New Greeley hospital ‘treats’ teddy bears at event

GREELEY — More than 500 stuffed animals and dolls were treated with a little tender loving care at the Teddy Bear Hospital event at the soon-to-open UCHealth Greeley Hospital.

The “patients” ranged from teddy bears and stuffed unicorns to dolls and even a stuffed Incredible Hulk. Their “ailments” ranged from tummy aches and broken legs to bumps on the heads and shark bites.

Mickey Mouse prepares to be treated at a teddy bear open house at the new UCHealth Greeley Hospital. Courtesy UCHealth.

From the check-in to the exam with a provider and even receiving discharge instructions, about 800 parents and children got to experience what goes on during a hospital visit without the anxiety of an actual medical emergency.

“We love putting on the Teddy Bear Hospital,” Emily Garner, emergency nurse manager at the hospital, said in a statement. “The kids seem to really enjoy this experience. When they come in, they use their imaginations to make up a story about what happened to their ‘stuffie.’ Then, we treat that patient according to what happened.”

“We do this to give kids a chance to see an emergency room without having to be in an actual emergency situation,” said Dr. Jim Campain, medical director of the emergency department at UCHealth Greeley Hospital. “If any of these kids ever has a real medical emergency, I hope they’ll remember this day and feel more comfortable,” he said.

Children also got a chance to check out an ambulance and sit in UCHealth’s LifeLine medical helicopter.

On Saturday, the hospital also hosted a Community Open House to give area residents an opportunity to take tours of the hospital and get to meet some of the providers and care teams who will work there.

“I am thrilled by the wonderful warm welcome we received from the community today,” said Marilyn Schock, the hospital’s president. “We are excited to start caring for our patients here and loved getting to show everyone what’s in store.”

The 212,000-square-foot hospital will open this summer.  

 

GREELEY — More than 500 stuffed animals and dolls were treated with a little tender loving care at the Teddy Bear Hospital event at the soon-to-open UCHealth Greeley Hospital.

The “patients” ranged from teddy bears and stuffed unicorns to dolls and even a stuffed Incredible Hulk. Their “ailments” ranged from tummy aches and broken legs to bumps on the heads and shark bites.

Mickey Mouse prepares to be treated at a teddy bear open house at the new UCHealth Greeley Hospital. Courtesy UCHealth.

From the check-in to the exam with a provider and even receiving discharge instructions, about 800 parents and children got to experience what goes on during a hospital visit without the anxiety of an actual medical emergency.

“We love putting on the Teddy Bear Hospital,” Emily Garner, emergency nurse manager at the hospital, said in a statement. “The kids seem to really enjoy this experience. When they come in, they use their imaginations to make up a story about what happened to their ‘stuffie.’ Then, we treat that patient according to what happened.”

“We do this to give kids a chance to see an emergency room without having to be in an actual emergency situation,” said Dr. Jim Campain, medical director of the emergency department at UCHealth Greeley Hospital. “If any of these kids ever has a real medical emergency, I hope they’ll remember this day…