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#ChildrensHospitalsWeek Begins March 18 Awareness week encourages support for The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio March 18, 2019

Children's Miracle Network 2019

SAN ANTONIO, TX – To shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is pleased to participate in the third annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, scheduled for March 18-24. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is one of 170 member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across North America participating in the week-long initiative.

You are invited to join us for the following activities:

Tuesday, March 19, 2 -3 p.m. – Teddy Bear Clinic
Patients and families will guide their teddy bear “patient” through a hospital experience. The purpose of the Teddy Bear Clinic is to reduce fear, put smiles on the faces of kids by giving them a stuffed animal, and help children become familiar with medical equipment, resolve misconceptions about health care, and provide health and wellness education. Volunteers from five of our CMN Hospitals partners (Walmart, Costco, Panda Express, JW Marriott, Credit Unions for Kids) will help navigate patients and their teddy bears through various stations, including admitting, triage, radiology, rehab, surgery, and more.

Thursday, March 21, 2 – 3 p.m. – Build Your Own Hospital
In this therapeutic activity hosted by Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, children and families will come together creatively to construct a model of their ideal hospital. They will be using everyday items (boxes, magazine pictures, glue, medical and art supplies) to create details of what they would include in their very own hospital. This activity helps patients focus on the positives of being in the hospital and highlights what is important to them in order to cope with their hospital stay.

Friday, March 22, 2 – 3 p.m. – Game Day
Rackspace volunteers will bring video games to The Children’s Hospital for an afternoon of gaming. Gamers are able to help transport patients and families to other worlds via the games and provide a welcomed distraction from pain and medical procedures.

All activities will be at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio; 333 N. Santa Rosa St. Media may use complimentary valet parking available by entering the driveway in the 300 block of San Saba St. Please check in with the valet before leaving your vehicle.

Other ways you can support #ChildrensHospitalsWeek:

  • Use your mobile phone to give via a text message. Text CHWSA to 41444 to donate.
  • Donate online: childrenshospitalsafoundation.org/CHW
  • Wear a Bandage. Show your support for The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation by wearing a bandage of your choice, taking a photo, and sharing it with the #ChildrensHospitalsWeek hashtag. See example of Chris Pine and Kristen Bell.
  • Tune in to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Live-athon at 7:00pm CST (8:00pm ET) on Wednesday, March 20. The two-hour live fundraiser will feature inspiring pediatric patients from the U.S. and Canada and entertainment from celebrity guests. Watch live on Facebook at Facebook.com/CMNHospitals or Twitch at twitch.tv/extralife4kids.