News and insight from Franciscan about our philosophy of hope through healthcare and recent issues affecting children’s wellness.
Around the globe, people are welcoming 2016 with parties, parades and fireworks – each tradition a chance to give thanks for a year of milestones and look forward to the exciting opportunities that lay ahead. Here at Franciscan, we take great pride in honoring the children we serve and their accomplishments every day. From celebrating a patient… Continue Reading
On Wednesday evenings from mid-September through mid-November, Simoni Rink in Cambridge is home to the Franciscan Adaptive Ice Skating Program. Uniquely designed to serve children with special needs, the Adaptive Ice Skating program runs for one hour per week for 10 weeks. With diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, and genetic conditions, 21 children with disabilities participated in the program this year, along with 11 of their siblings.
With the respiratory system developing in the final weeks of pregnancy, underdeveloped lungs can be a big concern for premature babies. Our Respiratory Therapists are key players on our care team, working each day with our littlest patients to address breathing challenges.
The holiday season seems to sneak up on us earlier every year. While that can seem a bit daunting at times, at Franciscan we are happy to start celebrating the “Season of Giving” as early as possible. There are always moments throughout the holiday season – big or small – that remind us of what… Continue Reading
With the help of his care team at Franciscan, Nick Prefontaine overcame incredible odds to recover from a tragic snowboarding accident twelve years ago. Today, he’s getting ready to run his first marathon in our honor.
In honor of National Rehabilitation Week, we asked a handful of our rehab staff to answer the question, “What is the most rewarding part of working as a rehabilitation professional at Franciscan Hospital for Children?”
All children (and adults) experience some level of anxiety when faced with new situations, and the start of a new school year can be a trigger for that stress. In this blog post, we’re talking tips for making the transition from summer to school easier.
In preparation for back-to-school season, we asked our Pediatric Medical Assistants to poll our Pediatric Clinical staff to get their top tips for a happy and healthy school year! Here’s what they had to say.
Our guest blogger is mom to Michael and Eric, twin boys who attend the Kennedy Day School onsite at Franciscan, and Katie who attends a local public school. Back-to-School is a bit different for the Murray family, and Amy tells us why!
There’s a reason why breakfast is often called “the most important meal of the day.” Emily, one of our Registered Dietitians, talks the benefits of breakfast, the best kinds of breakfasts, and easy, breezy, breakfast ideas for your family!
Back-to-School season can mean a shift from an outdoor, active lifestyle to one focused around the classroom, and learning. But did you know that physical fitness is linked to success in the classroom?
Communication without Borders: Speech Language Pathologist Conducts Preeminent Research on Autism in Sri Lanka
We like to say that our employees share a remarkable and unwavering passion for helping each child reach his or her fullest potential. Nimisha Muttiah, one of our Speech-Language Pathologists, really embodies that claim.
One of our Pediatricians, Dr. Varuna Tuli, sat down with us to dispel some of the myths around one of the most common concerns new parents have in those very early days of a baby’s life.
Did you know that July was National Make a Difference to Children Month? Our families, friends, staff, and our donors make a difference to the children we serve every single day. In the spirit and celebration of making a difference in the lives of kids, we spoke with two of our donors about how and why they support Franciscan Hospital for Children.
It’s extraordinary people like Gavin, Kristen, and their families who inspire us all to be strong, generous, and constantly striving to stand for something greater than ourselves.
Each year on the last Friday in July the KID Fund Carnival is held onsite at Franciscan Hospital for Children, bringing together staff, children, families and guests for a day of laughter and fun.
A closer look at the Annual Kennedy Day School Art Show, the incredible talent of our students and staff, and the beauty and creativity that results from working hard and stepping out of your comfort zone!
The surgical suite is one of several spaces at Franciscan Hospital for Children receiving significant facility upgrades to enhance the experience of our patients, families and staff.
Mindfulness meditation has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of a variety of mental health issues, and has been incorporated into a variety of therapeutic treatment approaches. In mindfulness practice we do our best to “be with” whatever is happening in an aware and self-loving way, often with a focus on present moment body sensations, thoughts, and emotions.
Korey Foley’s story at Franciscan began when he was just three years old. Nineteen years later, Korey has become a well-known, smiling face both inside and outside our halls for friends of the hospital and the Kennedy Day School (KDS). Last week we celebrated a big milestone for Korey, his family and his friends – his graduation from the Kennedy Day School.