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LMC to start Caring Clown program

Lincoln Medical Center will be stepping into the center ring when it implements a special Caring Clown program that is designed to aid patients in recovery through humor.
The program, which received hospital approval in August 2004, is designed to draw the patient into a world of amusement to ease loneliness, fear and sadness that are sometimes experienced in a hospital setting.
The first training session for those interested in participating in the Caring Clown program is Jan. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m To register or obtain more information, call Mollie Taylor at (704) 732-5542. The cost is $30 plus materials.
LMC Caring Clown applicants must first apply and pass the application and interview process.
Organized by Mollie Taylor, the Caring Clowns will be trained in costuming, make up, hospital clowning and balloon sculpting. Other clown related classes will be offered as continuing education throughout the year.
Taylor will teach this first session on Jan. 8 along with Klaus and Sherry Peckhaus. who are clowns at Catawba Valley Medical Center, acting as Dr. C. Nyle (memory consultant) and Nurse Miss Fit. Klaus and Sherry started The Good News Clown Ministry in 1984. Together they bring 20 years of experience clowning and have carefully learned the art of teaching hospital and nursing home clowning. In addition to hospital and nursing home funny business, they do a wide variety of teaching in the Hickory area.
At Lincoln Medical Center, Caring Clowns will visit on specified Sunday afternoons. They will also perform and help with community events sponsored by Lincoln Medical Center.by Staff Reports

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