SPARTANBURG — Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s newest employee loves kids, has a great smile … and is green. Shelldon the Turtle joins SRHS as the system’s pediatric mascot.
Shelldon (note the unique spelling) was created to encourage pediatric patients to practice healthy habits and to make them feel better about visiting the doctor.
The mascot, along with his name, was unveiled as part of SRHS’ 2017 Hospital Week celebration.
“Going to the doctor can be scary, especially for our youngest patients,” said Elizabeth Kissinger, RN, MSN, director of women and children’s services. “Associating a friendly, happy figure with the doctor may help ease those fears and make them feel less apprehensive about a doctor’s visit.”
A team of pediatric nurses and health educators brainstormed possible pediatric mascots and narrowed the list of potential animals down to four. Spartanburg Regional associates then voted on their favorite animal. The turtle won by a landslide.
Once the turtle was chosen, pediatric patients colored his picture and suggested a name with their art. The top names were narrowed down to three: Speedy, Shelldon and Shelly. The community cast almost 3,500 votes, and Shelldon was the winner.
Turtles symbolize good health and long life. Turtles also signify a great persistence, determination and endurance.
Get to know SRHS’s new pediatric mascot:
• Hobbies: Playing outside, making friends, taking walks
• Favorite foods: Apples and carrots
• Favorite places: The Pelham Medical Center walking trail, Spartanburg Medical Center’s Liberty Park, any place he can help kids feel better, or a nice cool stream!
• Favorite colors: Purple and blue
• Occupation: Teaching parents and kids about health and safety