News and insight from Franciscan about our philosophy of hope through healthcare and recent issues affecting children’s wellness.
Summer is vacation season! If your family is planning any international travel this year, there are plenty of tips, information, and resources available to help keep your family safe, healthy and happy.
Kat is a Residential Counselor and Supervisor Team Lead in our Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) program, providing direct support to children experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties. Care for one kid isn’t the same for another, says Kat, who works with her team to adapt and learn new techniques for all types of children and challenges.
Judy Arnao, RN, talks about seasonal allergies – what they are, what symptoms you should look for, and how you can help reduce your child’s exposure to them.
In 2004, the unthinkable happened; 3-year-old Jacob Qua fell from a third story window and suffered a traumatic brain injury. In an instant, life for the Qua family was turned upside down.
Dr. Paul Geltman, Franciscan Children’s Pediatrics, talks cervical cancer, HPV, and steps that parents can take to protect their children from these potentially fatal forms of cancer.
The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed three new guidelines to help parents navigate the introduction of peanut protein to their children. Joie Curran, Nurse Practitioner in our Pediatrics Clinic, reviews these guidelines on our blog and shares other helpful tips for parents who may be anxious about peanut allergies.
ABC’s new TV Series, Speechless, follows the adventures of DiMeo family and is one of the first of its kind to offer unique insight into the life of a family with a child who has a disability. It is our privilege to work with incredible children and families who share challenges similar to those of JJ and the DiMeos – so we tuned in to check out the pilot episode. Now, we’re sharing some initial reactions from our Speech-Language Pathologists, Kennedy Day School teachers, and even a few of our Kennedy Day School students!
Have you heard of America’s Greatest Makers? Alongside her partners, Dr. Anubha Sacheti, one of the pediatric dentists in our Surgical Services program, competed in and ultimately won the reality show’s pilot season where designers and developers pitch their devices, then defend them against competitors. A practical application of powerful technology, Sacheti and her team pitched the “Grush” – a digital toothbrush that transforms teeth brushing into a fun and interactive activity.
To best protect the children we serve, Franciscan Children’s is taking steps to promote tree nut and peanut safety by changing our policies, an initiative that aims to educate patients, staff, and guests alike on the dangers that lie in tree nut and peanut consumption on hospital grounds.
Born 3 months premature and weighing only two pounds, Massimo Reveliotty had a long journey ahead of him when he arrived at Franciscan Children’s in 2006. 10 years later, Massimo is a fun-loving and playful boy who is thriving in school and in sports. In celebration of this incredible milestone, Massimo, along with his family and friends, will be running in our 8th Annual Road Race.
Nimisha Muttiah is leaving Franciscan Children’s to continue her work in Speech-Language Pathology in her home country of Sri Lanka, serving children where resources, therapeutic experts and technology are incredibly limited. We will miss her dearly, but are proud that she will continue to share our unwavering passion for helping each child reach their fullest potential with those families in need. Nimisha wrote the following blog post as a reflection of her time spent as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Kennedy Day School (KDS) at Franciscan Children’s.
At Franciscan Children’s, our dietitians work in variety of departments including Pediatric Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Inpatient Mental Health, and outpatient Pediatrics. In honor of the recent National Nutrition Month celebrations, we’ll break down the busy lives of the Franciscan Dietitians!
Did you know that February is American Heart Month? The entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease which is, unfortunately, the number one cause of death for Americans. With many diet and exercise habits starting in childhood, there are easy ways for families to reduce the risk of heart disease starting at home!
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.
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?”
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.
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.