Franciscan Hospital for Children
Franciscan Hospital for Children, located in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, is the only facility of its type in the Northeast. We take pride in offering care to children who require medical, behavioral and educational services unmatched elsewhere. Licensed as a 112 bed pediatric hospital, we are often the facility to which children are transferred when they’re too stable for acute care but not yet well enough to go home. While we’re best known as a center of excellence in pediatric rehabilitation, we offer a full range of services to children from the community and around New England. All of our programs are family centric and designed to help each child reach his or her fullest potential.
To provide compassionate care and education to
children with special health care needs to help each
reach his or her full potential.
Pediatric Rehabilitation – Providing comprehensive
rehabilitation programs for children who are recovering
from catastrophic illness or injury.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Providing therapeutic and
medical attention to children requiring respiratory support.
Therapeutic Outpatient Services
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Speech-Language Pathology
Franciscan Pediatrics – Serving the local community, this
primary care source for infants, children and adolescents
provides well child care, physical exams and sick visits.
Home Health Care – Providing skilled nursing and therapy
services at home or school for families and children living
with acute or chronic health care needs or terminal illnesses.
Laboratory Services – A full service lab serves all
programs within the hospital.
Hyman Novack Medical Day Care – The only medical day
care program in Massachusetts for children from birth to
age 7 who have acute or chronic health care needs.
Pediatric Dentistry in affiliation with
Boston University – Staffed by pediatric dentists and
other dental specialists, all with expertise in treating
children with special needs.
Pediatric Specialties and Services
• Aquatic Therapy
• Augmentative Communication/Assistive Technology
• Center for Motion Analysis
• Cerebral Palsy Clinic
• Developmental Pediatrics
• Feeding Team
• Internal Medicine
• Prader Willi Syndrome
• Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Surgical Services – Featuring state-of-the-art surgical
facilities and a post-anesthesia care unit
Community Based Acute Treatment Program –
Providing treatment and stabilization in a structured
residential setting for children ages 4 to 14 experiencing
behavioral and emotional problems.
Child & Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health
Program – A place for hope and healing for children
in psychiatric crisis serving children and teens ages 3-19.
Expert crisis stabilization, assessment, and inpatient mental
health treatment takes place in a safe and nurturing setting.
Multidisciplinary Evaluation Program –
A comprehensive, two-day evaluation for children who
are experiencing behavioral or emotional problems at
home, school or in the community.
The Children’s Wellness Initiative – School based
mental health counseling services combined with
outreach, education and prevention.
• Developmental Pediatrics
• Medication Evaluations
• Neuropsychological Evaluations
• Psychological Testing
• School Consultation
Franciscan Family Child Care – Serving children in the
community, ages 8 weeks to 6 years, Monday through
Friday. Providing individualized attention to each child
and a safe and supportive environment to learn and grow.
Kennedy Day School – Meeting the needs of
children with special health care needs with a unique
combination of integrated special education, therapeutic
and medical services.
Kennedy Hope Academy – Providing special education
and state-of-the-art treatment for children and young
adults, ages 5 to 21, who have severe challenging
behaviors, autism spectrum disorders, developmental
disabilities, neurological disorders, and/or co-occurring
The hospital was founded in 1949 by Richard Cardinal
Cushing, Archbishop of Boston with the help of seed
money from the Kennedy family. Originally called the
Joseph P. Kennedy Memorial Hospital; the institution
was once operated and staffed by the Franciscan
Missionaries of Mary. Today, we’re called the
Franciscan Hospital for Children and function
as a non-profit independent hospital.