The largest gift in the hospital's history will be used to create the Cohen Children's Institute, which will incorporate all current and future pediatric services at Stamford Hospital, including the Cohen Children's Specialty Center — established with a $5 million gift from investor Steven Cohen and his wife, Alexandra, in 2006 — and a fully integrated pediatric inpatient unit to be created in the Whittingham Pavilion of the new hospital when it opens in 2016. Scheduled to open in 2017, the inpatient unit will include ten large private rooms for young patients and space for visiting family members.
"This generous gift will enable the hospital to provide a world-class, comprehensive patient-centered healing environment, as well as advanced emergency, trauma, surgical, and non-urgent medical care for our pediatric patients," said Gerald Rakos, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of the new institute. "The Cohen Children's Institute will be a platform for attracting and retaining nationally recognized talent. We are extremely grateful to Steve and Alex Cohen for their continued and generous support as we move into a new generation of pediatric patient care."
"Steven and I are happy to support the continued expansion of pediatric services at Stamford Hospital and to help create state-of-the-art facilities needed to care for our community's children," said Alexandra Cohen. "We want families in our region to know that they can get access to top-quality medical care right here in Stamford, no matter what their financial status."