Texas Health HEB Offers Teddy Bear Clinic to Educate Children
10/04/2013

BEDFORD, Texas — More than 100 kindergartners from Bell Manor Elementary School in Bedford will learn the bear facts about safety and injury prevention when Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford hosts a Teddy Bear Clinic.

The annual clinic will be held at Texas Health HEB’s emergency department (ED) on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Students will be given a stuffed bear and a bicycle helmet before receiving safety and injury prevention education. Topics include fire safety, when to call 911, hand hygiene, bicycle safety, nutrition and what it is like to visit the emergency department. The ED staff will then demonstrate how to provide “emergency care” for their bears.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for emergency nurses to give to children in our community by providing a fun event that is educational,” said Lynn Kelley, M.S., R.N., the hospital’s director of emergency services. “As a designated trauma center, we’re required to provide injury prevention education. Teaching children about fire and bicycle safety is a great way to do that.”

Children will also be able to view an ambulance and fire truck during the clinic.

Bell Manor Elementary is Texas Health HEB’s adopt-a-school partner in the HEB Independent School District. Hospital employees donated many of the teddy bears that will be given to the children during the clinic.

“Through the clinic we educate children about serious subjects such as injury prevention and the emergency department experience. The teddy bears help us connect with the youngsters in a way that may help save their lives or their loved ones someday,” Kelley said.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is a 304-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology unit, comprehensive cardiac services (including cardiac rehabilitation), and behavioral health services through Texas Health Springwood Hospital. Texas Health HEB recently received Level III Trauma Center designation as well as dual accreditation as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure Center. The hospital also is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, certified as a Primary Stroke Center and designated as a "Baby Friendly" facility by WHO and UNICEF.Texas Health HEB is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/HEB.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.