Franciscan Hospital for Children - A national leader in caring for children with special health care needs

May/June Issue 

JUNE  2011

 FHFC in the News



Consumer Group: Summer Toy Safety Starts With Common Sense


Conor Frederick Takes Part in 5k Run & Walk


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Paralyzed Former BU Goalie Hosts Wiffle Ball Tournament in partnership with FHFC


BC Awards More Than $55 in Grants to 14 Allston-Brighton Groups




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Pep Talk From Belichick 


Salute to Nurses




Digging the Benefits  

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We consider it part of our mission to share information that can keep kids healthy so they don't need hospitalization.  Last week, we hosted W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.) for a press conference during which they alerted parents and caregivers about the risks of summertime activities and the safety precautions to take to make it an enjoyable summer.  For more information about the products and hazards to avoid, visit their website.


Read on to learn about recent events and program highlights.


Celebrating Accomplishments

For parents of children enrolled in the Kennedy Day School, the process of 'graduation' is bittersweet. This spring, theBrett Cooper school honored a very special student, Brett Cooper, who has been enrolled here since he was 7 years old.


Parents begin a search for appropriate programs for their young adults, usually at age 22, and the staff at the Kennedy Day School helps with this transition.


Lending Compassion to Grieving Families

The loss of a child is a difficult subject. It is also one that is all too real for some families. Having the right resources to make sense of the mixture of difficult and sometimes unexpected emotions associated with grief is the single most important part of the healing process. Lendign CmpassionDr. Joyce Reardon, Director of Education and Coordinator of Behavioral Health at Franciscan Hospital for Children says, "Grief requires recognition, acknowledgment and support in order for one to develop a healthy way of coping."  


No Butts About It: Our Kids Matter

Tobacco-FreeOn June 1st, we successfully went smoke free! New signage has been posted around the hospital and so far, the new policy has been received positively. "We are committed to the health and safety of patients, their families and our staff," said Franciscan Hospital for Children's Vice President for Performance Improvement, Jennifer Fexis. LEARN MORE  


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