Teddy Goes to Cooper!

More than 125 kindergartners from the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy visited Cooper University Health Care on June 5, to take part in the annual Teddy Goes to Cooper Program. This program was developed to help alleviate young children’s fears of visiting the hospital or the doctor while teaching them healthy habits.

The hospital can be a scary place for anyone, especially young children,” said Michael Goodman, MD, MMM, FAAP, FAES, Chairman and Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. “Children take their teddy bears for ‘exams and treatments’ and they learn that the hospital or doctor’s office is a safe place to go for help and stay healthy.”

Each of the children received a stuffed teddy bear in need of medical care. The children rotated through five different stations where Cooper clinicians and medical students taught them about diagnosing and treating the bear’s ailment using real tools and equipment, being healthy, staying safe, and preventing injuries.

The event is a joint effort among Cooper University Hospital Community Outreach, Emergency Medical Services of Cooper, and The Cooper Foundation.

Click here to view photos from the event.

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