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OGH welcomes children for Buddy’s First Visit

Posted on: 05/23/2017

Olean General Hospital welcomed students from East View Elementary School recently for Buddy’s First Visit.

In its fourth 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 things like how stethoscopes are used, what happens when a nurse takes their blood pressure and how to wear a mask to prevent the spread of germs.

In addition to OGH staff, 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. OGH will continue to welcome children from Washington West Elementary School through early June.

Brandace Gaylor, RN, and Kelly Burrichter, RN, talk to students about visiting the emergency room during Buddy’s First Visit.

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