About the Bear Care Program
When a son or daughter leaves home for Baylor University, you wait for the happy calls, the jubilant emails and even the tearful homesick messages. There’s one call, though, that you dread. When your college student is seriously ill or injured, there’s nothing more stressful than the moment you realize you are not there with immediate comfort and counsel.
Baylor University and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco developed Bear Care Program in 2009 in response to the ever-increasing number of out-of-area family members of Baylor students. Because of strict national privacy laws, communication funneled out of hospitals can be limited or slow. With the Bear Care Program, navigating the healthcare system during emergency situations helps to reduce a parent's anxiety during what can be frightening circumstances.