You all know I'm from the New England area. I grew up in Rhode Island, and I now live in Connecticut with my little family. When you think of New England, what's the first city that comes to mind? For me, it's Boston. Well-known sports teams. Its distinct history. Countless tourist attractions. Incredible medical care. Boston is truly the heart of New England. I feel very fortunate to live so geographically close to some of the best doctors and hospitals in the world -- especially in regards to my children.
We all know that hospitals and doctors appointments can be scary for children. The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center is a program committed to establishing a child-friendly environment to help kids feel safe and strong, when they might otherwise be scared. They do this by offering courage in the forms of entertainment when a child is admitted to the hospital, or at a clinic visit.
The Toughlings are a group of animals, whose mission is to remind patients that they ARE big and strong. Each Toughling celebrates the kind of courage and strength that helps the children take on whatever challenge might come their way.
Child Life Services, originally initiated in 1948, help children deal with the stress of hospitalization through play. Play is a vital component of children's lives, and Floating Hospital recognizes that. Because of the importance of play, it is incorporated into the child's daily routine.
Powerful, isn't it? It truly captures such a beautiful message.
Floating Hospital is dedicated to patients being seen quickly, no matter the time of day. By achieving this, they offer these following advantages:
- Pediatric Emergency Department - Floating Hospital's dedicated pediatric emergency department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides a child-centered environment, featuring a play area waiting room. Its five dedicated rooms are specifically suited for children.
- InQuicker - For non-life-threatening emergencies, InQuicker allows parents to check-in for an estimated treatment time, allowing families to wait in the comfort of their home rather than an ER.