Stamford Health Receives $5 Million Donation from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Published: October 12, 2021

Today, Stamford Health announced that it has received a philanthropic commitment of $5 million from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation as part of its Campaign for Women and Babies.  The new campaign will help fund the modernization of the Whittingham Pavilion on Stamford Health’s Bennett Medical Center Campus, along with the expansion of other services and programs throughout Stamford Health, all focused on providing the best care for women and babies. The Cohen Foundation’s generous commitment will go directly toward a total modernization of Stamford Health’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), ensuring it is able to maintain use of state-of-the-art equipment and renovate the facilities to align with the patient and family-centered care they provide to the community.

“All of us at Stamford Health are so grateful for the continuous support from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation,” said Kathleen Silard, President and CEO of Stamford Health. “This donation is a huge step forward and will help improve the expert, patient-centered care that we deliver, especially to our most fragile patients, those in the NICU. Steven and Alexandra are long-standing supporters of Stamford Health and the positive impact of this donation will be felt by our community for years to come.”

“We are happy to be able to support Stamford Health’s Campaign for Women and Babies,” stated Alexandra Cohen, President of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “We are excited to continue our partnership with Stamford Health and are proud to help the hospital continue to improve its services to our community, including delivering the highest level of care for families and their newborns.”

The generosity of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has been a pillar of Stamford Health’s growth and excellence over the years, specifically in the area of pediatric care. Their philanthropy has supported a number of Stamford Health initiatives and programs including the construction of a specialized in-patient pediatric unit, the establishment of the region’s first dedicated pediatric Emergency Department, renovations to the Children’s Specialty Center and the Tully for Teens program. With this gift, all Stamford Health’s pediatric, hospital-based services will live under the Cohen Children’s Institute.

“We are extremely grateful for this significant commitment from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to our Campaign for Women and Babies,” said Andrew Merrill, Chairman of the Stamford Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and Patrick T. Hackett, Chair of the Stamford Health System Board of Directors, in a joint statement.  “As a non-profit, independent healthcare system we depend on the generosity of loyal donors like Steven and Alexandra to enable us to continue to deliver world class healthcare in Fairfield County.”

Stamford Health’s NICU is a designated Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that has received the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for the past three years. Staffed by experienced neonatologists, nurses, and pediatric specialists, Stamford Health’s NICU provides 24/7 neonatology care and offers post-discharge visits for NICU graduates to ensure the most successful outcomes of both mother and baby. Stamford Health works closely with caregivers of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Pediatric Surgery, and Women’s Specialty Center to provide the region’s most comprehensive care to moms, dads, and their babies. For more information, please visit


About Stamford Health:
Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,700 employees committed to caring for the community through a wide range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families can rely on comprehensive person-centered care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 40 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.

Stamford Health is known for person-centered care through its many recognitions and partnerships. Stamford Hospital is the only hospital in Fairfield County, CT to receive a grade of A from The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization for protecting patient safety. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Stamford Hospital as a High Performing Hospital. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has granted Stamford Hospital Magnet Status, which recognizes superior patient care with the highest level of safety, quality and patient satisfaction. Stamford Hospital is a Planetree Gold-Certified Person-Centered Hospital of Distinction, and one of only seven in the world to attain that distinction.

Stamford Health is also a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Stamford Health and Hospital for Special Surgery have created a premier center for specialty orthopedic care right in Stamford, CT. Additionally, Stamford Health’s Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center recently announced an expanded collaboration with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.

Dedicated to being the community’s most trusted healthcare partner, Stamford Health puts patients first to build long-lasting relationships. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn.

About the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation:

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to inspiring philanthropy and community service by creating awareness, offering guidance and leading by example to show the world what giving can do. Since launching the Foundation in 2001, Steven and Alexandra Cohen have generously funded local and national nonprofit organizations that uplift the communities in which they serve. The Cohens’ giving reflects their personal connection with the causes that inspire them. To learn more, please visit or follow the Foundation @CohenGive on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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