Hats Off! Celebrate Our 125th Anniversary!

For 125 years, the mission of Children’s Specialized Hospital hasn’t changed – to be the nation's leading provider of specialized health care services for infants, children and young adults. The world around us certainly has changed and so have the needs of our children. Our care has evolved to meet the unique needs of the children and families we serve.

In celebration of the people behind this noble and worthy endeavor we say–Hats Off!

We say Hats Off to those first dedicated women of Westfield back in the late 1800s who saw a need to help the malnourished and sickly children from nearby cities. We say Hats Off to the doctors, nurses and volunteers who rushed in to treat the hundreds of children afflicted during the polio epidemic.

We say Hats Off to the many loyal and generous donors and supporters who have helped our hospital grow to meet the demanding needs of children recovering from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. We say Hats Off to the medical and senior leadership who have helped create an innovative network of services to help treat thousands of children on the autism spectrum and with complex medical needs.

We say Hats Off to every past or present patient, employee, volunteer, donor – anyone and everyone who played a role in helping Children’s Specialized Hospital partner with families to make our many innovative therapies more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals. To honor our 125 years of helping children and families, find out how you can give back and get involved today!

Explore Our Unique History In This Interactive Timeline

Decades of Patients Stories

black and white image of woman and childTravel through our 125 year history from the patient perspective. Read these personal stories of how Children’s Specialized Hospital has helped eight families through many difficult recoveries. Also hear from a volunteer and donor about why he chose to support the hospital for more than 24 years.

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Hats Off is a Year Long Celebration!

Hats Off - Happy Birthday To Us on June 8, 1891

three babies in strollers This year marks Children’s Specialized Hospital’s 125th anniversary of helping children with special health care needs reach their fullest potential. To commemorate our actual anniversary of the date of incorporation, June 8, 1891 – we said “Hats Off” by wearing fun and creative hats!

Hats Off - Employees Are Recognized

group of people at a tableOn May 9 over 350 Children's Specialized Hospital employees gathered for the annual employee recognition dinner. We said Hats Off to employees who celebrated "milestone" years of service 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and even 35 years as a valued Children's Specialized Hospital employees! New this year, we announced the 2015 employee of the year!

Hats Off - Video Compilation of Hospital Stories

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Patient Stories

  • "I am glad I came here because I got to meet amazing staff and other girls with Type 1 Diabetes my age, which is something I really needed.”

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  • “We’re very thankful and grateful for the program and for everyone who helped us get our child back. I’d recommend the Chronic Pain Management Program to anyone.”

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  • “We are beyond pleased with the services and staff at Children’s Specialized Hospital,” said Nyla’s parents. “All of her therapist and doctors work together to create a plan that works for our daughter. The therapists have been a backbone for our family.”

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