In the early years of the Kennedy Memorial Hospital, forty Sisters who lived at the Hospital became nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and childcare specialists. They also managed the admissions and finance. With their commitment, personalized care for children and families became the hallmark of the Hospital’s tradition of care. The dedicated Franciscan Missionaries of Mary provided round-the-clock care and worked tirelessly to help each child reach his or her full physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual potential.
In the 1950s, the Hospital provided care and treatment for children with Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Polio. As the Sisters were called to take on new projects elsewhere around the globe, the hospital transitioned to an all lay staff of professionals from the Boston community. Over the years, the programs and services have evolved to meet the changing needs of children in the community and beyond. Today, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary are fewer in number but remain as a driving force at the hospital.