Prisma Health announces Buddy’s Health & Safety House community celebration, including house ‘tours,’ games and giveaways
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Buddy the Bear is putting out the welcome mat on the recently renovated Buddy’s Health & Safety House, an education-tool-on-wheels that helps children learn how to prevent unintentional injuries in the home while also encouraging healthy habits.
The “open-house” celebration will be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. at 255 Enterprise Blvd on the Prisma Health Patewood Medical Campus. The celebration will be the official debut of the house and will also feature games and education for the entire family as well as giveaways of free bicycle helmets. Free car seat checks will be available for registered participants.
“Thanks to our community’s philanthropic support, we were able to complete a major renovation to Buddy’s House,” said Dr. Kerry Sease, medical director of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy, which is part of Prisma Health’s Children’s Hospital. “In South Carolina, a child dies every day from preventable injuries. Being able to bring a new and improved Buddy’s House into our community is instrumental in the education on unintentional injuries and healthy lifestyle habits for our children.”
The new design features interactive exhibits that identify safety hazards and health concerns in the home, ranging from hand hygiene and toilet safety to furniture tip-overs, food preparation, stove safety and avoiding dangerous cleaning supplies.
During the event, children can go inside the house to play interactive games and search for common safety hazards. They will also learn how to build a healthy plate. Advocates will be on site to interact with children, offering guidance on making the healthiest and safest choices in their own homes.
Thanks to the Buckle Up for Life grant from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Toyota, advocates will be on site to provide education about car seat installation, and technicians will be available for free car seat checks. Advance registration is required for the checks, and space is limited.
To register for the car seat check, visit https://prismahealthchildrens.org/programs-and-services/programs/bradshaw-institute-for-community-child-health-advocacy.
Buddy’s Health and Safety House’s renovation was funded by philanthropic support and community sponsors ReWa, South Carolina Federal Credit Union and State Farm.
About Prisma Health
Prisma Health is a private nonprofit health company and the largest healthcare organization in South Carolina. The company has 29,500 team members, 18 acute and specialty hospitals, 2,947 beds, 300 outpatient sites, and more than 5,100 employed and independent clinicians across its clinically integrated inVio Health Network. Along with this innovative network, Prisma Health serves almost 1.5 million unique patients annually in its 21-county market area that covers 50% of South Carolina. Prisma Health’s goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of medical professionals. Learn more at PrismaHealth.org.