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Children learn in 'Let's Pretend Hospital'

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Healthcare workers teamed up to put on "Let's Pretend Hospital" for Decatur area children. Healthcare workers teamed up to put on "Let's Pretend Hospital" for Decatur area children.

Decatur area kids received a kinder, gentler introduction to what is inevitably a traumatic ordeal - a trip to the hospital. Healthcare workers and educators teamed up to make it all, at least, a little friendlier. With a "Let's Pretend Hospital."

"We try to put each event that will occur in a hospital admission in a setting that they can understand and relate to, and it's fun," said Bret McGill, the Division of Health Dean at Calhoun Community College.

The children start in the emergency room and learn about George the Monkey's bike accident and the importance of helmets, arm and knee pads. 

Role playing helps in the admission office to understand what mom and dad go through. In the patient room, first-graders are introduced to stethoscopes and call buttons.  

Wide-eyed wonder meets reality inside the ambulance. Health safety rooms, x-ray and much more give these children a better understanding of the steps taken for hospital admission.

"So it allows the child when he has to experience something, he'll at least understand and kind of recall these moments that are more positive," said McGill.

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