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The Fernandes Center for Children & Families

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

Founded as The Center for Children & Families in 1997 as a joint partnership between Saint Anne's Hospital and the May Institute, the center was renamed in September 2004 for Sister Joanna Fernandes, OP, the outgoing chairperson of the hospital's board of trustees.  Sister Joanna was a motivating force behind the center's vision of providing 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. 

The Fernandes Center for Children & Families has four divisions of service: specialty medical and developmental clinics, pediatric rehabilitation, community consultation services, and behavioral health.  Saint Anne's Hospital has brought board-certified pediatric physician specialists to Southeastern Massachusetts for more than 20 years to . Some physicians have area practices. Others are on the staff of Tufts Medical Center or Children's Hospital Boston 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 pediatrician or family doctor to remain an integral part of each child's total care plan.

Specialty outpatient services available through the Fernandes Center for Children & Families include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders clinic
  • Cardiology
  • Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Growth & Nutrition
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Rehabilitation: physical, speech-language & occupational therapy
  • Urology

Pediatric Rehabilitation and Therapy Services 

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


The Fernandes Center for Children & Families
Saint Anne's Hospital
508-235-5285
1-888-280-KIDS (1-888-280-5437)

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