Olmsted Medical Center Opens a Teddy Bear Clinic

November 10, 2018 07:27 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The patients at Olmsted Medical Center looked a little different Saturday morning.

Bunnies, bears, owls, and superheroes got in line for checkups, flu shots and wound repairs as part of the first-ever “Teddy Bear Clinic” at Olmsted Medical Center.


Family Nurse Practitioner Theresa Hurley hopes the event helps kids get used to the doctor’s office.

"We can work through their questions if they have any fear of needles we can explain why it's important for the vaccinations," said Theresa.

Dayton Hayes came to the clinic to give his stuffed animal a check-up.

“He got his temperature taken,” said Dayton.

While the temperature was about 86 degrees, Dayton said his stuffed animal did not have a pulse.

His grandmother Julie Hayes hopes going through these procedures with his stuffed animal will help Dayton feel more comfortable at his doctor’s visits.

"It's a healthy thing and they don't have to be afraid of the doctors or the nurses. They are trying to help them and some kids are very leery because it's a white coat--so I think it's a good experience," said Julie.

Now that Dayton has made his stuffed animal get his ears, eyes, and throat checked, he feels more prepared for his own checkups.

“I get my ears checked and I really liked that,” said Dayton.

Theresa also hopes this event reminds parents of the importance of scheduling yearly appointments.

"This is how we can diagnose diseases earlier and we can get better management both with the child and parents as far as education," said Theresa.                                             


Talia Milavetz

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