Stamford Health overhauls its neonatal intensive care unit

Stamford Health overhauls its neonatal intensive care unit

STAMFORD — When parents are visiting a baby in a newborn intensive care unit, they want privacy, compassion and security. What they likely don’t want is to be separated from other families by little more than a curtain.

But for years, that was what they had at Stamford Health’s neonatal intensive care unit. The facility mainly consisted of a few large rooms with patient stations cordoned off by curtains, said Dr. Gerald Rakos, Department of Pediatrics Chair at Stamford Health. 

“Our old NICU was really a fundamentally dated design,” he said. “It was essentially a ward, and modern medicine has really moved away from wards.”

So Rakos said he was glad to see the hospital’s newborn care take a bigger step into the modern age Thursday, by unveiling its newly renovated Cohen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Whittingham Pavilion on the Bennett Medical Center Campus. The modernization was funded in large part by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, which made a $5 million philanthropic commitment to the initiative in October 2021.