“Connecticut Children’s cares for more than half of all NICU babies in the state,” said Jim Shmerling, Connecticut Children’s President and CEO. “The incredibly generous gift from the Mandell-Braunstein family will help us expand the high tech and high-touch care we provide to our tiniest, most fragile patients and their families. We are deeply grateful for their support.”
Sixty percent of all births in Connecticut occur in one of Connecticut Children’s network hospitals. In addition, Connecticut Children’s staffs 14 NICUs across Connecticut and New York, with the most critically ill babies receiving care at its Level 4 NICU in Hartford. The new Mandell-Braunstein Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will feature 25 private NICU patient/family rooms, family waiting rooms, procedure rooms, and team member areas. There will be another NICU floor with similar features, bringing the total of private NICU rooms to 50.
“Connecticut Children’s is an amazing asset to children and families across the state,” said Scott Braunstein, family spokesperson and member of Connecticut Children’s Corporate Board of Directors. “We are very pleased to extend our support to the new tower’s NICU facilities and expert staff so they can ensure bright futures for every baby.”
The Mandell-Braunstein family has deep philanthropic ties to Connecticut Children’s. In 2018, they established the Mandell-Braunstein Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease to support the hospital’s Gastroenterology Division in its groundbreaking research to find a cure for IBD. The inaugural chairholder, Jeffrey Hyams, MD, is recognized as an international leader in IBD research and was recently awarded a $14 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support groundbreaking Crohn’s Disease research.
Building a Brighter Future for Children
Every child deserves to have the best childhood they can. And with this new tower and the extraordinary care that will be provided in it, Connecticut Children’s will make sure every child has the best chance to do just that.