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$15M Gift From Wilton Couple Will Build New Norwalk Hospital Patient Pavilion

Norwalk Hospital Foundation announced the receipt of a $15 million gift from long-time supporters and benefactors George and Carol Bauer. Photo Credit: Norwalk Hospital Foundation
Norwalk Hospital will get a new patient pavilion thanks to a $15 million gift. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A sizeable donation from a Wilton couple will go towards a major expansion at Norwalk Hospital.

Norwalk Hospital Foundation announced the receipt of a $15 million gift from long-time supporters and benefactors George and Carol Bauer.

The donation will support the construction of a new state-of-the-art Patient Pavilion.

The Patient Pavilion is the largest expansion in Norwalk Hospital’s 126-year history and will bring cutting-edge critical care, surgical, women, and pediatric facilities and services to Fairfield County, the Foundation said.

“We could not be more appreciative of Mr. and Mrs. Bauer’s remarkably generous gift to Norwalk Hospital. Their leadership and commitment to Norwalk Hospital over the past 30 years has allowed us to provide innovative medical care close to home for Fairfield County residents,” said John M. Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). 

“Speaking on behalf of our entire family and our foundation, it is our honor to support Norwalk Hospital as it prepares to care for the next generation of community members,” said Carol Bauer.

"Many of the special services housed within the Patient Pavilion are near and dear to our hearts. We welcome the opportunity to help Norwalk Hospital provide patients with high-quality medical care well into the future, and we invite others to join us in this most critical effort.”

The Patient Pavilion at Norwalk Hospital will be a seven-floor, 200,000 square-foot tower. 

It will include patient-centered amenities and advanced clinical facilities and programs, including intensive care and step down units, a medical-surgical unit for inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, and an inpatient pediatric unit.

In addition, there will be a new Center for Women and Children with a first-class labor and delivery space, nursery, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and enhanced pediatric specialties.

The project is expected to break ground next year and open in 2022, said the Foundation.

The Bauers are major contributors to the hospital where their gifts have helped to establish The Bauer Emergency Care Center, Jeffrey Peter Bauer Newborn Intensive Care Unit, and the Carol Bauer Nursing Scholarship. The Jeffrey Peter Bauer Newborn Intensive Care Unit was named in memory of their son who passed away shortly after his birth.

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