June 11, 2014

Saint Anne’s Hospital announces collaboration with Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Hasbro Children’s Hospital specialists now provide outpatient services in Fall River to Saint Anne’s pediatric patients with complex health needs

Fall River, MA – Today, Saint Anne’s Hospital announced a new collaboration with Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a member of the Lifespan health system in Providence, Rhode Island. Children and adolescents from the Fall River/New Bedford area now have access to the highest quality specialty pediatric care from Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatric specialists in their own community.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital specialists are now seeing patients at the Fernandes Center for Children & Families of Saint Anne's Hospital (222 Milliken Boulevard, Fall River).

“We are proud to bring Hasbro Children’s Hospital specialty services to Saint Anne’s to meet the needs of children living in southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island,” said Craig A. Jesiolowski, FACHE, president of Saint Anne’s Hospital.

Noting that, should children with certain complex medical needs require more advanced care, Jesiolowski said, “This clinical affiliation with Hasbro Children’s Hospital [approximately 20 miles away] creates a convenient, high-quality and less stressful alternative” to traveling to Boston [approximately 50 miles away] for specialty pediatric care.

Hasbro Children’s Hospital specialists Pei-Chi Wu, M.D., developmental/behavioral pediatrician, Carolina S. Cerezo, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist, and James W. Ziegler, M.D., pediatric cardiologist, are now seeing patients at Saint Anne’s Fernandes Center. In this new arrangement, Hasbro Children’s specialists are working side-by-side with Saint Anne’s pediatricians and family practitioners to ensure patients receive coordinated, high-quality care to meet their needs. The Fernandes Center currently offers a spectrum of specialty services that also include behavioral health, endocrinology, genetics, growth and nutrition, neurology, pediatric rehabilitation, and weight management.

“This new collaboration with Saint Anne’s Hospital solidifies our shared goal of providing the best, most comprehensive care to each and every child who needs us,” said Robert Klein, M.D., pediatrician in chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Twenty years ago, we opened our doors as the area’s premier children’s hospital and today offer 40 primary care and specialty practice areas, as well as the area’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, as designated by the American College of Surgeons.”

Saint Anne’s Hospital is Greater Fall River’s only comprehensive provider of inpatient and outpatient pediatric health services for children from infancy through young adulthood.

Saint Anne’s is a member of the Steward Health Care pediatric network, which includes community-based pediatric physician practices, expert emergency care, inpatient care, routine and emergency surgery, coordinated specialty outpatient medical clinics and nursing services, behavioral health, nutrition (including weight management), youth trauma and other social services, comprehensive rehabilitation (physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy), and child-focused community health and education initiatives.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital –
Saint Anne’s Hospital is a community hospital with comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care services, serving adults and children from southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island at its main campus in Fall River and its community satellites. Founded in 1906 by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Steward Health Care System, the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England. Saint Anne’s has been recognized time and again for quality, safety and service by such organizations as The Joint Commission, Healthgrades, The Leapfrog Group, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Fernandes Center for Children & Families is located at 222 Milliken Boulevard in Fall River and offers care for children with complex medical, developmental, and/or behavioral needs. Since 1997, it has logged more than 350,000 visits by children with complex health care needs. 

About Hasbro Children’s Hospital –
Hasbro Children’s Hospital, in Providence, R.I., a part of the Lifespan health care system, is the premier pediatric facility for clinical care, research and education for Rhode Island and surrounding southeastern New England. A private, not-for-profit institution, it is the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, through which the department of pediatrics brings in $23 million in external research funding annually. Hasbro Children’s Hospital is designated as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The hospital’s “All for One” commitment devotes all of its knowledge, experience, and passion for healing to each child in its care. For more information, visit , follow us on Twitter (, like us on Facebook (, or Pin with us