WCA Hospital and Creche are teaming up to host a Teddy Bear Clinic and Kids Activities Center during the grand opening of WCA's "new" 21st Century Emergency Department from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Teddy Bear Clinic and Kids Activities Center will introduce children to the emergency room visit experience in a fun and educational setting. Complete with a waiting area and exam table, the clinic will offer young visitors the chance to dress up as a doctor or nurse and diagnose and x-ray their teddy bear or huggable, loveable stuffed animal.
"Children are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to this fun learning experience," said Emelia Lindquist, WCA Emergency Department nurse manager. "The child's stuffed animal will undergo a triage evaluation by an emergency department nurse or staff member. The clinic is a very entertaining and enjoyable way to help children become familiar with a hospital setting and allows them to dispel possible fears that they may experience if they need to visit an emergency department."
From left, Sandy Dole, WCA Hospital Emergency Department senior staff nurse; and Emelia Lindquist, Emergency Department nurse manager, check the heart rate of Sandy Dole’s granddaughter, Briar Olivia Cercone’s, favorite stuffed animal. WCA Hospital and Creche are teaming up to host a Teddy Bear Clinic and Kids Activities Center during the grand opening of WCA’s “new” 21st Century Emergency Department. The open house is from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Children who bring in injured teddy bears or stuffed animals will receive a home-made bandage for their wound. The bandages were specially hand-made for the event by Kathlyn Ramey, Administrative Assistant-Medical Staff at WCA Hospital.
Following the discharge of their stuffed animal from triage, children will make their way through the Kids Activity play center, playing fun interactive Wii games, a visit from the balloon man, and a host of other fun kid activities. A complementary coloring book, A Trip To The Emergency Department, in English and Spanish versions, will be given to each child who visits the Teddy Bear Clinic.
The WCA Hospital Emergency Department Grand Opening activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. The community is invited to join Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital president and chief executive officer, hospital and community leaders, and Mayor Sam Teresi, for a dedication ceremony just outside the "new" WCA Hospital Emergency Department entrance on Sherman Street and Prather Avenue. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., participants can take part in the Teddy Bear Clinic; open house and self-guided walking tours; questions and answer sessions with the emergency department physicians and staff who will guide guests through the 18,000-square-foot, one-of-a-kind Emergency Center. Live music will be provided by Bill Ward, singer/songwriter, and Joseph Iuculano, a local accordion musician. Free commemorative gifts and enjoy appetizers and hor d'oeuvres and refreshments.
"We want to extend our thanks to the volunteers of Creche who helped make this event possible," Lindquist said. "We encourage everyone to join us. This is one grand opening you will not want to miss!"
For more information, visit www.wcahospital.org or call the hospital's Public Relations office at 664-8614.