Reach Out and Read Program

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)   Today we celebrate Miracles Happening for children right here in our area.

                And it’s only possible because of viewers like you.

                Eyewitness News Reporter Mark Hiller shows us a program that’s helping

Young patients with more than just their physical health.

  Mark Hiller was at Geisinger Pediatrics Hanover Street Clinic with Geisinger Pediatrician Jamian Ryan they were talking about “Reach out and Read”. This is a program Dr. Ryan helped bring to this clinic.

  “I did. I think we started at about ten, eleven years ago. It’s, I mean, it’s longer than we’ve had it here but it’s been here for about, yeah, ten years.”

 Mark Hiller asked “When you think about a clinic and I think most people think they’re going to go and get their blood pressure taken. They’re going to get their temperature taken. But here, this is approaching a different level of health.”

  “Right. This takes care of the other side of health like social, mental health. It helps with literacy. It fosters a love of books. It actually makes the visit easier because the kids are happier to come to the doctor so,” Said Dr. Ryan.

  “Absolutely, and we know the power of reading. And we know now the power of donations from Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, that it’s more than just about those things that are needed in an operating room setting or even in behind the scenes at the doctor’s office, that it’s something like reading,” Asked Mark Hiller.

   “Right. Correct. And I think for people to know it’s important because hopefully most people, most kids don’t have to go to the hospital but every kid goes to the doctor’s office, right? Every kid reads books. Every kid learns to read so it kind of broadens the exposure of kids to Children’s Miracle Network, I think,” Noted Dr. Ryan.

 Mark Hiller “And tell me how the kids actually get to keep one of these books.”

  “So, we… so Children’s Miracle Network funds the books every well visit from age six months to five years old. They come in. They get an age-appropriate new book that they get to take home. And then we also do, we have donated books that are in our waiting room so… and then they can come in. If they’re sitting with their sister and they happen to be eleven and they see a book they like, they can take it home,” Said Dr. Ryan.

  Remember to help support this program, please support Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.  


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