Another Successful Teddy Bear Clinic
MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — A veritable menagerie of teddy bears, monkeys, puppies and frogs populated the Mary & David Boies Emergency Department on Saturday morning.
Children brought their “sick” stuffed animals to Northern Westchester Hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic for care. The clinic was developed to familiarize children ages 3 and up with medical procedures like casting, suturing and stitches, IV insertion and X-rays, using their stuffed animals as patients.
“We’re here to allay children’s fears, to demystify the emergency room,” said Chief of Pediatrics Dr. Peter Richel. The aim is to get children to see visiting the doctor as a positive experience, rather than a threat. Richel wants kids to see their doctor as part of the same team of those who raise them: parents, friends, neighbors, teachers and clergy.
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