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Caring Today for Your Tomorrow

About Us

A long-standing and continued commitment 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 154 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, innovative 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 & Chief Financial Officer

Edward Henry, MHA
Vice President of Ambulatory Services & Executive Director, Bristol Health Medical Group

Chris Ann Meaney, DNP, MHA RN-BC, NE-BC
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing Officer

Christine Laprise
Vice President, Human Resources & Administrative Services

Board of Directors Medical Staff Officers

Our Policies

Bristol Health exists to serve the community by providing the highest quality, and safest care to all those who walk through its doors. Policies and procedures are in place to ensure that we can effectively carry out our mission and vision each and every day. Click on the links below to read more about each of these important policies. 

Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Pricing & Financial Assistance

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Process

HIPAA Privacy Policy

Code of Conduct: Corporate Compliance


Nov 25, 2020

2020 Press Ganey Leading Innovator

Bristol Health has been named a 2020 Leading Innovator by Press Ganey for our overall response to meet our community's needs during the pandemic.

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Sep 16, 2020

Experts Say Routine Medical Care Is Important Amid Pandemic

Andrew Lim, MD, medical director of emergency medicine at Bristol Health, discusses on NBC Connecticut how COVID-19 affected hospital emergency departments across the state and why continuing to receive your routine care is important during the pandemic.

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Apr 15, 2020

Lisa Coates Featured on "Face of Connecticut"

Lisa Coates, LCSW, operations manager of the Bristol Health Counseling Center, was the featured guest on this Sunday's WTIC Face Connecticut public affairs program. Listen to her interview here.

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Mar 31, 2020

HEALTHY LIVING: Make emotional health a priority during these trying times

During times of increased stress, we have to consider our emotional immune system. Our emotions play a significant role in how our body responds to stressful situations. To care for our family members and all those in our lives, we have to take care of ourselves as well.

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Mar 30, 2020

Bristol Health launches telemedicine program to limit in-person contact and help flatten the curve

Bristol Health Medical Group doctors have begun seeing many patients using a telemedicine video service that helps limit person-to-person contact and cut down on possible exposures to the coronavirus.

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Mar 18, 2020

ESPN: How to make mental health a priority during the coronavirus pandemic

ESPN spoke with Rebecca Colasanto, LCSW, the system director of behavioral health for Bristol Health, about how to manage and respond to the anxiety and stress that come with these rare times.

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Feb 04, 2020

HEALTHY LIVING: Learn the signs of heart disease

February is American Heart Month and there is no better time to discuss and raise awareness about heart disease.

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Jan 21, 2020

Healthy Living: Set some health goals you can stick to for 2020

Every year millions around the world see the New Year as a fresh start and an opportunity to accomplish big goals in the upcoming year. Many of us have started previous years with the resolve to lose 20 pounds, run a 5K, meditate more or eat less sugar, only to be exhausted and frustrated by February. So how do we create a plan for 2020 (and beyond) that we can actually stick to?

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