At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, we know that sometimes it’s the small things that can make a big difference in helping a child heal. Our unique patient experience addresses not just the child’s medical needs, but his and the family’s emotional needs as well. That’s where Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville’s Bear Club comes in.
The Bear Club is a positive program that helps alleviate some of a child’s apprehension surrounding a hospital stay and helps patients focus on something other than their surgery. After all, alleviating stress is an important part of the healing process. Greenville Shriners Hospital Child Life therapist, Elaine Hardin says, “When I greet families who are coming in for surgery, both the parents and child are very anxious and nervous. But after the patient gets to pick out their Build-A-Bear™ they have a smile on their face. You can see them relax.”
The Bear Club’s premise is simple: Every patient who comes into our hospital for surgery is welcomed with a brand new Build-A-Bear™, outfit of choice, and an authentic Build-A-Bear™ birth certificate. After their initial surgery, if the child requires additional surgical procedures, they can choose a new outfit to go with their bear.
Like all treatment provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville, from clinic appointments to prosthetics and orthotics to surgery, the Bear Club is for all surgical patients, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. The Bear Club is a wonderful way to send every child the message that Shriners Hospitals for Children — Greenville is where they are not only cared for, but loved as well. At the Greenville Shriners Hospital it’s one more way we send our “Love to the rescue.”