Local Preschoolers Visit Mid Coast Hospital

Allie Vinson of Topsham visits the Mid Coast Hospital Teddy Bear Clinic with her stuffed friend.
More than 60 local preschoolers visited Mid Coast Hospital on Friday, May 5, for its Teddy Bear Clinic. This annual event is a fun learning experience that helps take the fear out of hospitals for children ages three to six.

"Each year the nurses at Mid Coast look forward to this event,” said Cate Parker, RN, Director of Mid Coast Center for Community Health and Wellness. "Caring is at the heart of everything we do, and having the opportunity to educate children about the hospital is part of comforting them when the time comes.”

During the event, members of Mid Coast Hospital’s nursing staff treat the preschoolers’ sick, stuffed friends. Children view x-rays, learn about age-appropriate hospital equipment, and help to apply bandages to their furry friends.

The Teddy Bear Clinic is the signature event offered by the Mid Coast Hospital Teddy Bear Club, a program that focuses on comforting young children that may be frightened by hospital surroundings. Throughout the year, the Teddy Bear Club provides a stuffed teddy bear to children who come to the hospital in need of tests, surgery, or emergency room visits.

More information about the Teddy Bear Club and the Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary is available at https://www.midcoasthealth.com/auxiliary/teddy-bear-club/.

John Strong, Surgical Tech at Mid Coast Hospital, entertains the children at the Teddy Bear Clinic.

Mid Coast Hospital nursing staff host the Teddy Bear Clinic on May 5.