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Connecticut Children’s Announces 7-Figure Gift from Fairfield County

Connecticut Children’s, the state’s only healthcare system dedicated exclusively to the care of children, has received a $1 million commitment from The David and Geri Epstein Private Foundation to support the hospital’s recently opened Westport Specialty Clinic, as well as research with both statewide and nationwide impact. In recognition of this groundbreaking gift, the infusion center at the new Westport Specialty Clinic will be named the Geri Epstein Infusion Center.

“We opened our new Westport Specialty Clinic last December and already donors are stepping up with seven-figure support. We are deeply grateful and in awe of such generosity,” said Jim Shmerling, Connecticut Children’s President and CEO. “This incredible commitment from The David and Geri Epstein Private Foundation will benefit children in Fairfield County and across the state.”

The Geri Epstein Infusion Center at Connecticut Children's Westport Specialty Care Clinic opened in December 2023.

Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties in over 40 locations in three states. The recently opened Westport Specialty Clinic brings Connecticut Children’s world-class care even closer to patients in Fairfield County.

“We are excited to deepen our partnership with Connecticut Children’s to achieve our shared mission of improving the health and wellness of our community,” said Karen C. Hess, spokesperson for The David and Geri Epstein Private Foundation and member of Connecticut Children’s Foundation Board of Directors. “Our Foundation is honored to support this important work.”

In addition to the Geri Epstein Infusion Center, the $1 million gift is helping to establish a first-of-its-kind 12-bed Inpatient Medical-Psychiatric unit in Hartford, extend pediatric mental health services to Fairfield County, and bolster important research initiatives in suicide prevention and inflammatory bowel disease.

Philanthropy is key to building the tower and a brighter future.

To learn more about this project, to explore naming opportunities within our health system or to make a gift, please contact us.

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