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Teddy bears help children feel at home at hospital in Craig during a special event Monday

A Teddy Bear Clinic will be held at The Memorial Hospital Monday

Cuddly teddy bears and cute kids will come together at the hospital in Craig on Monday for a Teddy Bear Clinic.

"We realize that kiddos have a hard time coming to the hospital. Children are afraid of a lot of things: fear of the unknown, fear of needles, fear of the blood pressure cuff and the providers. I see this when they come into the ER," said Memorial Regional Health Dr. Cynthia Reed.

To help children overcome any anxiety they might have, Reed and other providers will introduce children and their families to the hospital with the help of the popular stuffed bears.

"The idea behind this is to help ease anxiety for children who may need to visit the hospital, so they know what to expect when receiving care," stated Memorial Regional Health Director of Human Resources Leanne Crowe in an email.

The Teddy Bear Clinic is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on June 26 at The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop.

This is the first time MRH has offered the Teddy Bear Clinic at the hospital, said MRH Marketing Coordinator Adrie Camp.

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Children are encouraged to bring 'sick' stuffed animals for providers to treat, said Reed.

The first 50 children younger than age 12 to attend will receive a free teddy bear, and, after the tour, root beer floats will be served.

During the tour of the emergency department, Reed will provide care to any "sick" stuffed animals brought to the clinic. Then families will go to Radiology to see an X-ray and CT scan performed on a teddy bear.

"All ages of kids are welcome. Parents are welcome, and we hope it's a friendly, inviting experience for the community. Come with any questions you have and bring a 'sick' stuffed animal," Reed said.

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If you go

Teddy Bear Clinic at Memorial Regional Health

Bring your ‘sick” stuffed toy to the hospital.

When: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on June 26
Where: The Memorial Hospital, 750 Hospital Loop
Free: The first 50 children under the age of 12 will receive a free teddy bear and the event is free to attend.
For additional information: Adrie Camp 970-826-3173