Hospital emergency room introduces short story dispenser

The stories are designed to take your mind off your surroundings.

Lynne Adkins
October 22, 2018 - 10:00 pm
Doylestown Hospital offers free short stories from a dispenser.

Photo by Doylestown Health


DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) —  Sitting around a hospital emergency room can leave people bored and anxious. Now, it can also leave them entertained. 

Visitors can get a good read to pass the time while waiting in the Doylestown Hospital emergency room by just pushing a few buttons on a machine that dispenses free short stories. 

Laura Wortman, Vice President of Development, says this is a first in a hospital setting.

"They range from one, three, to five minutes and allow people just a brief respite from whatever they're going through during the day just to have a moment to read a story. It's non-toxic paper, non-toxic ink, recycled paper," Wortman said. 

She says the stories are classics, poetry and uplifting human tales designed to take people's minds off their surroundings and impending treatment.