Teddy Bear Clinic puts a friendly face on medicine

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Greenwich, CT (Oct. 3, 2017) – Cradling toys that ranged from plush snakes to superheroes to baby dolls, more than 1,350 children and parents took part in Greenwich Hospital’s 19th annual Teddy Bear Clinic.

Youngsters from Fairfield and Westchester counties brought their teddy bears and stuffed animals to be treated by physicians, nurses and other health professionals at the outdoor mini-hospital under tents held on Sunday, Oct. 1. More than 540 children from infants to pre-teens attended the free event.

“The Teddy Bear Clinic has become a tradition for many families because it’s a great way for children to learn about hospital services in a kid-friendly environment,” said Norman Roth, Greenwich Hospital president and chief executive officer.

Twenty hospital departments were represented, including emergency, maternity, pediatrics, respiratory services, surgery, pharmacy, cancer prevention, orthopedics, cardiology and more.

Dr. Ted E. Bear was on hand to greet the children, who began their hospital tour by bringing their stuffed toys to “admitting” and “emergency” for a diagnosis. From there, children bought their furry friends to various stations for x-rays, ultrasound, surgery, respiratory therapy, splints or stitches, depending on the diagnosis.

Greenwich Library was on hand for story time and Greenwich Emergency Medical Services provided ambulance tours.

Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.

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