Fernandes Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary


For more than 3,000 families, the Fernandes Center for Children and Families (FCCF) at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Mass., is a one-stop care delivery resource. At FCCF, families can receive a continuum of high quality services including diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and consultation for the full spectrum of care they need.

This widely respected pediatric specialty center — a joint partnership between May Institute and Saint Anne’s Hospital — recently celebrated its 15th Anniversary by hosting an Open House.

Joining in the festivities were many of the families who have received care at the Center. Alongside them were primary and specialty care physicians from St. Anne’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, and pediatricians, teachers, and staff from community agencies who have invested themselves professionally in the health and welfare of the children and families served.

“It’s a great model of integrated care,” explains Jeanne Paccia, Ph.D., Director of the FCCF. “We offer an array of medical, behavioral health, and pediatric rehabilitation services under one roof in the local community, eliminating the need of travelling to Boston or Providence.”

“Some of the more sought-after services include specialized, interdisciplinary clinics to evaluate children with developmental disorders, feeding disorders, and growth and nutrition concerns,” she adds. “There is also a lot of need for social skills development for children and adolescents, and behavior management training for parents.”