Harrisburg Medical Center is sponsoring a fun program to teach kids the hospital does not have to be an intimidating place Saturday.
Called the Teddy Bear Care Fair, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday hospital staff will be treating the “injured” stuffed animals children bring in to the HMC South Entrance.
“We actually X-ray the animals they bring in and we do repairs,” HMC Foundation Executive Director Marsha Oliboni said.
“There were about 100 kids last year who came through and we are hoping this year they really come through.”
The stuffed critters will visit registration, a nurses’ station, undergo lab work, become X-rayed, visit respiratory therapy, physical therapy and surgery station where children will learn the exam and care process.
Children will receive printed results of their toy’s condition to keep.
Other events include a visit by resident clown Dr. Steph E. Scope, Illinois State Police will be conducting a child car seat check, children can see a fire truck, police car and Air Evac Helicopter, there will be a face-painting book, refreshments and snacks and each child will receive a goodie bag.
After all the festivities, children could be begging their parents to take them back to the hospital.
“It’s so they become used to the hospital see it’s not a scary place,” Oliboni said.