Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) offers children the most advanced medical care available – often long before it is available in other hospitals. Our advanced approaches to pediatric medical and surgical therapies and our innovative research help ensure a continuum of excellence that patients need and deserve. Several YNHCH specialty programs have recently been spotlighted for their excellence by U.S. News & World Report's “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”
YNHCH's Bridgeport Hospital campus features a 20-bed newborn intensive care unit and an 18-bed pediatric unit that specializes in the care of infants through adolescents. The Elizabeth M. Pfriem Children's Emergency Center, Fairfield County's only dedicated Children's Emergency Center, provides specialized emergency care for ill or injured children. The Children's Emergency Center includes a helipad for the rapid transport of traumatically injured patients.
We place as much emphasis on a child's emotional needs as we do on his or her medical needs. We are committed to the philosophy of patient- and family-centered care and believe that the best health care is based on partnerships among patients, families and providers. A family lounge and kitchen area called Bunny's Café is available for parents of hospitalized children to relax, sip a beverage, read a magazine or even send email. Bunny's Café includes an attractively decorated kitchen with full-size refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, café tables and a computer workstation with Internet access.
At YNHCH, our goal is to make the hospital experience as pleasant as possible for you and your child. At our Bridgeport Hospital campus, bright colors, circus themes and a circular playroom full of toys turn what could be a scary place into a cheery one. And we've also taken into consideration parents' needs, including pull-out sofa beds so they can sleep over with their child, and private bathrooms with showers. Our child life specialists help children cope with the adjustments of being in a hospital by providing a variety of play and educational experiences. These experiences help both children and families gain a greater understanding of medical procedures, which helps reduce stress and fear of the unknown. Through play, the child life specialist helps facilitate the emotional and social growth of a child during the crisis of illness and hospitalization.
In addition to hospital care, children have access to Yale-New Haven’s outpatient pediatric specialty services.
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