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News Comfort Bears for Pediatric Patients

Comfort Bears for Pediatric Patients

Mt. Vernon,
IL
6/15/2017

​New Comfort Bears will help quiet the fears of nervous children visiting SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. The bears are graciously constructed and donated by SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary.

A committee of members including Zella Fitz, Ruth Jones, Pattie Garren, and Laura Kniffen use donated fabric to construct these comfort bears for pediatric patients at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. The bears, housed in the Hospital's Emergency Department and 4200 Unit, are gifted to children when they come in for an emergency visit or hospital stay.

"Our volunteers go above and beyond, and we have enjoyed watching this committee bring the Comfort Bears concept to life," said Shawna Bullard, Administrative Director of Fund Development for SSM Health's Illinois Region.  The Comfort Bears project brought excitement in the air. "When I approached the Auxiliary about this project, you could see their eyes light up with joy. They embraced the concept of putting their hands to work in this beautiful way, bringing the gift of comfort to our littlest patients".

Every bear is handmade and all bears include a lovely small red heart. "By giving our hospitalized kids a cuddly friend we are encouraging comfort in a clinical setting. This has an overall impact on their stay, and how they may view future visits," said Bullard.

Learn more about volunteering at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital.