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Saint Clare’s Hospital/Denville To Host Teddy Bear Hospital For Local Children on March 26

February 4, 2011

Saint Clare’s Health System invites children to our annual Teddy Bear Hospital on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Children, ages toddler through 10, can bring their teddy bears or favorite stuffed animals to Saint Clare’s Hospital/Denville to learn about medical equipment and procedures to become comfortable with visiting a hospital.

“We want children to feel comfortable within a hospital setting and feel like the Teddy Bear Hospital provides a fun and enjoyable way to show that hospitals are here to help,” says Beth Waters, Shift Supervisor Emergency Department & Pediatrics at Saint Clare’s Health System.  “Additionally, children are excited to learn about health and wellness tips thought the interactive displays that we have arranged.”

Nurses and physicians from Saint Clare’s Health System will offer demonstrations of simple medical procedures and treatments for children so they learn that visiting a hospital isn’t so scary.  Stuffed animal treatments will include: splints for broken arms or legs, stitches for cuts or boo-boo’s, breathing better with asthma and learning about germs and immunizations.

Matthew Lanigan, an EMT for Saint Clare’s Health System, monitors a teddy bear’s heartbeat at the 2009 Teddy Bear Hospital.

The Teddy Bear Hospital event is free and will be held at the Silby Cafeteria at Saint Clare’s Hospital/Denville, 25 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ 07834 on March 26, 2011.  Parents and children can arrive anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn more about health and safety tips. Free parking and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required, please call 866-STCLARE (866-782-5273).

About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.

Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

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