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Stamford hospital dedicates NICU room in honor of The Tiny Miracles foundation

By Stamford Hospital

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Members of The Tiny Miracles Foundation at Stamford Hospital's Parent Resource Room dedication ceremony include, in the front row, Ashley Dineen ( Darien ), Rebecca Esposito ( Darien ), Leelee Klein ( Darien ), Gwen Noto ( Fairfield ), Cheryl Egan ( Darien ), Eila Johnson (New Canaan) and Ariane Triay ( Darien ). Stamford Hospital's Director of Maternal Child Health Kathleen Livolsi, RN ( Danbury ) is on the far right. The back row includes Stamford Hospital's Chair of Pediatrics Dr. Gerald Rakos (Wilton); Stamford Hospital's Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. John Rodis (Farmington); Stamford Hospital Foundation's Senior Vice President of Fund Development Christopher Riendeau (Larchmont, N.Y.); Stamford Hospital's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kathleen Silard (Greenwich); and Stamford Hospital's Senior Vice President of Patient Care Service Linda (Stamford).
Stamford Hospital recently recognized The Tiny Miracles Foundation (TTMF) with a plaque in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s (NICU) Parent Resource Room. The hospital honored TTMF for its generosity and support to the parents of newborns admitted to the hospital’s NICU.

The Parent Resource Room is a dedicated space for TTMF mentors to meet with parents, and also serves as a haven for families. A not-for-profit organization, TTMF supports Fairfield County families with premature infants. This spring, TTMF decorated, furnished and supplied the room with $10,000 in donated resources such as an Internet-accessible computer, printer, telephone, books, toys, television, and DVD/VCR.

“We are grateful for the support The Tiny Miracles Foundation has provided the hospital’s NICU over the years,” said Dr. Gerald Rakos, chair of the hospital’s Pediatrics Department. “Our physicians and nurses strive to give premature newborns the best possible medical care. Every week, we see about three new families of premature infants. Tiny Miracles has been there every Tuesday for them, filling a void by lending additional psychosocial support.”

TTMF’s Resource Room is a comfortable, private, setting where families can take a break during NICU visits, meet with a TTMF mentor, connect with other NICU families, use the Internet, entertain siblings or browse the resource library. Open 24 hours a day, the room is accessible only to NICU families and staff as well as TTMF mentors.

Stamford Hospital's Parent Resource Room in the Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) unit was recently dedicated to The Tiny Miracles Foundation (TTMF) for its support to the parents of premature newborns. TTMF decorated and refurbished the room and donated resources such as a computer with printer
“This room was designed by The Tiny Miracles Foundation to meet the needs of family-centered care, which follows Stamford Hospital ’s Planetree philosophy,” said Elizabeth Klein, vice president and treasurer of The Tiny Miracles Foundation. “Our organization is made up of moms who have had a premature baby in the NICU, and we have used this personal experience to design and fill this room with resources and tools to help other families cope with this difficult experience.”

Since 2004, families at Stamford Hospital ’s NICU have received emotional, social and financial support; welcome and home care supply bags; educational resources; and the use of the parent resource room, from TTMF and its volunteers. The hospital is considered TTMF’s pilot hospital and the organization has extended the same services to Norwalk and Bridgeport Hospitals . In fact, 80 percent of the group’s Board members, including two founders, have had babies at Stamford Hospital ’s NICU.

Stamford Hospital is a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County . The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a Magnet Hospital and a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care. Stamford Hospital is affiliated with NewYork Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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