Backus Children’s Hospital to Host 18th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic

(June 4, 2008) – The George and Marie Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) will host the 18th annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hoskins Center on the MUMC campus (Ranger Road at 66th Street).

Children age 10 and under are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear, stuffed animal, or doll through the mock hospital to learn some of the ways that hospitals help children feel better. This fun environment allows doctors, nurses, and technicians to perform various procedures on the toys, including X-rays, lab tests, and surgery. At the same time, children get a better understanding of how hospitals work and learn about wellness and injury prevention.

Approximately 30 different departments from MUMC and hundreds of volunteers will participate in this year’s Teddy Bear Clinic. Several organizations from the community will also take part, including the ladder truck from Savannah Fire and Emergency Services, the Savannah-Chatham Mounted Patrol, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Community Outreach, MedStarOne, LifeStarOne, Chatham County Sheriff's Department (canine division), and Coastal Therapy Dogs.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial University Medical Center has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates four years in a row for providing an outstanding patient experience.