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Why Choose Maria Fareri Children's Hospital

Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is the embodied vision of hundreds of parents, medical professionals and community leaders who had a fervent desire to create a family-centered children's hospital where parents are not visitors but partners, and where the unique creative surroundings are an integral part of the healing process.

We are an all-specialty pediatric hospital committed to providing the most advanced care available to more than 30,000 critically ill infants and children each year. Our superior capabilities in a vast array of pediatric specialty areas enable us to perform complex life-saving procedures such as open-heart surgery, organ transplantation, advanced chemotherapy, and emergency trauma surgery. Many of the procedures we perform are not available anywhere else in the Hudson Valley region or Southwestern Connecticut.

What Makes Our Hospital Unique?

Maria Fareri Children's Hospital combines advanced pediatric care with a special, calming physical environment. Developed as a benchmark for children's hospitals around the world, our state-of-the-art facility includes the region's only neonatal and pediatric intensive care units and transplants programs, and is designed to accommodate the special needs of pediatric patients and their families. Other notable features include:

  • The region's only dedicated Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • A Level IV (most sophisticated) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only one of its kind in the region
  • Private in-patient rooms with bathrooms, showers and parent sleeping areas
  • Pre-school, elementary and teen-aged activity rooms
  • The Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley conveniently located just steps away from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Primarily serving families from great distances with children undergoing care in our Pediatric and Regional Neonatal Intensive Care units, the facility features 12 guest rooms, multiple kitchens, playrooms and private meeting areas.
  • A Family Resource Center with a library that serves as a respite area for parents and families as well as a portal to health and other information via Web-accessible computers
  • A unique lobby providing visual diversions for children and families, including a walk-through aquarium, a performing arts stage, a New York baseball museum, and the world's largest doll-house
  • Age-specific "neighborhoods," each with its own theme, décor, and snack center
  • Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy programs that utilize multiple playrooms and an art studio, as well as art and music therapy programs