Guthrie Corning Hospital to Offer Teddy Bear Clinic Children’s event will be part of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

Sayre, Pa. – As part of the Corning YMCA’s “Healthy Kids Day”, Guthrie Corning Hospital invites children to bring their favorite stuffed animals, dolls or teddy bears to the Guthrie Teddy Bear Clinic for a free wellness visit.

Children of all ages, and their families, are invited to Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will take place in the Corning Y gymnasium at 127 Centerway in Corning.

Nurse Practitioner Kathleen Gallaway said, “Children often fear the idea of going to the doctor or the hospital. We use events like this to educate them about the experience and raise their comfort level.”

During the event, Guthrie providers will perform a wellness visit or check-up on the toy to demonstrate to children that going to the doctor shouldn’t be scary and might even be fun. Children will be encouraged to ask questions about health care and become more comfortable with hospital staff. There will also be educational materials for parents to take to continue the dialogue at home.

Guthrie Health is an integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.