Geriatrics and Palliative Care Team recognized for transforming care

Empathy Award

(l-r): Jackie Bostick, RN; Anthony Arslan, DO; Kristin Edwards, MD; Vivian Argento, MD; Susan Storck, APRN; Mithil Choksey, MD; Brenda Renzulli, APRN; Marina Blagodatny, MD


Congratulations to the Geriatrics and Palliative Care team at Bridgeport Hospital for receiving the 2018 International Empathy Amplified Award during the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit June 20. The award recognizes individuals who transform care through courtesy, communication and compassion.

The team was nominated by President and CEO Bill Jennings, who cited the leadership of Vivian Argento, MD, executive director; Gina Caider, vice-president, Ambulatory Services; Mithil Choksey, MD, medical director, Geriatrics; Kristin Edwards, MD, medical director, Palliative Care; and Gary Smart, director, Community Health, along with many others for providing outstanding care and support to geriatric patients and their families.

“I’m very proud of the team for winning this award and even more proud of the large and small gestures of compassionate care driven by their empathy,” said Dr. Argento. “I’m also exceptionally proud to be a part of Bridgeport Hospital, which has embraced the Geriatric and Palliative Care service line by allowing us to integrate so completely into daily operations and patient care.”

Selected from over 100 nominees, Bridgeport Hospital was one of only five finalists for the award along with MD Anderson Cancer Center, Ghosh Cancer Center, Children’s National Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic.

“Without the support and culture of our hospital, winning this award would not have been possible, so it truly is a team award,” Dr. Argento said.