Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital opened an expanded neonatal intensive care unit in 2018. When families arrive at the new NICU, photos and stories of children on the Wall of Hope are meant to give them inspiration through what can be a very difficult time. The carpet provides a nice accent in this area, reflecting the symmetry of the fish swimming about at the end of the hall. The top two floors of the children’s hospital have been transformed into a state of the art NICU with 68 patient rooms. The resilient flooring in beautiful woods was specifically chosen to provide a more home-like environment. “A fundamental aspect of this new unit is it makes it far easier for parents to be with their child during the day or overnight”, said Dr. Mark Mercurio, the hospital’s Director of Newborn Services. Eight of the rooms are designed for couplet care, allowing the mom to stay in the same room as her newborn child. “We are going to be one of the first hospitals in the country to deliver this kind of care and we think it is really important for that early bonding experience,” Chairman of Pediatrics, Dr. Clifford Bogue, said.