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Teddy Bear Hospital
By Micah Halpern

Friday May 6, 2022
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500 Israeli children received teddy bears for participating in an Open House for Children. The event was sponsored by the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in Safad.

Every year for the past decade, this branch of Bar Ilan Medical School transforms their facility into a hospital and creates a program intended to de-mystify the hospital for children.

The goal is to alleviate anxiety. They conduct child-friendly programs in emergency rooms, blood labs, x-ray rooms, a cardiac center and even in ambulances.

The program is call “the Teddy Bear Hospital.” And it is very successful.

Many children, as well as adults, have a fear of hospitals and that fear keeps them from getting early treatment. If this anxiety can be alleviated early, then whenever hospitalizations are required - even if the need arises later in life, these graduates of Teddy Bear Hospital will feel comfortable enough to quickly access a hospital, before their situation turns into an emergency.

In the long term, innovative programs like this one save lives.

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9 May 2022 11:22 PM in Thoughts

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