Washington, Mo. – Mercy will be at the Fair, giving out health and safety tips and gifts to fairgoers of all ages.
“As Washington’s largest employer and the area’s largest health care provider, we’re connected to the community. We want to be at the Fair, providing health services,” said Terri McLain, president of Mercy Hospital. “Most importantly, we want everyone in our hometown to have a great time and be safe.”
Each year, Mercy health providers help staff the First Aid station with the Washington Ambulance District to provide a safe haven for fairgoers who encounter illnesses or injuries. This year, on Friday, August 9, Mercy clinicians also will provide their expertise for kid safety and car seat checks while Life at Play will provide a photo booth that kids and adults will enjoy.
Life at Play will be set up by the Mercy Rest Tent. People may dress in glitzy costumes and accessories provided by Life at Play and pose alone or with their friends and family to commemorate their visit to the Fair. Life at Play will take photos from 10 to 2 p.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m. Participants will receive a free 5x7 color photo.
Mercy will present Safety Land behind the First Aid Station. From 10 to 2 p.m. little ones will receive a plush teddy bear to be seen by Mercy Clinic health providers. Plush bears will be available for kids to take home while supplies last. Starting at 10 a.m. and through the evening, Mercy’s registered dieticians will offer Jump into Health, a nutrition and fitness program for kids, and a fun fitness course.
Outside the fairgrounds, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North gate, Mercy, in partnership with Safe Kids St. Louis and Kohl’s, will provide car seat safety checks.
“About 4 out of 5 car seats are not properly installed, and that can lead to injuries in just minor accidents,” said Nicki Harriman, RN. “During this car seat safety inspection, we can evaluate your car seat and update you on car seat safety laws to ensure that your kids are safe.”
At the Town and Country Fair Parade on August 4, Mercy co-workers will be walking with Mercy’s float to show their community pride. They will be handing out cool treats and gifts to parade watchers. Attendees are encouraged to watch for the Mercy float.