Mission of the All Children's Hospital Guild:
To advocate, volunteer, and fundraise for children and families of All Children's Hospital.
All Children's Hospital Guild is a service organization which advocates, volunteers, and fundraises for children and families of All Children's Hospital. It was formed in 1949 in St. Petersburg, Florida and has grown to more than 450 members and nine Branches. The nine Branches cover four counties, with further expansion plans across Florida in the works. Our current Branches are St. Petersburg Day, St Pete Beach, Seminole/Largo, North Pinellas, St. Petersburg Evening, Pasco, Sarasota/Manatee, Tampa, and Brandon. The Branches host more than fifty fundraising events throughout the year in our effort to support this mission. Events include galas, golf tournaments, fashion shows, polo event, bunco parties and much more.
In the last two years, the Guild has completed a $500,000 pledge to the Applied Behavioral Analysis Program. Through the years, the Guild has raised funds for a variety of programs and projects. They have funded $4.1 million for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit in the new hospital, and a Rose & Butterfly Garden for families and staff to enjoy. In addition, at the 2012 ACH Telethon, the Guild presented a check to the Foundation for $400,000.
Most recently, the Guild has accepted a three year, $900,000 pledge to Palliative Care. The Pediatric Palliative Care Program at All Children's Hospital helps provide a coordinated, comprehensive, and compassionate approach to caring for children with life-limiting or potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The Guild's gift will create an endowment to expand and sustain the multidisciplinary Palliative Care Program.
The Pediatric Palliative Care Program has a team consisting of a physician, nurse, social worker, child life specialist, chaplain and pain management nurse. The Palliative Care Team supports the primary health care team by providing emotional and spiritual support to the children and their family members. The goal is to help children and families live as normal a life as possible and support them in making decisions about care, while respecting families' choices, values, and cultural traditions. Half of the infants and children hospitalized at All Children's can benefit from some or all of the Palliative Care Team's services. The Guild's gift will also create a Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship to help provide specialized physician training, enhance medical care, and provide needed medical research and education in pediatric palliative care.
In addition to the pledge commitment, each Branch has a Legacy Fund in which monies support timely and urgent needs of the hospital and the ACH Outpatient Care Centers. This includes research funding, program or clinical support, and advocacy or educations support.
The JHU-USF Collaborative Pediatric Research Guild Chair was recently filled by Dr. Eric Storch. Currently, Dr. Storch has over twelve research studies ongoing in the areas of Autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders. The age range of children involved is from two to seventeen years of age.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact our Guild Coordinator, Alison Debowsky, (727)767-3879.
For All Children,
ACH Guild Council Chair