ER Heroes

Great Reads

Forefront--Fall 2008When children enter the emergency department at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw, they soon forget about their ailments. In 2003, the department began its “ER Books” program that makes sure kids spend their waiting time reading books of their choice — and they can take a book home. Since the program was launched by Stephanie J. Duggan, MD, FACEP, director of the emergency department, an estimated 100,000 books have been given to children. Dr. Duggan finds that the kids are more comfortable and easier to examine after a good read. “You see these kids’ faces when they get to choose a book to take home and it’s unbelievable,” she says. Just as surprising has been the tremendous local support that helps keep the ER stocked with books — the St. Mary’s Foundation has supported book drives and offered high school athletes free physicals in exchange for donating a children’s book. “This program is a win-win for our hospital, the emergency department, and the kids who get the books,” she says. “We’ve built camaraderie in our community and helped out the little ones.”  

 


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