Caring Today for Your Tomorrow

About Us

A long-standing and continued commitment to to the well-being of our community.

Central Connecticut's Trusted Healthcare System

We’ve cared for your health for the last 100 years, and we’re committed to continuing to care for you for many more. As a complete network of local and community-based services, we are focused on keeping you and your loved ones at your best. We’re so much more than a hospital; we are Bristol Health.

Founded in 1921, we continue to be the leading health provider for those who live and work in the Greater Bristol area. Our organization has earned national recognition for its commitment to providing outstanding patient care. Our hospital has 169 licensed beds and offers a complete range of patient services including a first-rate emergency center that cares for more than 40,000 patients each year.

As healthcare has changed through the years, so have we. Having grown from a community hospital (founded in 1921) to an integrated network that provides a full-continuum of services - both inpatient and outpatient - Bristol Hospital and Healthcare Group, in 2019, became Bristol Health. The name change better reflects our integrated network of providers and the full scope of care we have offered the community for years. The organization's name has changed, but its commitment to the highest quality, compassionate and advanced care remains.

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: Caring today for your tomorrow
Vision: Advancing the health of our community by providing integrated, innovated and individualized care.

What does it mean to care today for your tomorrow? Simply put, it is to provide accessible and convenient care, focused on wellness and prevention, all delivered to the highest quality. As healthcare has changed throughout the years, so have we. With now more than 20 locations, we've grown from a community hospital to an intergrated network providing a full-continuum of services.

We have 20 locations throughout central Connecticut, making access to care more accessible than ever.
Our integrated network consists of over 100 primary and specialty care providers.
Top Ranked
We are the No. 1 full-service hospital in Connecticut for preventing hospital-acquired infections.


Our leadership team is fully committed to providing our patients with the highest-quality care using the latest technologies in healthcare and increased access to care and services, bringing the care needed to produce the healthiest of communities as close to as many in our area as possible. 

Kurt A. Barwis, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer

Richard Braam, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Edward Henry, MHA
Executive Director, Bristol Health Medical Group

Chris Ann Meaney, DNP, MHA RN-BC, NE-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Robert Smanik, FACHEC
Vice President, Operations

Board of Directors Medical Staff Officers


Nov 08, 2019

Newest medical director at Bristol Hospital brings experience, veteran savvy

Bristol Hospital’s newest medical director brings with him over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and 11 years in the Army Special Forces.

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Nov 07, 2019

Bristol Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety For The Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Bristol Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Bristol Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

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Nov 01, 2019

Back to Moving Pain Free

After three successful joint replacement surgeries, Maria Cianchetti was able to get back to moving pain-free with help from a Bristol Health physical therapist.

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Oct 22, 2019

Back to Active, Back to Life

Sandi has always been active. When a torn bicep and rotator cuff threatened her lifestyle, she trusted Bristol Health to help.

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Oct 22, 2019

Strong Woman. Strong Heart.

With the help and support of her Bristol Health team, Linda Murdock strengthened her heart and overcame mitral valve regurgitation.

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Oct 15, 2019

Bristol Hospital will now work to make sure people addicted to opioids get both immediate treatment and support for long-term recovery

Looking to improve chances for survival for people addicted to opioids, Bristol Hospital has begun immediately starting them on Suboxone treatment and connecting them with recovery coaches and counselors.

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Oct 15, 2019

Lymphedema Can't Hold Her Down

Sally Bain-Picard was weighed down by lymphedema in her legs. With the help of a Bristol Health physical therapist, her legs returned to normal size, giving her more freedom.

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Oct 09, 2019

Bristol Hospital moves ahead with $15M emergency-room overhaul

Bristol Hospital is preparing to embark on the next phase of a $15-million expansion and renovation that will roughly double the size of its emergency department.

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