Child life services are available through our Day Surgery Center to help children and their families prepare for and cope with a surgical experience. Our child life specialists provide a pre-surgery tour, age-appropriate activities to ease a child's anxiety while waiting for surgery, and comfort and support in the recovery room as the child awakes from anesthesia.
Before Surgery A pre-surgery tour of the Day Surgery Center can help ease a child’s fears and clarify misconceptions they may have about the surgical experience. The Day Surgery Center uses the Bud-E Program, sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Each child receives his or her own Bud-E Bear to take home.
During the pre-surgery tour, children are introduced to the sights and sounds of the Day Surgery Center. They learn what will happen on the day of surgery and get a chance to ask questions. They are given surgical and hospital supplies to touch and play with. There are educational hand-outs for parents, coloring books for the children, and an animated DVD of Bud-E Bear having surgery. This program is geared toward children between the ages of 2 and 10. However, the pre-surgery tour is available for children and adolescents of all ages. It is modified to address the specific needs of each age group.
Schedule a Tour To schedule a tour, call our certified child life specialist at 912-350-9784. Please leave a message with your name, your child's name, when you would like to come in for a tour, and a phone number where you can be reached during the day.
Pre-surgery tours are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., by appointment only.