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that no matter what your situation, you
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Meet a Toughling!

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PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT,
ACE'S PLACE BRANCH

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ACE'S PLACE

Learn about our current project at the Floating Hospital

WELCOME TOUGHLINGS


WHAT'S NEW

We are currently redecorating the exam/treatment rooms in the Floating Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Emergency Department with the adventures of the Toughlings. Visit the Toughlings website.

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The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation is working with the Floating Hospital for Children to make the hospital environment more welcoming to kids with the addition of The Toughlings

The environment of the Floating Hospital for Children is pretty bland and, well, not particularly welcoming to kids. The hospital very much wants to fix that and that’s what The Toughlings project is all about.

It’s about welcoming kids into spaces that are designed just for them — to connect with them, to delight them and put them at ease.

The Toughlings remind kids that, “You don’t have to be big to be strong.” The Toughlings are wonderfully colorful cartoon characters created just for the Floating Hospital, each of whom has a personal strength that will help pull them through difficulties. The characters and their adventures are being spread throughout the hospital in wall panels, books, stickers, etc. and on a website. Kids can select a favorite from among these small animal characters––one that they identify with––and then they will find their “pal” in each of the various clinics. The medical staff’s identification badges are clipped in place with an image of one of the characters and staff is able to discuss the Toughlings with their young patients. It’s a in-depth program and will help the kids to feel comfortable and entertained while being treated. We have added The Toughlings to the main hospital foyer and the mezzanine level. We are currently adding them to the Pediatric Emergency Department and will eventually want to add them to Ace’s Place. 

The hospital has a Toughlings website designed for kids where they can learn about the Toughlings—and parents can too.

Feeling joy in the midst of adversity—this is our goal.

Bringing smiles to children in memory of Ace.

 

Street view of the redecorated main entrance, Floating Hospital for Children

Read about our foundation's mission

ABOUT OUR WORK AT THE FOUNDATION


Ace Bailey Children's Foundation

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The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation is a 501-C-3 non-profit charity. 

The work of the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation focuses on the well-being of hospitalized children at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, through the building and renovation of hospital environments that improve the family-centered and softer side of hospital care. We strive to reduce the stress of pediatric hospitalization by creating environments that are less clinical in appearance and more comforting and soothing for children and their families. 

The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation was established in memory of Garnet “Ace” Bailey who was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ace’s friends and family have created the Foundation to honor his memory and to perpetuate his deep caring for the happiness of children.

Evan Garnet Bailey cuts the ribbon for the new PED Ace's Place

Evan Garnet Bailey cuts the ribbon for the new PED Ace’s Place

“When children come to an emergency department it’s a frightening experience for them and for their families. Our vision for emergency medicine is to create a space that gives children comfort and this is really what the project with the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation is all about.”
Dr. Ronald Ruffing, Former Chief of the Pediatric Emergency Department, Floating Hospital for Children

See and read about Ace’s Place and our other projects at the Floating Hospital

Ace’s Place is an oasis in the hospital where kids can go to have a little fun and find a little respite from the doctors and nurses that are always after them, sticking needles into them, drawing their blood, and that sort of thing. A lot of getting a child better is getting his psyche better too. So play is a part of medical care that no one pays for without a philanthropic organization like the Ace Bailey Foundation stepping up to help.”  Dr. Ivan Frantz, Neonatologist, Floating Hospital for Children

Ace’s Place is an oasis in the hospital where kids can go to have a little fun.

Read about the foundation's completed projects

Completed Projects


Completed Projects

INTEGRATION OF THE TOUGHLINGS 

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

NEONATAL FAMILY CARE PROJECT

ACE’S PLACE

PEDI-PORTER EMERGENCY TRANSPORT STRETCHER

NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT EQUIPMENT

INTEGRATION OF THE TOUGHLINGS TO HOSPITAL FOYERS
During 2016 the foundation began the integration of The Toughlings into the two street entrances of the Floating Hospital for Children.  The main entrance at Washington Street is now filled with a two-story image of the five Toughlings. The entrance from Tremont Street which leads into a mezzanine area was also redecorated along with the elevator banks on both floors.       

 

 


PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
caption to comeIn 2014 the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation opened a smaller branch of “Ace’s Place,” a parent waiting area and a new entrance foyer in the Pediatric Emergency Department of the Floating Hospital for Children. The new “Ace’s Place” facility provides space for children to play during visits to the emergency department. Siblings are welcome and play is overseen during daytime and early evening hours by one of the Floating’s professional Child Life Specialists. Play reduces the stress for children when an unusual or traumatic event is occurring an frees parents to speak with medical staff and make decisions concerning their child’s care.


NEONATAL FAMILY CARE PROJECT
barbaraandkathy1The renovation of the Tufts-Floating Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was completed in 2012. An infant’s time in the NICU can be highly stressful for new parents. Through our “Family Care Project” we have renovated and updated the NICU to provide a comfortable and soothing space for families to bond with their hospitalized babies. The foundation also renovated two family areas: a “Family Room” with a kitchenette, comfortable seating and a TV and DVD and a “Quiet Room” with a calm and peaceful atmosphere for meetings with medical staff, for teaching sessions for parents and for a quiet place to relax and recharge. We also updated and brightened the 41 bed patient areas to make them feel and appear less clinical. This included purchasing new recliners and gliders for parents to cuddle, rock and feed their babies; new task chairs for nursing staff; warm colored wood flooring, fresh window treatments, and brightly colored cubicle curtains and wall paint that made for a much cheerier atmosphere. Providing this more functional, comfortable and brighter environment helps to reduce stress for parents, which in turn helps them to help their babies grow and become healthy faster. We’re sure that this would make Ace smile because he loved babies.


ACE’S PLACE
acesplacedirector-sqThe Foundation’s first major project at the Floating Hospital for Children was the creation of Ace’s Place, a play center designed to help to reduce the stress of hospitalization for children from toddlers to teens. Ace’s Place offers a warm, fun and comforting environment to play, to make friends with other hospitalized kids and to visit with family members away from the clinical environment of their rooms. The center provides special spaces for all ages as well as an area for group activities. Offering this safe and fun environment is a particularly apt way of honoring Ace’s love of children and extending his warm joyful spirit to them in their struggle to heal.


PEDI-PORTER EMERGENCY TRANSPORT STRETCHER
nicu1In 2004 the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation split the cost (with the Kiwanas Pediatric Trauma Center) of a crucial piece of emergency equipment called a “Pedi-Porter Stretcher,” This specialized stretcher was needed for the Tufts-Floating Hospital’s new Mobile Intensive Care Unit, a rapid response team that transports critically ill children and infants from community hospitals to the specialized care at the Floating. The stretcher is equipped with its own pediatric ventilator for pre-mature and sick infants. This piece of equipment will be directly responsible for saving the lives of children and babies when they are being transported to the Floating Hospital.


NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT EQUIPMENT
nicu2The Foundation bought the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit a much needed, and highly specialized, breast milk freezer. The Foundation also purchased Med-Infusion Pumps for the NICU that deliver minute amounts of carefully measured medications to sick and at-risk infants.