Community & Wellness

Improving the Public Health and Quality of Life in Southern Connecticut

St. Vincent’s Community-Based Healthcare is designed to enhance the public health and quality of life in southern Connecticut and improve access to health services for members in and around the communities we serve. The program is structured in a way to deliver and sustain the desired services and outreach to those who are struggling. Our goal is to make a measurable impact on the community by extending our resources in areas that will benefit most.  

As part of our dedication to the community, St. Vincent’s Medical Center provides the highest quality primary care services to children and adults of all ages whether uninsured or underinsured, low-income, handicapped, homeless, frail, elderly or homebound. To perform these services, St. Vincent’s has formed a number of programs to deliver appropriate care.

Community Health Needs Assessment

St. Vincent’s is the founding member of the Primary Care Action Group (PCAG), a collaboration of local hospitals, departments of public health, federally qualified health centers, health advocacy groups and numerous community and not-profit organizations serving the greater Bridgeport, Connecticut area. PCAG’s goal is to measurably improve the health of area residents through increasing access of the underserved and uninsured to primary and specialty care, and to affordable health insurance coverage for all. PCAG has led a process since 2012 to assess the health needs of the Greater Bridgeport community. The result of this comprehensive analysis is the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). St. Vincent’s participated with the PCAG to develop a comprehensive Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address the major unmet needs in the region. Copies of the CHNA and CHIP are available in the Marketing & Communications Department of St. Vincent's Medical Center or by clicking on the links below. St. Vincent’s welcomes your input to the Community Health Needs Assessment process and encourages you to send ideas, suggestions, or recommendations to: Bill Hoey, MAHCM, LCSW at or by mail at 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT, 06606. Your input along with information gathered by the PCAG will be reviewed and acted upon regularly

Please click on the links below to view the reports.

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

2016 Community Health Improvement Plan

2013 Community Health Needs Assessment

2013 Community Health Improvement Plan

Medical Mission at Home 2015

St. Vincent’s Medical Mission at Home, an Ascension initiative, is an annual community wellness event where hundreds of volunteers and medical staff come together to provide free medical services, support and more to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Community Benefit Programs

  • The Dispensary of Hope provides needed pharmaceuticals to the uninsured. Learn more
  • The Parish Nurse Program extends health care services through local churches and congregations of all denominations and faiths. Learn more

Financial Aid and Insurance Assistance

Would you like to speak with one of our financial aid representatives or learn more about St. Vincent's financial assistance programs? Read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding bill-pay or financing hospital services, call us and make an appointment, or download, print and fill out a financial aid application here.