Franciscan Hospital for Children - A national leader in caring for children with special health care needs
November/December | 2012
Hope Through Healthcare: Notes from Franciscan Hospital for Children

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As 2012 comes to a close, we are thankful for the opportunity to serve children and families who need rehabilitative care.  Our warmest holiday wishes to you and yours!

Letter to Our Families

A recent open letter to families from CEO John D. Nash



Dear parents,  


I am reaching out to you in light of the tragedy that occurred on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones. The fact that those lives were lost in a school building, where we assume our children and staff will be safe, makes the news even more troubling.  READ MORE >>


 Our experts weigh-in on your most often asked questions.ASK - Diabetes 


Q: My nine year old son has severe disabilities and is fully dependent on us for his care. He is unable to speak, so he can't tell us how he feels or what he wants. He hasn't developed the skills his big sister had as a toddler, things she learned on her own without being taught. We want to help our son learn everything he can. Can he really benefit from the school curriculum or are we just going through the motions?


Program Director of the Kennedy Day School, Bonnie Paulino Lanen responds:


Your devotion to your son comes through clearly in your question. We love our children for who they are and continually support them as their most ardent fans. It is a wonderful and demanding job that we wouldn't give up for anything. READ MORE>>

Sharing Expertise

Every day our Speech-Language Pathologists work with children to evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. Recently several of our staff became involved outside the hospital to share their knowledge and expertise with the community and beyond. READ MORE >>


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