Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Be Safe Saturday

Turtle Backpack

This weekend was jam packed full of great family events, another reminder of what a great community we have in Tucson. My family hit Be Safe Saturday on TMC's campus on Saturday morning and ended up staying much longer than the hour and a half we planned. We weren't alone. Eight thousand folks showed up for this annual event and boy, did we have fun.

Tomas and Shelley the Turtles, TMC's mascots, were out in force and their message was getting across. TMC staff and volunteers fitted and gave out over three thousand bike helmets to protect the heads of Tucson's children. Kohl's Cares and TMC were boosting booties by giving away free booster seats. You could have the booster seats installed correctly right there! Car seat safety technicians, including our local law enforcement, checked installation of car seats. (Did you know 85% of car seats are typically incorrectly installed?)

My family loved the treasure hunt, figuring out which booth was a question booth and then learning about all sorts of safety from how to bike safely on Tucson streets, safety plans for our home, to what insects and animals to be wary of in our wild and bizarre desert landscape. All those questions added up to a sweet Desert Kids Safety Program backpack. My daughter hasn't taken her backpack off since receiving it, other then when we peel it off in the evening under much duress. There were jumping castles and martial arts demonstrations, a climbing wall and free ice cream. From this mama's view, Be Safe Saturday really was an amazing event.Did you go? Watch this space for dates for next year. You don't want to miss it!

Be Safe Saturday

Friday, March 25, 2011

Inaugural Post - TMC for Children

Just one month ago we opened the doors on Phase One of the TMC for Children expansion. A new unit created with the comfort and care of children and their families at the forefront of all our decisions.

As work continues on Phase Two we're reaching out across the Internet through facebook, Twitter, and now through this blog, to share with you, to listen to you, and to continue to be a vital part of our community. We hope this can be an informal gateway to learning more about your community hospital and what we have to offer you and your family. Here we plan to tell you of upcoming events and classes, share stories and introduce our staff and resources. If there is some aspect of TMC for Children that you would like to learn more about please contact us at TMCChild at gmail dot com.