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Bridgeport Hospital To Modernize NICU Thanks To Westport Family

Steve Jakab, president, Bridgeport Hospital Foundation; Susan Chudwick, director of development; Simin Allison; Julie Brown, associate director, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Robert Herzlinger, MD, director, Children’s Hospital.
Steve Jakab, president, Bridgeport Hospital Foundation; Susan Chudwick, director of development; Simin Allison; Julie Brown, associate director, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Robert Herzlinger, MD, director, Children’s Hospital. Photo Credit: Bridgeport Hospital

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A fundraising campaign is underway to modernize Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit in Bridgeport.

Spearheaded by a major naming gift from the Allison Family of Westport, the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation has launched the campaign to raise the balance of $7 million for the NICU.

"This project will support our vision to offer the best in family-centered medicine and provide the best possible outcomes for premature babies entrusted to our care," said Bridgeport Hospital Foundation President Steve Jakab.

"By providing more private rooms and patient bays as well as a centralized nurses' station, this project will improve the patient and caregiver experience significantly."

"Children's causes have always been close to my heart," said Simin Allison, explaining why she and her family provided the naming gift. "The NICU staff does an amazing job and their efforts are very impactful in the community."

Established in 1972 as the first of its kind in Fairfield County, the Bridgeport NICU provides care to 500 infants each year, including those born at less than 25 weeks' gestation.

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