Portneuf Health Partners

March 10th, 2017

Annual Teddy Bear Clinic set for March 11th

Pocatello, ID – A trip to the hospital can be trying at any age. To help children and families become more acquainted with what happens in a hospital, Portneuf Medical Center will hold its annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids at the annual Teddy Bear Clinic looking at a "furry bear patient" on a stretcher“The Teddy Bear Clinic helps dispel some of the anxieties children feel when they see a doctor for a procedure or treatment. In fact, some former participants, who have later been patients, have told us how at ease they felt because they knew what to expect,” said Monica White, Director of Volunteer Services at Portneuf.

Children and their stuffed animals can enter the Main Entrance on the southwest side of the building at 777 Hospital Way in Pocatello. From there, volunteers will direct the “patients” to have a checkup. Treatments after the checkup could include an x-ray, stitches, physical therapy or even a cast. There will also be a tour available of the Portneuf Air Rescue helicopter, provided it isn’t needed for service.

Portneuf Medical Center is a regional referral hospital for southern and eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. From our Cancer Center and Level II NICU to our cardiology care and Level II Trauma Center, our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff stand ready to help families in the region.