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Yale New Haven Children's Hospital announces $1 million gift for newborn special care

3/272012 — Yale New Haven Children's Hospital has received $1 million to enhance its Newborn Special Care Unit (NBSCU). The anonymous gift was given by the family of a former patient in honor of their daughter who was successfully treated in the YNHCH New Born Special Care Unit, and in honor of the nurses who cared for her.

The NBSCU provides inpatient intensive care, consultative support and neonatal transport services for critically ill newborn infants in Connecticut and beyond. Yale New Haven opened this special unit — the world's first — in 1960. Today, the 56-bed unit is the largest unit in Yale New Haven Children's Hospital and admits nearly 1,000 premature and critically ill newborns each year. It is a level III-C unit — offering the highest level of newborn intensive care.

This philanthropic investment will enable YNHCH to enhance facility needs, add state-of-the-art equipment and technology, improve services, and continue to provide the most advanced and family centered medical care available.

Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), part of Yale New Haven Health, is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826, today, YNHH has two New Haven-based campuses, and also includes Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. www.ynhh.org