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Jeff Dorsey
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Mr. Dorsey, Meet Mr. Dorsey! The Teddy Bear Clinic is Sunday

The 26th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic will be held this Sunday afternoon from noon to 4pm at Blessing Hospital's main entrance. As the founder of this event 26 years ago, the staff at Blessing Riemann College of Nursing was kind enough to name one of two new gigantic Teddy Bears after me.  He is known as the "Dorsey Bear" and the other is known as "Flo" after Florence Nightingale. This morning I got the chance to meet my namesake in our studios.

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Steve Felde, Blessing Hospital
Steve Felde, Blessing Hospital

It’s Not Every Day You Get a Bear Named After You! See ‘Dorsey Brown Bear’ at The Teddy Bear Clinic October 5

A couple of six foot tall stuffed bears will make their first appearance at the Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing’s 26th Annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Sunday, October 5, from Noon to 4 p.m. The Clinic will be held in the Auditorium of Blessing Hospital at 11th Street in Quincy (Hospital main entrance).The new bears are named Flo and Dorsey Brown Bear.

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Getty Images

This is How the Teddy Bear Clinic Got Started

Twenty-five years ago I took my 6-year-old daughter to the Peoria Zoo and as chance would have it one of the Peoria hospitals was holding a stuffed animal day at the Zoo. Little did I know 25 years later, the idea that I brought back to Quincy would still be flourishing. I came back to Quincy thinking that this needs to happen in our town, too.  We didn't have a zoo in Quincy but we did have the Animal Park at the Illinois Veteran’s Home.  Armed with ideas during my drive back to Quincy, I went to work to make sure this took place in our town.  I contacted Blessing Hospital and they set me up with a meeting with the right people and “The Teddy Bear Clinic” was born.

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