FOR RELEASE: 9/17/2012Contact: Jackie Keren, (203) 255-5300

Stratford Mayor John Harkins Praises Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center

FAIRFIELD, CT—Stratford Mayor John Harkins thanked The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center for its service to women in need, especially those in Stratford, in a proclamation presented at the Breast Care Center on Sept. 6.
Stratford Mayor John Harkins
Stratford Mayor John Harkins congratulates Dr. Mary Pronovost, Medical Director, and Dr. Donna Twist, Executive Director, of The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.

The mayor had attended the Center’s annual Rose of Hope Luncheon in June and heard survivor Champagne Joy speak about her experience at the Center. Joy was helped through the Center’s program for women who cannot pay for their care on their own.

“Successful initiatives under the leadership of Dr. Donna Twist have helped the three Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center facilities in Connecticut to provide screening, diagnosis and other services to women in need, including those without sufficient health insurance coverage,” the mayor said in his proclamation. “Under the capable guidance of Dr. Twist and her team, The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has substantially impacted the well-being of the greater Stratford community by placing life-saving healthcare options within reach of all.”

The mayor presented the proclamation to Dr. Twist, the Center’s Executive Director, and Dr. Mary Pronovost, Medical Director of the Breast Care Center. Also present were Marc Dillon, Chief of Staff to Mayor Harkins, and Karen Kaiser, Stratford’s Economic Development Director.

The event was covered by Channel 12 and the Stratford Star. You can see the video at

Part of Bridgeport Hospital and the Yale New Haven Health System, The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. One of only 200 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.

The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine and other patient support activities. The Center also has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.

The Center is a member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers. For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.