Hundreds of Midlands first-graders will tour Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital next week in an educational event designed especially for youngsters, a program previously proving so popular that the facility now offers it twice every year.
School groups will visit the hospital, located in Columbia, each day from 9:15 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 through Friday, Sept. 30, with the facility prepared to accommodate a total of 1,700 first-grade students.
The Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital wants to help kids and the community better understand health needs, so it has framed its “mini hospital” tour experience to appeal to young children in an atmosphere conducive to learning.
Members of Palmetto Health and Richland County EMS will host interactive learning stations that will include a peek inside ambulances; stations for surgery, X-rays, rehab, pharmacy and respiratory therapy, and tours of the children’s ER and patient rooms.
EdVenture, a local children’s museum, will offer a presentation before the children tour the stations in small groups. In addition, nursing students and participants in the USC Dance Marathon will escort children to all the learning stations.
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital receives over 150,000 children’s visits annually. It is equipped with 350 pediatric specialists and is central South Carolina's only children’s emergency center,