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AT&T RENEWS PHONE PAL PROGRAM AT SCOTTISH RITE CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER

AT&T RENEWS PHONE PAL PROGRAM AT SCOTTISH RITE CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER
 ATLANTA, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T will offer another year of free long-distance and local calling to patients and their families at Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta.
 The company has renewed the Phone Pal program, which provides 24-hour access to a teddy bear telephone that enables families to stay in touch with their loved ones during hospital stays.
 Installed at no charge by AT&T, the teddy bear phone is located in the hospital Chaplain's office and features large, block numbers that make it easy for children to dial their calls.
 "We have parents and children alike who use it constantly. It's an essential part of our pastoral care," said Jackie Watt, Acute Care Chaplain at Scottish Rite.
 Since the phone was installed in 1990, more than 25,785 calls have been made to patients' families and friends throughout the world.
 Willa Gooch of Union City, Ga., the mother of a child in the intensive care unit of Scottish Rite, said parents "really benefit from Phone Pal. Sometimes we just need someone to talk to and the Phone Pal gives us that opportunity to talk to some family members."
 Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center is a 139-bed multi-specialty pediatric medical center providing care to the regional Southeast through more than 400 pediatric specialists. It is particularly known for its orthopaedic work and is gaining a broader reputation for its accomplishments in the treatment of children with cancer, respiratory ailments, and those needing craniofacial and reconstructive surgery, pulmonology, intensive care, neurosurgery and emergency/trauma services.
 Scottish Rite is one of the 18 children's hospitals across the country chosen for the AT&T Phone Pal program.
 The participating hospitals were recommended by the National Association of Children's Hospitals. Criteria included the hospital's interest in participating, the number of children and geographic location. Scottish Rite is the only hospital in Georgia in the program.
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