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OGH welcomes children for Buddy’s First Visit

Posted on: 06/10/2019

Kristin Clower, RN, and Cayla Thomas, ED technician, explain bike safety to students from Washington West Elementary School during Buddy’s First Visit at Olean General Hospital.

Olean General Hospital welcomed students from Washington West, Allegany-Limestone and Eastview Elementary schools recently for Buddy’s First Visit.

In its sixth year, Buddy’s First Visit is part of the hospital’s Community Connections program and welcomes young children to the emergency room to show them what to expect should they be there as a patient. Along with their “best buddy” (stuffed animal), the children learn about bike safety, proper hand washing, respiratory issues, and sun safety.

In addition to OGH staff, children meet representatives from Southern Tier Healthcare System, Mercy Flight, Trans Am and the City of Olean Fire Department. After meeting emergency personnel, seeing the inside of an ambulance and emergency room, the youngsters learn to be more comfortable and understand what happens in the event of an actual emergency.

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