Saint Anne'sServices and Clinical CentersPediatrics


For decades, Saint Anne's Hospital has prided itself on the scope and level of care offered to our youngest patients in Greater Fall River.

Saint Anne's offers a spectrum of pediatric services, including:

  • The area's only dedicated, licensed inpatient services
  • Specialized outpatient services through our Fernandes Center for Children & Families
  • Community and social work services that include youth trauma programs for children and adolescents who have been victims or witnesses to sexual, physical abuse and other trauma, including homicide or violence at home, among peers, or in the community

In addition, many of Saint Anne's clinical services, such as diagnostic procedures (X-ray, MRI, CT), surgery, and emergency care, are tailored just for kids.

Inpatient Services

Saint Anne's Hospital features Greater Fall River's only dedicated, licensed inpatient unit for children, from newborns through young adults.  

The inpatient unit is staffed by experienced pediatric nurses, many of whom are among the most senior nurses at Saint Anne’s. Many have earned special pediatric certifications and perform valuable service to the community by teaching at local colleges, offering community education programs and serving on the boards of local organizations.

The pediatric nursing team serves in several capacities. They care for children with a spectrum of problems, such as: asthma, infections, respiratory, or diabetes-related problems; recovery from general, orthopedic, or other surgery; and treatment of less common illnesses, such as meningitis or Kawasaki disease. They work closely with local pediatricians and pediatric specialists in providing comprehensive inpatient care. If children require more advanced treatment, they are ensured a smooth transition from Saint Anne’s to one of our partnering hospitals.

Patient education is an important part of patient care – and in pediatric care, this means education for both children and their parents. The nursing staff spends significant time explaining the child’s problem and treatments to family. To make the experience less scary, they maintain a "kid-friendly" environment, wear brightly colored scrubs, and offer amenities, such as rocking chairs, televisions and VCRs in each room, and a library of video games and videotapes.Saint Anne's Hospital Pediatric Services

Outside the hospital setting, the pediatric nursing staff provides information and services at area health fairs, schools, speaking engagements, and other events.

The Fernandes Center for Children & Families

Children with complex medical, developmental, and/or behavioral problems receive interdisciplinary outpatient care at The Fernandes Center for Children & Families of Saint Anne's Hospital.

Founded in 1997 as a joint partnership between Saint Anne's Hospital and the May Institute, the Fernandes Center provides coordinated, family-centered care services in one location for outpatient evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment to children with diverse developmental, behavioral, or special health care concerns. The staff of this unique community resource works closely with referring pediatricians, area schools, and community agencies to coordinate services to help each child and family.

Pediatric Specialty Care

Pediatric specialty care is coordinated through the Fernandes Center. For many years, Saint Anne's Hospital has brought board-certified pediatric specialists to Southeastern Massachusetts to serve the special health care needs of youngsters in our area. Some physicians have area practices. Others are on the staff of Hasbro Children's Hospital or Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and travel regularly to Saint Anne's Hospital to provide specialty services. This ensures that local families get the best in pediatric medicine without extensive travel and complicated scheduling, while allowing the family doctor to remain an integral part of each child's total care plan.

Pediatric specialty areas include learning disabilities, chronic medical conditions, and neurologic impairments. Directed by a pediatric psychologist, the Fernandes Center's team includes a developmental pediatrician, pediatric rehabilitation specialists, and other behavioral health care professionals. Specialty outpatient services available include:

  • Cardiology
  • Behavioral health, including child & adolescent psychiatry, child psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical social work
  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Growth and nutrition
  • Neurology 
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Orthopedics
  • Rehabilitation (physical, speech-language and occupational therapy)
  • Weight management
  • Youth Trauma Program at Saint Anne’s Hospital, a MOVA-funded collaboration with The May Institute

Pediatric Rehabilitation and Therapy Services

The Fernandes Center for Children & Families of Saint Anne's Hospital offers children's physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy and recovery programs, custom-tailored to their needs in a friendly, child-size environment.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for pediatric specialty care, ask your pediatrician or call The Fernandes Center for Children & Families of Saint Anne's Hospital, at 1-888-280-KIDS (5437).


Saint Anne’s Hospital
Inpatient Care Unit
795 Middle Street
Fall River, MA 02721
508-674-5600, ext. 2510

Fernandes Center for Children & Families of Saint Anne's Hospital
Outpatient specialty care services
222 Milliken Boulevard
Fall River, MA 02721
1-888-280-KIDS (5437) or 508-235-5285

Youth Trauma Program at Saint Anne’s Hospital
A MOVA-funded collaboration with The May Institute
508-235-5285, ext. 1976

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