Mercy Children’s Health and Safety Fair

August 14, 2012

Dr. Gugnani

Dr. P.K. Gugnani (right) examines Waffles for an irregular heart beat

at the Mercy Teddy Bear Clinic. Liz McDowell (left), RN at

Mercy Clinic Arma, awaits the doctor’s recommendation.

nutrition with students.

Fort Scott – With teddy bears in tow, more than 150 children took advantage of the Mercy Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, Aug. 11.

The purpose of the fair was to engage children in fun activities that encourage better choices for long-term health. Physicians, nurses, radiologists and an assortment of other Mercy personnel walked children with dolls or stuffed animals through the teddy bear clinic. Here kids witnessed their prized possession receive examinations, X-rays, vaccinations and even stitches if necessary. 

From healthy snacking, hand-washing techniques to heart pumping fitness activities, kids of all ages were armed with valuable skills and knowledge to make good health decisions. 

“It was a delight to offer an event specifically geared for children,” said Annamarie Holmes, Mercy Clinic Director. “Seeing the excitement on the children’s’ faces was reassurance that the event captured their attention.” 

“The kids loved it and parents commented that they were impressed with the event,” shared John Fox, MD. “We look forward to expanding the fair next year and encouraging greater community involvement.” 

For more information about primary care or pediatric services at the Mercy Clinic visit or call 620-223-8040.


Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of more than 1,700 medical providers across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,600 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit


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