Auxiliary pledges $1 million for Musculoskeletal Center and OB/NNICU

At the Board of Managers meeting on January 8, Board members voted to approve the Auxiliary’s pledge of $1million to Yale New Haven Hospital over five years, to be divided equally between the Musculoskeletal Center and the Obstetrical and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NNICU) project.

The Musculoskeletal Center, which includes toplevel physicians, researchers and technology, serves to centralize all of YNHH’s musculoskeletal services on the YNHH Saint Raphael Campus. A cornerstone of the new center opened in early 2014 in the totally renovated Verdi 4 North unit, named the Dr. Robert J. and Lorraine Cronin Patient Care Unit. This unit complements the current orthopedic unit on Verdi 3 South and the Grimes Center. Additional units are under construction. Two new musculoskeletal operating rooms have been constructed and are now open and a 22-bed intensive rehabilitation unit will be housed at Milford Hospital.

The medical staff on the 54-bed NNICU unit provides inpatient intensive care and consultative support for critically ill and premature newborns, as well as infants with congenital abnormalities or long-term health problems. When it opened in 1960, YNHH's Newborn Special Care Unit was the world's first unit to offer this level of intensive care for newborns. The new Obstetrical and Neonatal Intensive Care Units will feature family-centered principles, enhanced program flexibility and advanced technologies. The four floor project will include single family rooms for both Obstetrical and NNICU families, increase operating room space, relocate maternal special care adjacent to labor and birth and increase the number of birthing tubs.