director, Yale Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. Candidates for weight-loss (bariatric) surgery are generally 60 or more pounds overweight or have type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, gastric reflux, hypertension or cardiovascular disease. For dates and times and to register, call 203-789-6237.



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