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Pfriem Foundation Gives $2M Grant For Cancer Care At Bridgeport Hospital

Pfriem Foundation supports Bridgeport Hospital. See story for IDs.
Pfriem Foundation supports Bridgeport Hospital. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Norma F. Pfriem Foundation has provided a new $2 million gift to Bridgeport Hospital to support the care of cancer patients at the hospital’s main campus and outpatient locations.

The gift was presented last month by Pfriem Foundation trustees Paul Miller and Matthew Woods to Bridgeport Hospital Foundation President Steve Jakab, Norma Pfriem Breast Center Executive Director Donna Twist and Norma Pfriem Cancer Institute Patient Services Director Peg Parniawski.

This is the 10th consecutive year the Pfriem Foundation has donated to the hospital since the death of Fairfield philanthropist Norma Pfriem in 2005.

“The generosity of Norma Pfriem and the Pfriem Foundation has had a profound impact on the level and quality of cancer care provided by Bridgeport Hospital over the years,” Jakab said. “Given that the hospital serves more than 1,000 new cancer patients each year, and the breast center has served nearly 20,000 patients to date, well over 30,000 patients and numerous family members have benefitted from Pfriem Foundation gifts to the hospital.”

Pfriem supported a number of community organizations and causes during her lifetime. In appreciation for the care provided by Bridgeport Hospital to her late brother, John Pfriem, publisher of the Bridgeport Post (later the Connecticut Post), Norma Pfriem provided a gift that established the Norma Pfriem Cancer Center at the hospital in 1996.

Another gift in 1999 established the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, with locations at Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield.

When Pfriem died, she left her entire estate to charity and selected Bridgeport Hospital as one of her beneficiaries.

Photo caption, from left: Bridgeport Hospital President and CEO Bill Jennings, Pfriem Foundation trustee Matthew Woods, Norma Pfriem Breast Center Executive Director Donna Twist, Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute Patient Services Director Peg Parniawski, Pfriem Foundation trustee Paul Miller and Bridgeport Hospital Foundation President Steve Jakab.

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