COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The hospital can be scary places for kids, trying to curb that fear, Kindergarten students spend the day treating some special patients at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
More than 120 Kindergarteners from Ichabod Crane were at the Columbia Memorial Hospital diagnosing teddy bears.
Each student was given their own bear to diagnose and the bears were given band-aids and ice packs to treat their "injuries".
"The emergency room is always a fearful experience for many people. People come in and they're anxious and they have their loved ones with them and for kids it's especially difficult to deal with this so we're doing this today to try to dispel the fear that they have when they come in," said Dr. Arun Nandi, Head of Dept. Emergency Medicine.
This is the first year of the program which is sponsored by Columbia Memorial Hospital, Columbia-Greene Media, and Emergency Medical Associates.