Hospital Information

Chief Executive Officer:Brian V. Devin
Location:3 Randolph Street, Canton, Massachusetts 02021
Telephone Number:(781) 828-2440
FAX Number:(781) 821-4086
Origination Date:1907
Original Use:Medical care and education of youngsters with birth defects and Polio.
Inpatient Capacity:93
Average Daily Census:88
Accreditation:Joint Commission Accreditation - 2014

Mission Statement

The mission of The Massachusetts Hospital School (MHS) is to provide medical, rehabilitative, educational, recreational, habilitative, transitional, and complementary alternative medical services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities, assisting them to achieve their optimal level of independence in all aspects of life.

Board of Trustees

  • Jude L. O'Hara, Chairman
  • Thomas J. Martin
  • Yvonne A. Shelton, M.D.


  • Arthur M. Pappas, M.D.

Programs Offered

  • Comprehensive 24/7 Nursing Care
  • Therapeutic Services including Speech and Language, Occupational, Physical and Recreational Therapy
  • Pediatric Specialties including Cardiology, Neurology, Physiatry, Pulmonary, and Orthopedics
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Pain Management)
  • On-site Special Education in Institutional Settings program (SEIS) operated by the Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering (custom wheelchairs to maximize mobility and communication devices)
  • Summer Day Program - provides comprehensive nursing, therapeutic programs (PT, OT, Speech) and access to recreational programs for 145 children from over 85 communities
  • Experiential Transitional Program for independent living within the greater community

Population Served

The Massachusetts Hospital School serves the more complex medical, educational, rehabilitative and recreational needs of children and young adults with the following conditions: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and other Neuromuscular Disorders, Myelodysplasia, Spina Bifida, Trauma based disability including brain injury and other congenital or acquired physically debilitating disorders MHS is open to Massachusetts children and young adults from ages 6 to 22, who require medical management for a physical disability.

Directions to Massachusetts Hospital School

From Boston:
Take the Southeast
Expressway to Rte. 128 N. Follow Rte. 128 N. to Exit 2A (Stoughton/Rte. 138).
Follow Rte. 138 to second set of lights. Take a right turn onto Randolph St. MHS is about one half mile on the left side.

From Fall River:
Take Rte. 24 to Exit 19B (Stoughton). At Sixth traffic light (Rte. 138), turn right. Follow Rte. 138 about four miles. At third set of lights (Randolph St.), turn left. MHS is about one half mile on left.

From New Bedford:
Take Rte. 140 to Rte. 24. Follow directions as from Fall River.

From Cape Cod:
Crossing the Sagamore Bridge: Take Rte. 6 to Rte. 3 N. to Rte. 128 N. to Exit 2A (Stoughton/Rte. 138). Follow Rte. 138 to second set of lights. Go right onto Randolph St. MHS is about one half mile on the left.

Crossing the Bourne Bridge: Take Rte. 495 to Rte. 24 N. Follow directions as from Fall River.

From Route 95(points North):
Take Rte. 128 S. to Exit 2A (Stoughton/Rte. 138). Follow Rte. 138 to second set of lights. Go right onto Randolph St. MHS is about one half file on the left side.

This information is provided by the within the Department of Public Health.

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