A group of furry volunteers were stitched, bandaged and splinted this week at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center — all in the hope of helping children.
The hospital held its annual Teddy Bear Clinic on May 8 and 9, with more than 200 kindergarteners from Wilkey, Lawler and Canneyville elementary schools and Leitchfield Christian Academy participating.
The students learned about proper hand-washing habits, received nutrition and healthy lifestyles tips, and learned what might happen if they have to visit the hospital due to an injury.
That’s where the teddy bears took center stage. Nurse and director of staff development Marla Cantway used one to show the kids the possible results of riding a bicycle without a helmet — lots of bandages and forehead stitches if the rider fell.
In another room, nurse Mindy Renfrom and CNA Vanda White teamed up to show the kids some procedures they might undergo during a visit to the hospital or a doctor, including having their temperature taken and their ears checked.
Bill Oldham, the hospital’s director of planning and marketing, said this is the 21st year for the clinic.
“The goal is to make a trip to the doctor or the hospital seem not quite so scary,” he said.