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OGH welcomes children for Buddy’s First Visit

Posted on: 05/31/2018

Heather Hale, RN, talks to students about visiting the emergency room during Buddy’s First Visit at Olean General Hospital.

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

In its fifth year, Buddy’s First Visit 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 and high school volunteers from Olean and Friendship, children meet representatives from Southern Tier Healthcare System, 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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