Calhoun Hosts “Let’s Pretend Hospital” To Help Ease Fears

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There will be about 1,400 extra students on the campus of Calhoun Community College this week.  First graders will take part in the school's "Let's Pretend Hospital."

Organizers say the whole idea is to give youngsters an idea of what happens at the hospital, and why.  The goal is to reduce their anxiety about them or someone they know having to go to the hospital.

"The main thing I want the kids to take out of this is, I don't want the kids to fear going into the hospitals and I want them to have a good time while they're here," said Mitch Dial, who portrays a heart patient.

The students in Calhoun's nursing program have set up many of the types of rooms you'd find in a real hospital, including X-ray, the emergency room, and operating rooms.

First graders from Morgan and Limestone counties will visit on Tuesday.