Stuffed Animals Get Checkups As New Hospital Prepares To Open


THE BEAR REPORTEDLY PULLED OFF THE STEERING WHEEL, RADIO AND LIKELY RELEASED THE BRAKE. THAT BARE TOOK OFF BEFORE DEPUTIES ARRIVED. U C HEALTH LONG SPEED HOSPITAL OFF HIGHWAY 119 IS A $192 MILLION PROJECT. COMPLETE WITH A HELIPORT FOR EMERGENCY TRANSFERS. THE DOORS HAVE NOT OPENED YET, BUT PATIENTS ARE READY FOR SPECIAL PATIENTS. HOSPITAL VISITS ARE NOT ALWAYS FUN AND VISITS TO THE EMERGENCY ROOMS CAN BE SCARY FOR KIDS. SOMETIMES, KIDS ARE SCARED. Reporter: TO HELP CHIRP BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES ON IN AN E.R., U C HEALTH CREATED A TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL. KIDS BRING THEIR FAVORITE STUFFED ANIMAL, DOLL OR GIANT PINK UNI CORN TO THE E.R. WHERE THEIR SPECIAL FRIEND BECOMES THE PATIENT. MY DOLLIE HAS A FEVER. HAS FEVER? UH-HUH. UH-OH. WHEN DID THIS START? IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THESE KIDS SO IF THEY COME IN AS PATIENTS THEMSELVES, THEY HAVE OPINION HERE WITH THEIR TEDDY BEAR OR WHATEVER ANIMAL AND WE FIXED IT. DR. JAMIE TIMER, MEDICAL DIRECTOR SAYS THAT THE UNIQUE VISITS HELP KIDS FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE IN A HOSPITAL. MANY TIMES, WHEN WILL HAPPEN IS THAT THEY WILL BRING THAT ANIMAL BACK TO THAT EMERGENCY ROOM AS A WAY TO RELATE TO THE PREVIOUS VISIT. THAT GIVES THEM A CALMING EFFECT. Reporter: AFTER A FEW STITCHES, BANDSAGES,. ALL DONE. Reporter: KIDS GET TO CHECK OUT THE HOSPITAL, HELICOPTER. I REALLY LIKED IT. IT WAS REALLY GOOD. Reporter: WITH A LITTLE TLC AND IMPORTANT DOCTOR’S ORDERS. ALL DAY LONG, YOU TO DOUBLE UP ON THE HUGS AND POPSICLE STICKS, OKAY? OKAY. Reporter: HUNDREDS OF KIDS NOW KNOW IF THEY EVER GO TO THE HOSPITAL, THEY’LL NEVER EXACTLY WHAT TO DO.

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