Published on July 13, 2012

Teddy Bear Clinic promotes children’s health and injury prevention

Who: Parkview Medical Center and numerous community sponsors and partners
What: Hosting 11th Annual “Teddy Bear Clinic”
Where: Pueblo Mall, 3429 Dillon Drive, Dillard’s Courtyard and parking lot
When:    11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 4, 2012

PUEBLO, Colo.-- Bike helmet giveaways, traffic safety, injury prevention and safety lessons, and numerous bandaged teddy bears. Those are just a few of the lasting benefits that Parkview’s Teddy Bear Clinic has left on the youth of southern Colorado. This year marks the 11th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic, which will be held on Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pueblo Mall. Each year, the focus of the Teddy Bear Clinic is to create awareness about injury prevention and to help parents improve children’s health and safety. The Teddy Bear Clinic has brought injury prevention to more than 3,500 children. Parkview together with this year’s sponsors, Kiwanis Club of Pueblo and Comcast Spotlight, are proud to present southern Colorado’s largest free injury prevention and safety fair.
Injury is the number one cause of death and disability among children in the United States. According to the World Health Organization, every day around the world, more than 2,000 children die as a result of accidents that could have been prevented. Once a child reaches the age of five, unintentional injuries are the biggest threat to their survival.

Children are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or other “injured” stuffed animal to the event. Then, the “patient” (stuffed animal) will undergo a triage evaluation by a team of emergency room professionals. Children will learn about the most commonly seen injuries and their treatment. Following the “discharge” of their animal from the “triage” area, kids will make their way through Dillard’s Courtyard and hallway in the Pueblo Mall, visiting the health and safety-related exhibits. New this year; Dillard’s will host a Children’s back-to-school fashion show at 1pm.

Families are also encouraged to head outside to the Dillard’s parking lot for the bike rodeo. Children attending the Teddy Bear Clinic will receive a complementary bike helmet provided by funding from Kiwanis of Pueblo. Also located in the mall parking lot, Drive Smart Pueblo will have a drive-up car seat safety check-point.

“Parkview Medical Center created the Teddy Bear Clinic eleven years ago as a proactive, yet entertaining way to educate children and their families on how to protect themselves against injury,” explained Michelle Peulen, Parkview Medical Center, Public Relations Specialist. “This event has been extremely successful.”

“We invite everyone to attend the free, 11th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic and hope families will have a great day while learning to stay safe and healthy!” Peulen said.

For more information about Parkview’s Teddy Bear Clinic, please call Parkview Marketing Outreach at 719.584.4760.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.