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Teddy Bears Need Checkups, Too

Sick or injured teddy bears will be the focus of the second annual "Teddy Bear Clinic" at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center's Emergency Department, Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kindergarten children in the Tarrytown and Ossining school districts and their siblings are invited to attend. The event, organized by the Phelps Emergency Department nursing staff, celebrates Emergency Nurses Week.

Children will receive teddy bears at the clinic that will be cared for by real doctors and nurses. As they look on, kids can serve as "parents" of teddy bears as they are treated for a various plush toy "emergencies," such as lacerations, sore throats, fevers or broken bones. Outside the clinic, children and their cared-for bears will have a chance to explore a helicopter, ambulance, police car and a fire engine. They'll also have the opportunity to get acquainted with a police dog and to be fingerprinted.

The clinic is a gentle way to teach children about wellness, as well as to familiarize them with the workings of the Phelps Emergency Department. The program is free but advance registration is required. Please call Candace Huggins, at 914-366-3697, to register. Phelps Memorial Hospital is located at 701 North Broadway (Route 9 at Route 117), Sleepy Hollow.

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