News and insight from Franciscan about our philosophy of hope through healthcare and recent issues affecting children’s wellness.
Beginning on Tuesday, September 2nd guests may notice some new welcoming faces as they enter Parking Lot A. We are piloting a complimentary valet parking service for guests in order to improve our patients and families’ experience as they arrive and depart Franciscan Hospital for Children.
Information regarding a recent important decision affecting the future of the Kennedy Hope Academy (KHA) residential program at Franciscan Hospital for Children.
With Lemonade Stand construction and official taste-testing complete, it was time to move on to the final phase of our project – an official unveiling of the new stand and pouring of our first glasses of lemonade!
Heather LaCroix, MOTR/L, Occupational Therapist at FHC, talks physical and sensory challenges in feeding disorders and tips for how to make mealtime fun!
Do you find yourself asking, why does my child do that? Why does my child not take a bath? Why won’t they eat a banana? How can I stop them from doing that behavior? You’re not alone, and many parents have turned to Occupational Therapy as a way to help answer these seemingly never-ending questions.
Beginning on June 15th, 2014 changes will be made to our dietary and dining services experience at FHC. Explore these FAQs to help you navigate our new and improved offerings.
The Lemonade Stand construction was complete and with summer just around the corner, we knew it was time to make the lemonade! With so many brands on the market, we decided to put it to a vote and let our customers decide with an official taste test.
Ruth Crowley, M.S., CCC-SLP, the Director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Department at FHC shares information and resources on identifying the signs of communication disorders.
Carrie Barlow, PT PCS, Director of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs at FHC, talks bike helmet safety and tips for happy riding!
Over the past several years, the Project Excel vocational program at the Kennedy Day School, has developed work-based projects, providing meaningful experiences for our students that benefit others. These projects have served the local community and communities abroad, responding to needs in Haiti and Pakistan. Currently, our Project Excel students are working in collaboration with… Continue Reading
Mother’s Day is a milestone for moms everywhere and is typically spent pampering mom with special gifts, dinner out, or just some peace and quiet. But for some, the celebration of Mom’s special day is a different experience. For some, it takes place in a hospital setting. This Mother’s Day, our Child Life staff honored… Continue Reading
Numerous (and often free) iPad applications can be used to help children of various ages and abilities to develop and master skills in a fun way. Take a look at some of our favorite apps, grouped according to the skill area typically addressed by occupational therapists.
In collaboration with Bug’s Bikes, our Kennedy Day School Project Excel students and staff are opening a Lemonade Stand! From building to decorating, designing advertisements to squeezing lemons, our students will assist in all aspects of this project.
Torticollis. A word that might make you think of tortoises or turtles, Torticollis is actually Latin for “twisted neck.” As a parent, you might recognize Torticollis in a few different ways. Your baby or toddler may hold their head tilted to the side, or turn their head in just one direction. Torticollis can also be associated with Plagiocephaly, or a flat head.
At Franciscan Hospital for Children, our Child Life Specialists work closely with children in our inpatient rehabilitation program and can frequently be seen spreading their contagious, fun spirit throughout the Hospital. In celebration of Child Life Month and the wonderful work that they do, we asked them some questions about Child Life and are sharing… Continue Reading
On Wednesday afternoon we welcomed a very special visitor to the hospital, internet swine sensation Chris P. Bacon. Chris was born in January, 2013 with a congenital defect that left him unable to use his hind legs. His veterinarian friend, Dr. Len Lucero, adopted Chris and built him a wheelchair to give him the independence… Continue Reading
Good habits are developed from an early age. Here are seven tooth brushing tips for children from our Pediatric Dentistry staff to help parents make good dental hygiene fun and easy! 1. Start Early The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends starting brushing at 6 months or when the first tooth sprouts. Brushing should be… Continue Reading
As some may have noticed, over the weekend new exterior signage was installed in front of the hospital along Warren Street. These signs are more visible and informative for our visitors, patients, students and families. For our staff and those guests who are familiar with our campus, please note an important change that came along… Continue Reading
Leah O’Brien is the Program Director for both the Hyman Novack Medical Day Care and Franciscan Family Child Care Center programs at FHC. Here she shares with you her rules and tips for keeping kids busy and happy indoors. As the Director of two day care programs I’ve spent my fair share of winters stuck… Continue Reading
Each year millions of children wake up on Christmas morning and run downstairs to discover what goodies Santa has left for them under the Christmas tree. Conversely, thousands of children and their families find themselves celebrating their holidays slightly differently – in hospitals across the country. At the beginning of the holiday season we publish… Continue Reading