Children who are going through surgery in the Lloydminster Hospital will now be getting a stuffed friend to help them through their visit.
The Lloydminster Healthcare Auxiliary donated $10,000 to Lloydminster Region Health Foundation’s Teddy Bear Program which gives pediatric patients a stuffed teddy bear, starting December 5.
The foundation says the teddy bears have proven to reduce emotional distress in hospitalized children who experience significant anxiety during their stay.
Health Foundation Development Officer Stephanie Munro says they’re excited to bring the program to the hospital.
“As of December 5th, all pediatric surgery patients will be receiving a teddy bear upon being admitted to the hospital. We are very grateful to the Lloydminster Healthcare Auxiliary for funding this project and helping to alleviate the anxiety that often can be associated with surgery.”
The Auxiliary is run by local volunteers to raise money for the city’s healthcare needs. The group makes handmade knitted baby items which can be purchased at the hospital gift shop. Proceeds from the items go back into patient care items such as the teddy bears.