Utica, N.Y. - Employees of the Mohawk Valley Health System brought their young kids in to St. Luke's Hospital in Utica on Saturday for a fun and educational event.
The kids brought their own teddy bears and other stuffed animals and interacted with doctors and nurses to care for their supposed sick animals in MVHS's 2nd annual Teddy Bear Clinic.
Stations were set up to let the kids give their teddy bears shots, read the teddy bear's blood pressure and even get their animals ready for surgery.
MVHS Child Specialist Erin Ratajczak says this is a good way to get kids to become less afraid of medical procedures in case they were to ever need one, "I want them to be comfortable not only with a medical equipment but I want them to feel comfortable if they have to come in for a day surgery, what to expect. I have a resident here this year I want them to be comfortable seeing someone in a white coat so they can know everyone that comes in with a white coat isn't going to be scary for them."
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