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

Mental Health News

Franciscan Children’s expands commitment to pediatric mental health through new initiatives with the Archdiocese of Boston and McLean Hospital

Franciscan Children's President and CEO John Nash, Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Designed to provide extensive community outreach and a comprehensive continuum of mental health services at Franciscan Children’s, new initiatives with the Archdiocese of Boston and McLean Hospital will serve to improve the lives of even more children and families affected by pediatric mental illness.

Giving News

Giving Tuesday 2016

Today, we ask our community to support our mission by donating to Franciscan Children’s. And we celebrate the generous hearts of our employees whose donations of love are unmatched.

Giving News

Ways to Give 2016

Feeling extra thankful during this Season of Giving? Here are four easy ways you can give back to the incredible kids and families at Franciscan Children’s.

Medical Services News

Franciscan Children’s Pediatric Dentist Wins America’s Greatest Makers Reality TV Challenge

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.


What’s in a Name?

Franciscan Children's Logo

What’s in a name? A lot actually. With the healthcare landscape changing, the number of children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs continues to grow. We have evolved to become far more than a hospital. To reflect how we are growing and evolving, we have made the decision to change our name to better reflect all of the services we provide.


2015 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review

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

Giving News

A Carnival Unlike Any Other

Kid Fund Carnival - Airbrush Tattoo

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.


WATCH’s 10 Top Summer Safety Traps

A long-awaited break from our harsh winter this year, there’s still plenty of room for fun and games this summer while also being conscious of the safety of your family! WATCH shares with us their 10 Top Summer Safety Traps and Summer Safety To-Do list.

Education News

Transition & Adult Services Resource Fair

Bay Cove Team Photo Transition Fair

A critical issue for families of children with disabilities, transition planning for adulthood is an area with which many parents struggle. Therefore, providing a forum for families to interact and connect with adult services professionals was both important and rewarding. We were thrilled to welcome over 20 families & numerous professionals to our first Transition and Adult Services Resource Fair.


Ebola in the U.S.: Precautions and Safety

Ebola Prevention and Safety - CDC Infographic

While we don’t want to unnecessarily concern the public, we recognize that adequate preparation and education are key to preventing the further spread of the disease. Preventive and protective measures to respond to a potential Ebola outbreak are underway at Franciscan Hospital for Children.

News Support Services

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.


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