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Is your child about to have surgery? Take a pre-surgery tour


Whether you’re 5 or 15, going for surgery can be scary. Taking a pre-surgery tour beforehand can make a surgery less frightening for your child. If your child has a scheduled surgery you can request a tour from one of our certified child life specialists. A child life specialist helps children and families understand what to expect before, during and…

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What is in Melinda's Backpack?


“Dora and her backpack” is how the Child Life Specialists are lovingly referred to by some of the Ambulatory Surgery staff. And what a treasure trove of wonders that backpack and the Child Life Specialists are. Like a magician’s hat, the backpack seems almost bottomless. Melinda Rowe, Child Life Specialist, took time to share just what is in the backpack…

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Hello, It's Nice to Meet You – Dr. Gerald Goldberg

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When our children are sick, we want the best care for them. Care that recognizes the specific needs of pediatric patients. Pediatric specialists like Dr. Gerald Goldberg, who is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Dermatology, are knowledgeable in the differing physiology of children and experienced in treating the youngest amongst us with the tenderness and patience that a child…

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WARNING: Not telling your child about an upcoming surgery can hurt

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In our recent post Teddy Bear Clinic-Demystifying Hospital we shared a few tips about how to approach an upcoming hospital visit, but when to tell your child? Can it be too soon, too late? Caitlin Jackson, Child Life Specialist, specializes in supporting families as they prepare for and recover from surgery. She provides the following information from TMC for Children’s…

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Bear Goes to Surgery-Countdown Day Two

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Nobody likes having surgery, but understanding the process helps make the experience a positive one – especially for children. Whether inpatient surgery or ambulatory (same-day) surgery, children and their parents can tour the hospital to gain an understanding of how things will proceed. If your child requires sedation, surgeons work closely with dedicated pediatric anesthesiologists and a child-life specialist is available…

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