Medical Services

Of The Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children


Medical care at PRHC includes primary pediatric care, comprehensive medical case management and subspecialty consultation. The Pediatrics Department is equipped to offer extensive and vigorous primary care. Its staff- to- patient ratio enables the Department to emphasize proactive interventions and keep acute care hospitalizations to a minimum

The patients at PRHC have on-site access to a breadth of specialty medical clinics. These clinics include: Complementary Alternative Medicine, Dental, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Optometry, Orthopedics, Physiatry, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Pulmonology and Urology.

We refer to our network of community specialty providers for consultations as needed.


The Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children, (PRHC) is a specialized health care facility for physically disabled children, adolescents and young adults. The Nursing Department provides comprehensive rehabilitation care to patients affected with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Myelodysplasia, trauma induced disability and other low incidence physically debilitating or congenital disorders. PRHC offers professional nursing service in inpatient, school, outpatient and summer programs.

PRHC offers professional nursing service in inpatient, school, outpatient and summer programs. Nursing care is carried out by a variety of staff. The Registered Nurse assigns appropriate portions of that care to both Licensed Practical Nurses and non-licensed staff. Nursing care is delivered in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and regulations of the Board of Registration of Nursing. Nursing expertise and skills are integrated into a variety of medical and pediatric activities to provide needed services to our patients.

The nursing staff continually assesses and evaluates the physiologic, developmental and psychosocial needs of the patient and is involved with the planning of care to be delivered. The nurse’s role, as part of the interdisciplinary team, involves participation in the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the interdisciplinary plan of care. Nursing care is delivered on one of five patient care units. In addition, nursing care is also delivered at the Brayton School during school hours and in the Out-Patient Department during scheduled specialized clinics.

Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health Service Department provides a continuum of mental health services to address the emotional, behavioral, and social well-being of our patients and families. Behavioral Health clinicians specialize in prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, consultation, and treatment of patient’s psychological functioning.

We offer individual, group, and family therapy services. We also provide psychotropic medication management, neuropsychological assessment, and crisis intervention. Upon admission, we deliver support services to promote a successful adaptation to the new environment at MHS.

We also provide transitional support to maximize a patient’s skill set for a successful discharge.