Children Invited to 20th Annual Teddy Bear Hospital

(April 1, 2010) - The George and Marie Backus Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) will host the 20th annual Teddy Bear Hospital on Saturday, April 10. The event will be held 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.

Participants can meet representatives from Backus Children's Hospital, SafeKids of Savannah, Coastal Therapy Dogs, Chatham County Sheriff's K-9 Unit, Children's Miracle Network, Reach Out & Read, Chatham County Aquatic Center, Amerigroup, Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Mounted Patrol Unit, and more.

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 academic 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.