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Badges & Bears: Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Patients Recognized as Honorary Officers by Houston Police Department

HOUSTON (March31, 2016)

Badges and BearsPediatric patients at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital were recently recognized as honorary officers by the Houston Police Department (HPD) as part of its new Badges and Bears program. Officers J. Lahar, E.J. Joseph and J. Byrd presented certificates to each of the new “officers” and gave away teddy bears and stickers resembling police badges.

“We wanted to make the children smile and take their minds off why they are at the hospital,” said Officer Lahar. “It’s our hope that a positive visit from a police officer can aid the patients in taking a break from the challenges they might be facing in their lives. It also gives us an opportunity to answer questions the kids might have about a profession in law enforcement.”

The officers also participated in different activities with the patients, such as board games and coloring books.

“As the officers presented them with their honorary badges, the kids were lighting up,” said Giovaana Trainor, child life specialist with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Child Life and Expressive Therapies team. “They love the gifts of course, but a visit from a real-life superhero means more to them than anything else.”

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About Memorial Hermann
An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 24,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 14 hospitals include four hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: an acute care hospital which houses the Texas Trauma Institute and a Level I trauma center of which Life Flight® air ambulance is a part, a hospital for children, a rehabilitation hospital and an orthopedic and spine hospital; nine suburban hospitals; and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute locations, urgent care centers, convenient care centers,  joint replacement centers, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports