The gift will support new initiatives at the hospital based on the science of early brain development, with the goal of advancing care across the institution and assisting families and children during the critical first years of a child's life. To that end, the hospital will use the funding to establish multiyear, science-based programs that support overall family health and child development initiatives for infants born at the hospital; provide ongoing care for families after they leave the hospital; fund research to identify and evaluate the most effective and culturally competent approaches to achieving optimal health outcomes; and enhance staff training focused on children, families, and caregivers. In addition, a portion of the gift will support a partnership between the Departments of Population Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology aimed at developing and tracking measures of family and community well-being, including physical health, school readiness, and economic stability.
As a leading hospital in Brooklyn, NYU Langone is on track to deliver forty-five hundred babies annually by 2018 and register more than six hundred thousand visits to its network of nine Family Health Centers — many of them visits for prenatal and infant health.
"When we first visited NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn, we realized why it has been a beacon for Sunset Park and the surrounding community for more than a hundred years," said Bezos Family Foundation president Jackie Bezos.
"Given the nearly decade-long relationship our foundation has had with NYU Langone, and the high-quality outcomes they have achieved, the combination of academic rigor and community commitment presented an important new opportunity to support their work and provide resources to infuse the latest science on early brain development," said Mike Bezos, vice president of the foundation. "This is a wonderful community, and our hope is for them to experience care that is greater than they have ever had before."