Navicent Health Teddy Bear Clinic gives children hospital visit experience

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Local teddy bears were treated at a special clinic Saturday, sponsored by Navicent Health.

The bears’ young caretakers got a chance to watch the hospital’s staff take care of toys in the Museum of Arts and Sciences parking lot.  Children were greeted by paramedics as they entered an ambulance.  Other patients were walk-ins at the clinic.

They were guided through the clinic’s stations, as if they parents were bringing a child to the hospital. The teddy bear caregivers were met by attendants at the registration table. They were given identification arm bands. The bears were placed on a scale to get their weight. Then, they were placed on x-ray machines. Some received bandages for ‘wounds’ and others were fitted for casts.

Hospital officials say they wanted to give children an idea of what happens during a hospital visit. “We serve kids, and this is what we do for them,” says Navicent Health, Children’s Hospital Development Coordinator Missi Upshaw. “We try and make it the best hospital experience for them. We also want them to know that, when they come through and bring their teddy bear through, that it’s not so scary to be in the hospital. It can actually be fun.”

The event was the first time Navicent Health held a teddy bear clinic. Upshaw said more than 200 people had shown up for the clinic by noon. She added the Teddy Bear Clinic was such a success it could become an annual event.

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