Medical City Fort Worth will host a free teddy bear ER clinic on Saturday, December 15 from 9 am – noon. Attendees can preview the new patient tower, including a pediatric-friendly emergency department, prior to its grand opening on December 19. Admission is free and no RSVP is necessary. Santa is also scheduled to make an appearance.
A teddy bear clinic is designed to alleviate children’s anxieties about going to the hospital. As a pretend “patient,” the child’s favorite bear, stuffed animal or doll undergoes a thorough exam at the hands of medical care providers using real equipment. Children get to use their imaginations in describing their toy’s “injuries” or “illnesses” and experience the hospital in an educational, comfortable and fun environment.
“Our effort to familiarize children with procedures they could potentially encounter during an emergency room visit is one additional way we are able to serve our community and its families,” said Ashten Fleming, RN, director of emergency services at Medical City Fort Worth.
Participants will receive a goody bag and the first 100 children in attendance will receive a free teddy bear. In addition, despite a busy schedule this time of year, SANTA will visit Medical City Fort Worth! Parents are encouraged to bring a camera for a great photo opportunity! Kid friendly snacks will be provided.
About Medical City Fort Worth
Medical City Fort Worth is licensed for 320 beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in a wide range of specialties, including cardiac care, neurosciences, oncology, surgical services, orthopedics, kidney transplants and emergency care. Part of the Texas Stroke Institute stroke care network, Medical City Fort Worth is a designated comprehensive stroke center and a Joint Commission certified chest pain center. Designated Magnet® for nursing excellence, the facility is also a Blue Zones Project workplace.