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Duplin Health Sciences Academy Sponsors Teddy Bear Hospital


KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – February 1, 2019 - If you were in the Media Center at Beulaville Elementary School last Friday, January 25, you may have thought you were at Vidant Duplin Hospital.  Students in Kindergarten and First grade were appropriately dressed in face masks, gloves, caps, shoe covers, and hospital gowns as they entered the “hospital” with their beloved stuff animals.  Volunteers from Vidant Duplin Hospital invited students, accompanied by their ailing stuffed animal, to the “set up” hospital in order to be diagnosed and treated.

The students’ animals had an array of problems.  Some animals had broken limbs from a fall, some needed stuffing and stitches, while many needed immunizations or medicine.  Whatever the need, students enjoyed creating their own scenario. The make shift “hospital” featured various treatment areas such as triage, sutures and bandages, operation, clinic, and, recovery, much like you see in a real hospital.  From triage, the animals received a diagnosis and then they were sent to another area for treatment. “There can be a lot of fears that go along with a trip to the doctor or to the hospital, and one of our goals is to help eliminate some of those fears,” says Debra W. Sholar, Duplin Health Sciences Academy Coordinator.  “We also want to introduce even our youngest students to the opportunities in health care careers.” Each child received a disposable stethoscope and had a chance to see and to learn about some of the instruments they might see in a hospital/doctor office setting. After recovery, students received a certificate of bravery and they had a chance to talk about their experiences.

If you would like to know more about the Duplin Health Sciences Academy or the other programs it sponsors please contact Debra W. Sholar at (910) 296-6695.  The Academy is a partnership between Duplin County Schools, Vidant Duplin Hospital, Southeast AHEC, Goshen Medical Center, Duplin Emergency Services, Duplin County Health Services, Duplin County Economic Development Commission, and James Sprunt Community College.