BRISTOL -- Dr. Elizabeth Brady, the new medical director of the Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness at Bristol Hospital, believes the center has everything in place to become nationally accredited and the best breast health program in Connecticut.
“I think the program has all the elements that are required for a state-of-the-art, first-rate, second-to-none breast program,” said Brady, who started this week in her new role as medical director.
Brady said the program will look to get accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers “ASAP.”
“That says we’re as good as we know we are,” said Brady, who takes over as Dr. James Sayre retires.
“The Beekley Center has always been one of our crown jewel programs,” Bristol Health spokesperson Chris Boyle added.
Brady, who moved to Bristol from Bloomfield, said she’s all-in on the small, community hospital atmosphere that Bristol has.
“This is a community really dedicated to its hospital,” Brady said.
“I want to be a part of that. That’s why I moved here,” she enthusiastically said, as she sat in her office a few days removed from officially starting. “I want to be more than someone who works here. I’m really excited about a place where it’s more than just where you work.”
It isn’t just Brady who’s excited about joining the small community hospital in Bristol; the hospital is very happy to have her and the experience she brings.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Brady to the Beekley Center,” said Jeannie Robbins, clinical service line director at Beekley and the Bristol Health Cancer Care Center. “She’s already well known to many in our community and she brings years of experience in caring for women’s breast health.”
Brady, hospital officials said, earned her medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and completed her residency in general surgery and her fellowship training in critical care medicine at Hartford Hospital. She has served in many leading roles in her decorated career, including while serving in the U.S. Navy in which she was a recipient of a National Defense Ribbon and a Navy Achievement Medal.
Brady, hospital officials continued, is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She comes to Bristol Health with over 20 years of experience in breast surgery.
Living less than three miles away from the center will provide patients an accessibility to Brady that they otherwise wouldn’t have.
“I want that kind of availability,” she said. “When people call, the answer is yes. Then we’ll figure out how to make it happen.”
Brady knows the experience she brings to the Beekley center, but she also puts a tremendous amount of value into the existing core of the program and the people who make that quality care possible. Deciding where to take the program will be about looking at what’s in place, figuring out what can be improved upon and “deciding collectively how to make it better,” she said.
“There’s no reason we can’t be one of, if not the best program in the state,” Brady said. “I know we’ll be the best.”
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.