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Children Celebrate the Holidays; Bring Teddy Bears for Check-Ups

Jefferson Valley, NY - (December 5, 2011) – Children from around the community were invited to join Santa for his annual Holiday Breakfast at the Jefferson Valley Mall, but they didn’t come alone. Each had a teddy bear ready to be “healed” by pediatric and emergency specialists from Hudson Valley hospital Center (HVHC).

Dr. Eric Mier, Pediatrician at Westchester Medical Practice, and Justin Costable, EMS Coordinator/ Emergency Management at HVHC, stood ready to treat each teddy bear with ailments ranging from broken legs to a tummy aches.

“Going to the hospital can be very scary for little children,” said Dr. Mier. “Teddy Bear Clinics offer a fun and interactive way for children to learn about the emergency department. We describe each step as we take care of their most precious toy, helping to reduce any fears they may have.”

More than 50 children from around the community brought their teddy bears to this year’s breakfast. In addition to the Teddy Bear Clinic, children enjoyed breakfast from Desert Moon and a Magic Show, by local magician Joe Fields. Hudson Valley Hospital Center hosts a number of Teddy Bear Clinics throughout the year, and welcomes local children’s groups to visit the HVHC Emergency Room for a Teddy Bear Clinic. For more information or to host a Teddy Bear Clinic, please contact the marketing department at (914) 734-3794 or visit Visit our Moms Love HVHC Facebook page to see more photos.



Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. For physician directory assistance please call 800-482-HVHC or visit