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Valet Parking Comes to FHC

Parking Lot A Signage

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.

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Is it Sensory or Behavior? OT Detectives to the Rescue!

Sensory or Behavior

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.


Kennedy Day School Lemonade Stand: Taste Testing

Kennedy Day School Lemonade Tasting

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.

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Bike Helmet Safety

Bike Helmet Safety

Carrie Barlow, PT PCS, Director of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs at FHC, talks bike helmet safety and tips for happy riding!


Kennedy Day School Lemonade Stand: The Building Process

Choosing Tape Color

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

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Celebrating Mother’s Day at FHC

Happy Mother's Day

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

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Occupational Therapy: Favorite iPad Apps

Occupational Therapy iPad Applications

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.


Kennedy Day School Lemonade Stand:
Project Launch

Adaptive Bike

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.

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Torticollis Blog Tummy Time

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.

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Meet Our Child Life Team

Child Life Syringe Painting

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


Chris P. Bacon Visits FHC

Chris P. Bacon Visits FHC

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

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7 Tooth Brushing Tips for Children

Pediatric Dentistry

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


New Exterior Signage

New Signage

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


Indoor Activity Ideas for Kids

Child playing indoors

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

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Making Our Holidays Merry & Bright

2.Santa Gift

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