Navigation Links
Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, Establishes Family dog Visitation Program Called “Healing Paws”
Date:6/1/2013

Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) June 02, 2013

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is believed to be the first children’s hospital in the country to open a dog visitation program called “Healing Paws” to reunite long-term pediatric patients with their pets. The program is an expansion of the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s Pet Therapy Program, which brings carefully trained dogs that belong to volunteers to the bedside of patients.

The center, which allows one patient at a time to visit with his or her dog in a private space, is wheelchair- and stretcher-accessible.

The program will focus on long-term patients such as those with cancer or other chronic or life-limiting illnesses. Healing Paws will be managed by Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Department in collaboration with the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, who will carefully select patients and dogs for visits. Child Life specialists offer children distraction during procedures and hospital stays through play and emotional support.

“We know that a child’s pet is an important member of his family, and that pets can be a great comfort and source of affection for our patients,” says Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin. “We are excited to establish this innovative program as a gift to the patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. It is part of our complete body-mind approach to children’s health care.”

Patients who will reunite with their dogs will be carefully chosen by Child Life and must meet certain requirements. The dogs must be at least 12 weeks old and potty trained, and must have a health certificate from a veterinarian ensuring the dog’s good health. The visit takes place in a private area outside of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, but within quick transport distance for children who are ill.

The program began reuniting patients with their dogs May 31, starting with 17-year-old Vanessa Blond and her grandmother’s dog (which she considers her own), Ginger.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10790198.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Jolie Ravioli, America’s Original and Number #1 Selling Children’s Ravioli Now Ready for Distributors, Brokers and Retailers
2. RE/MAX Suburban Brokers in Arlington Heights Plan June 8 Garage Sale to Benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital
3. Personal Injury Law Firm Issues New Infographic Detailing a Potential Link Between Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Common Children’s Medicines
4. Children’s National to Host Symposium on Medical Device Development
5. Exposure to Secondhand Smoke May Lead to Worsening of Pediatric Kidney Disease; Pediatric Nephrology Publishes Dayton Children’s, Johns Hopkins Joint Study
6. Leading Children’s Sun Protection Swimwear Company Platypus Australia use Skin Cancer Awareness Month to Help Educate Parents
7. Transonic Supports Surgeon’s Dream for Ethiopian Children’s Heart Center and Training Facility
8. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Selects Voalte
9. Boston Children’s Museum Received National Medal for Museum and Library Service in White House Ceremony
10. Leonard Lucarelli’s New Children’s Book Urges Good Hygiene
11. Mother-Daughter Team from RE/MAX Plans 3rd Annual Michelle Radke Benefit on May 19 in Libertyville to Aid Lurie Children’s Hospital
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... , ... May 02, 2016 , ... Dr. Philip Shindler, ... patients with same day treatments. In the past, many necessary dental treatments could require ... along with multiple anesthetic shots and extra chair time. Not only could this be ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Naperville, Illinois (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... our modernized mail back service. MedPro now offers its mail back service for ... this offer; we are now able to provide service to all of the clients ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... NV (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... Pharmacy Times, has announced a new Specialty Pharmacy Patient Satisfaction Award that will ... based on the quarterly results from Zitter Health Insights’ Specialty Pharmacy Patient Satisfaction ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... , ... The 2016 World Ultimate & Guts Championship (WUGC) Mixed roster was announced in February ... The WUGC is being held in London, England this year from June 18-25. At the ... another gold in the women’s masters division, and a silver in the women’s division, so ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Pregnancy Awareness Month offers a great time to get ... “If you are ready to have a baby, it’s best to get started before ... is your Personal Conception & Pregnancy Organizer, written for women who plan on becoming ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)...  While Abbott,s announced purchase of St. Jude ... and stent business, healthcare research firm Kalorama Information ... into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said that patient monitoring ... with double-digit growth expected the next 5 years, ... Patient Monitoring . Abbott Laboratories agreed to ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... NEW YORK , April 28, 2016  The ... reached 275 million dollars, according to Kalorama Information and ... includes typing, immunoassays and nucleic acid testing.  The healthcare ... had made progress in developing blood collection stations and ... was made in Kalorama Information,s report, Blood ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016 Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug delivery ... upcoming PIONEERS 2016 conference, presented by Joseph Gunnar ... New York . Nadav Kidron , ... conference. Presentation Details:   PIONEERS ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: