TowerDIRECT, Tower Health’s non-profit ambulance company, visited the Child Development Center at Reading Hospital Wednesday morning to host a teddy bear clinic for students.
The preschool aged children were given the opportunity to bring a stuffed animal from home to receive a “check-up” from a member of the TowerDIRECT team. The children also explored the ambulance and learn about the equipment onboard.
The Teddy Bear Clinic is part of Tower Health’s recognition of National EMS Week, which honors all EMS Professionals for their excellence and dedication to patients and communities. This year EMS Week is being celebrated May 21 – 27. The Wednesday of EMS Week is “Emergency Medical Services for Children Day.”
“In addition to providing emergency care to patients, the team at TowerDIRECT is committed to educating individuals in the community,” said Herbert Schiffer, DO, Medical Director at TowerDIRECT and an emergency medicine physician. “The opportunity to educate and inspire children has a profound impact on our team members.”
Alyssa Bogert, Director of the Child Development Center added, “We are so appreciative of the TowerDIRECT team visiting our students. All our students’ parents or guardians work within the health system so this provides the children a hands-on learning experience from their family’s colleagues. It also provides an important opportunity to educate the children that EMS professionals are trusted helpers in our community when there is an emergency situation.”