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Calling All Sick and Injured Teddy Bears!

Children Invited to Bring Plush Patients to Free Annual Teddy Bear Clinic

MACON, GA (Wednesday, February 24, 2016) - Navicent Health invites the children of central Georgia to bring their sick and injured teddy bears, or other plush animal friends, to Atrium Health Navicent's second annual Teddy Bear Clinic. Plush patients will receive bandages, X-rays, height and weight checks and a blood pressure check as children learn what happens when a person visits the hospital.

This year's clinic will take place on Saturday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and will be held at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Rd. in Macon. As part of First Saturday, admission is free.

First Saturday is held in partnership between Navicent Health Foundation and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. The partnership began in August 2014 and, through Navicent Health Foundation's generous support, provides free museum admission to the public on the first Saturday of each month.

“We have enjoyed collaborating with the Museum of Arts and Sciences to bring First Saturdays to our community. This is a wonderful educational opportunity that the community should take advantage of, and our hope is that by attending the Teddy Bear Clinic, children will learn that visits to the hospital and the doctor's office are not scary,” said Ellen Terrell, Chief Development Officer for Navicent Health Foundation.

Teddy bears will be given to the first 500 “patients” to receive treatment at the clinic, and refreshments will be provided.