Renovated Facility Provides Children with Comprehensive Care in a Family-Friendly Environment
BOSTON, MA – The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center today opened The Neely Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, a state-of-the art facility designed as a “home away from home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The unique, renovated space features a tree house concept – from its waiting areas and playrooms to throughout the clinic – utilizing colors and an overall design that transforms the clinic into a place of comfort and serenity that is appealing both to young patients and to families dealing with the stresses of childhood cancer. The space also includes a hockey-themed playroom developed by the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Companions in Courage Foundation (CiC).
In receiving feedback from families and staff on their experiences in the new Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, it was clear what a positive impact a bright, family-friendly care environment can make in the lives of families dealing with serious illnesses. “Since pediatric cancer patients spend many hours in the outpatient clinic receiving chemotherapy and other treatments, it is so important to offer a “home away from home” experience to the outpatient setting,” said Foundation president Cam Neely. “That’s what we’ve done here.”
“Many of today’s highly-effective cancer treatments can be offered in an outpatient setting, which is great for kids and families. The environment in which children are treated is crucial toward making both them feel comfortable and helping them cope,” said Dr. John Schreiber, Chief Administrative Officer of Floating Hospital for Children. “This beautiful new unit at the Floating Hospital for Children allows our families and their children undergoing treatment to be in a warm, nurturing environment that is state of the art. We are very grateful to the Neely Foundation and all the donors for their incredible support.”
Clinic staffers and architects worked with hospital space planners to improve the flow of the 5,000 square-foot clinic to make life easier for patients and their families. “The nurses’ office is now located much closer to the infusion rooms instead of on the opposite side of the clinic,” said Scott Neely, the Foundation’s executive director. “Another big plus is that the new playroom is adjacent to the infusion rooms so that kids receiving infusions can have fun while still being close to the monitors and medical staff.”
The “Lion’s Den” playroom was donated by the Companions in Courage Foundation, in partnership with the NHL. The bright, cheerful space boasts fun amenities for all ages, including video games and computers with live hookups to playrooms at other pediatric oncology clinics across the country. This way, young patients can connect with other kids going through similar experiences. The playroom was designed with proceeds raised from the Legends Classic charity game held during the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic in Boston and serves as a legacy of the historic outdoor NHL game. The NHL’s partnership with CiC is part of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice™, the NHL’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
“Children with cancer and many blood disorders spend numerous hours in the outpatient setting receiving treatment. Our child life staff and medical personnel work hard to help the patients and their families cope with their daily stays. The clinic environment goes a long way to making patients and their families feel comfortable and at ease,” said Dr. Cathy Rosenfield, interim Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Floating Hospital. “This beautiful state of the art unit has a calming quality, which parents will appreciate, and provides the needed distraction to help children spend the day receiving treatment.”
“Our goal in renovating this clinic was to create a warm, welcoming space where kids can feel comfortable as they go through treatment,” Scott Neely added. “This experience isn’t easy on anyone, but if we can do our part to make young patients and their families feel safe, secure and supported while they’re at the hospital, we’ve succeeded.”
This year marks the 15th anniversary of The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. Since its inception in 1995, The Foundation has partnered with Tufts Medical Center on a number of previous initiatives, including The Neely House, which opened in 1997. Other projects include The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, The Michael Neely Center for Brain Tumor Care and Research, The Neely Center for Clinical Cancer Research and The Neely Cell Therapy and Collection Center.
For more information on The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care or any of its projects, please visit www.camneelyfoundation.org.
About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.