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Children’s Unit, With Under-The-Sea Theme, Opens At Stamford Hospital

Steven and Alexandra Cohen join Kathleen Silard, executive vice president of Stamford Hospital, to officially open the new Stamford Health Cohen Children’s Unit.
Steven and Alexandra Cohen join Kathleen Silard, executive vice president of Stamford Hospital, to officially open the new Stamford Health Cohen Children’s Unit. Photo Credit: Contributed
The grand opening of the Stamford Health Cohen Children’s Unit in the completely renovated space on the second floor of Stamford Health’s Whittingham Pavilion.
The grand opening of the Stamford Health Cohen Children’s Unit in the completely renovated space on the second floor of Stamford Health’s Whittingham Pavilion. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. — The new Cohen Children’s Unit at Stamford Hospital provides a new space for treating young patients while supporting the whole family — all in a renovated wing of the Whittingham Pavilion.

The unit opened earlier this month, with 10 all-private patient rooms with individual bathrooms. Each room is designed with plenty of space to house the latest healthcare technology and to allow parents to work and stay overnight, if desired.

And they are all decorated with a whimsical “under-the-sea” theme, featuring soothing nautical designs, ocean colors and bright fish.

Alexandra Cohen, president of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, joined Kathleen Silard, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Stamford Health, to officially open the new unit.

“Thanks to the longstanding support of Alex and Steve, we are able to not only continue their mission to provide exceptional care for children in a variety of communities – but also complete our vision to invest in leading mother-baby and pediatric services right here in Stamford,” said Silard.

Designed by the architects at EYP Health who helped create Stamford’s unique 650,000-square-foot hospital that opened last year, the Cohen Children’s Unit provides a similar environment for treating young patients.

“Every child deserves access to the highest-quality care that is close to home and allows the family to stay together during a hospitalization,” said Alex Cohen. “Steven and I are grateful to help create a unique facility that offers that to our community.”

The new unit also includes an area for siblings to play, a kitchen, family lounge and a private consultation room. Four of the rooms are dedicated as the Herbert and Nell Singer Care Unit, and are located close to the care station so that staff can closely monitor patients with more complex needs or who may require a longer stay.

“There are few, if any, community hospitals investing in pediatric-specific facilities today, and most resort to treating young patients in adult spaces,” said Dr. Gerald Rakos, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of the Cohen Children’s Institute. “I was so pleased to share Alex and Steve’s vision to create a unique place that embraces our children and their families when they need it most.”

The Cohen Foundation has presented landmark gifts to several hospitals and organizations.

This new inpatient unit is the latest addition to the Stamford Health Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Institute. In 2014, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation announced an additional contribution, providing a total of $20 million, to create an institute offering unparalleled healthcare to children in the region.

The Cohen Children’s Institute offers unique pediatric care in a variety of locations, including the new Cohen Children’s Unit, Cohen Children’s Specialty Center at Tully Health Center and the Cohen Pediatric Emergency Department at the new Stamford Hospital.

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to inspiring philanthropy and community service.

In July, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Skating Center and Fountain at Mill River Park in downtown Stamford.

The Cohens made a $5 million donation for construction of the rink, a warming shelter and a fountain.

Steven Cohen is the founder of the Point72 Asset Management hedge fund headquartered in Stamford. Cohen, the second richest man in Connecticut, has a net worth of $13 billion, according to Forbes.

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