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News and insight from Franciscan about our philosophy of hope through healthcare and recent issues affecting children’s wellness.


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.

Medical Services


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.

Support Services

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

Medical Services

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

Giving News

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


Welcome to Our New Site!

Website Blog

You made it! Welcome to our new Franciscan Hospital for Children website. As an organization, we understand that technology continues to drive much of our everyday lives. It’s something that we utilize each day to provide our patients, students, staff and families with exceptional services and care – whether medical, behavioral or educational. Previously, our… Continue Reading