Dr. Anthony Porto, pediatric gastroenterologist, examines an ailing teddy at the Pediatrics station (contributed photo)
Greenwich, CT - This year, Greenwich Hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic celebrated its 15th anniversary by welcoming 1,700 visitors from Fairfield, Westchester and Rockland counties to the mini-hospital under tents. On a sunny Sunday, Sept. 29, children brought their favorite toys to the event to be evaluated and treated by Greenwich Hospital doctors, nurses and staff at more than 20 department stations.
The Rodriguez family (Norwalk) stop for a hug from Dr. Teddy Bear at the 15th annual Teddy Bear Clinic (contributed photo)
First stop was admitting for an ID bracelet, then it was on to the check-up table for weighing and measuring. Emergency personnel took care of sprains, bumps and bruises, and the operating room team was scrubbed and ready for surgery. Along the way, children learned about diagnostic imaging and other medical technology, caring for newborns, nutrition, physical therapy, bike safety and much more. There were also tours of an ambulance by EMS staff and a visit from resident “doctor” and event mascot, Dr. Teddy Bear.