New Pediatric Unit at Stamford Hospital

The New Pediatric Unit at Stamford Hospital

Stamford Health's Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Institute offers unparalleled healthcare to children in the region through a collaboration of highly trained pediatric experts. The Institute is comprised of the Cohen Children's Specialty Center located at Tully Health Center, Cohen Pediatric Emergency Department, and now the new Cohen Children's Unit.

Gerald Rakos, MD, Cohen Children's Institute, Stamford Health A Message from Gerald B. Rakos, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Director, Division of Neonatology and FAAP, Stamford Hospital


When the community speaks, we try our best to listen. Through the generous support of donors like Steven and Alexandra Cohen and The Herbert and Nell Singer Foundation, our goal of being a provider of compassionate pediatric care is now a reality.

Over the years, the demand for separate, dedicated pediatric inpatient care has increased. The goal is to care for and comfort our youngest patients in a familiar, child-friendly environment staffed by trained professionals. The result is the new pediatric inpatient unit at Stamford Hospital. Along with the pediatric emergency department, the outcome is truly a game-changer.

The theme

  • Main entrance welcomes patients and visitors with a wavy, nautical theme
  • Daylight colors of yellow and blue are meant to soothe
  • Round, frosted-glass windows simulate the joy and adventure of being inside a ship

Unit and room features:

  • 10 spacious, private rooms, all with bathtubs, and all with their own nautical art themes
  • Nursing station with direct line of sight to patient rooms
  • Unit staffed 24/7 by a team of pediatric professionals
  • Pull-out beds in every room so parents can spend the night.
  • The ability to accommodate newborns and convert beds into cribs when appropriate
  • A separate room for procedures (to allow children to rest comfortably and stress-free in their own rooms)

  • David's Treasure Chest toy closet with toys for your child to enjoy

  • Children's playroom to accommodate a range of ages

  • Games available via the GetWellNetwork

Support for families:

  • Family lounge and nourishment rooms for relaxation and comfort
  • Private consultation room for parents to discuss treatment plans with pediatricians

Talk to Us

We're here to help. For questions about your child's hospital stay, call Kathy Livolsi, our Director of Maternal/Child Health at 203.276.7179. For questions about billing or insurance, call Care Management at 203.276.7557.

Preparing Your Child for a Hospital Stay

Many of us here at the hospital are parents ourselves. And as part of the Planetree philosophy of always putting the patient first, we oftentimes think from your child’s perspective.

When it comes to our young patients, we always remember the following:

  • First and foremost, each child is just that—a child.
  • The hospital experience can be overwhelming for them.
  • They require a different approach than adults.

Children are curious by nature, and they might not know what it means to have to stay in a hospital. In fact, one of the hardest things for children to understand is that something that hurts or feels strange is actually helping them. Anticipation can cause anxiety. With this in mind, here are a few tips:

  • If your child is old enough to understand, we recommend telling him or her in advance about their upcoming stay.
  • We suggest telling older children early on about their medical condition and everything surrounding treatment.
  • Since younger children aren’t able to fully process time, you might want to tell them about their condition just a few days before.
  • Be prepared for all sorts of questions. Explain gently and honestly what they can expect. For example, instead of saying "put to sleep" when talking about anesthesia, you can talk about a special sleeping medicine. And if you’re unsure of the answer, it’s OK to say, “I don’t know.”
  • Reassurance and encouragement are key. Tell your child that someone they love will always be nearby during their stay. Encourage him or her to express feelings, fears, and fantasies. And tell your child that it’s absolutely OK to cry.
  • Make them feel at home. Feel free to pack their favorite items like toys or their coziest blanket to keep them comfortable.
  • Understand hospitalization affects the whole family. Bring siblings along for a visit, but keep in mind—they may also find this experience both challenging and stressful, so keep them informed as best as you can.

Whether your child needs inpatient hospitalization or emergency care, our inpatient unit and pediatric emergency room have you covered.