Thursday, February 02, 2012 - First Graders Play Doctors & Nurses for a Day at Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center

Coral Springs, Fla. - More than 100 first graders from Parkside Elementary recently visited Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center (BHCSMC) to become doctors and nurses for a day at the hospital’s annual Play Day/Play Fair event.

During this hands-on health fair, students had the chance to dress up in OR surgical caps and masks and perform a variety of simulated procedures like checking a heart beat. They also learned about x-rays and organs inside the body.

Students also had a chance to participate in “OR Bingo,” get their height and weight checked, visit with clowns and snack on ice cream and animal crackers at the end of the event.

Play Day/Play Fair provides a chance for children to meet real medical professionals and become acquainted with medical equipment in a non-threatening environment, making a future hospital visit less frightening. 

“Play Day/Play Fair is an great opportunity to teach young children about the hospital, their health and their bodies with hands-on manipulation of equipment and fun health-related games,” said Janice Zack, coordinator, Child Life. “It is one way for BHCSMC to give back to the community while potentially helping the kids who attend begin seeing healthcare in a positive way.”

Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes: Broward Health Broward General Medical Center, Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center, Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center, Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health Foundation and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit