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Published: 07/30/2011

St. Vincent's #1 Hospital and Walk-In Centers!

best ofFor the third consecutive year,St. Vincent's was voted the Best Hospital in the Fairfield County Weekly Readers Poll 2011 conducted by Fairfield County Weekly newspaper.

This year for the first time a new category was added, Best Walk- In Center, and again St. Vincent's was rated number one by readers.

The annual poll ran during the last two weeks in February and first two weeks of March both in print and on the website with approximately 200 categories that spanned healthcare and fitness facilities, physician practices,the arts, restaurants and all types of retail outlets. The results were tabulated, and the first, second and third place winners were announced in the two largestissues of the year to be distributed in May.

The Fairfield County Weekly is a free news, arts and entertainment weekly newspaper that is distributed throughout Fairfield County, with a distribution of 35,000 papers each Thursday, and an estimated readership of 75,000 readers. It is published by New Mass Media Inc., a subsidiary of the Chicago-based Tribune Company.

Urgent Care/Walk-Ins Change Name With a new name, new signage and a new designation as Best in the County as voted by the readers of Fairfield County Weekly, the St. Vincent's Urgent Care/Walk-In Centers, formerly known as the Immediate Health Care Centers (IHC),are on a course to better serve area residents.

In 2010, Frank Scifo, MD, was appointed medical director, while retaining the position of director of primary care development at the Medical Center. Kathleen Woods,RN, MSN, was also named nursing director of the Walk-Ins at that time, adding to her responsibilities in the Emergency Department.

The new leadership structure allows closer alignment between the ED and the Urgent Care/Walk-In Centers, with the goal of increasing community presence for all four sites,located in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Monroe and Shelton.

"The IHC name focused on tying walk-in care and the work care program together," said Dr. Scifo. "With the separation of these functions, we decided it was the right time to adopt a new name. Also, 'urgent care' is the more nationally accepted nomenclature for the services we provide."

Together Dr. Scifo and Kathleen Woods are shaping a vision to raise awareness of the services that the Urgent Care/Walk-Ins provide, create a partnership with each host community, increase volume and grow business.

"Our outpatient services will continue to be heavily emphasized as we move into the next decade,expand into other areas and meet needs in the community," said Kathleen Woods.

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