The Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center: Elevating the Experience of Birth for New Generations of Staten Island Residents

Staten Island University Hospital is proud of its long history of providing family-centered support and care to thousands of mothers and infants throughout Richmond County before, during, and after labor and delivery. Its staff includes obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, neonatologists, and nurses, all dedicated to keeping babies and mothers healthy.  The hospital’s rate of Cesarean section births is among the lowest in the nation and the families it serves benefit from the latest evidence-based insights in maternal and pediatric medicine across the Northwell Health network.

While they are proud of their history, their leaders recognize that there is a need to update and improve upon its maternal and newborn facilities so that their clinical teams can do more of what they do best—deliver babies safely, respond to community needs, and make sure mother and baby have every chance to thrive.  To this end, they are establishing the Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center at Staten Island University Hospital.

Staten Island University Hospital’s current labor and delivery, maternity, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and newborn nursery units were built in 1979, and are located on two separate floors of the Hospital’s North Campus, a considerable distance away from each other.  This arrangement has disadvantages as compared to more modern designs.

A philanthropic leadership gift to the hospital would be instrumental in support of:

  • The integration of Maternity, Labor and Delivery, and the NICU on a single floor to keep the care experience seamless for mothers, babies, and families;
  • An expanded NICU that encompasses a state-of-the-art, fully modernized space so more at-risk newborns can receive lifesaving care and families can bond with fragile infants in greater comfort and with more privacy;
  • Private Labor and Delivery rooms with private bathrooms, which will replace double rooms, vastly improving patient and family comfort; and
  • Enhancements to establish a welcoming environment, filled with natural light, personal touches, and a separate street entrance, all of which will contribute to a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Generations of families have come to Staten Island University Hospital to have their babies. With philanthropic support to help realize the vision of the Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center, they can continue to provide the very best possible care to future generations.