Kaiser Permanente has partnered with the Peninsula Humane Society to bring certified therapy dogs Cody, Molly, London, Bo, Jeremy, and Scooter to our Redwood City Medical Center.
“Having a pet visit can be the highlight of a patient’s day,” says Berta Greenlee, Kaiser Permanente’s Care Experience leader for Redwood City and South San Francisco.
The dogs are bathed and groomed before visiting the hospital, and each wears a photo ID tag. Their handlers, Mike Gonzales, Linde Mead, and Carol Lind, have completed the same training program as our medical center volunteers.
“When the dogs come into a patient’s room, they’re on their best behavior,” says Greenlee. “They’re social and friendly, and they remind patients of their own pets. It gives them something to think about and talk about besides their illness.”
To request a visit for a hospitalized friend or family member, talk to his or her nurse or social worker. Our Santa Clara Medical Center also has a therapy dog program.
Learn how pets can help your health. You can find out more about volunteering with pets online or by calling 650-340-8200.
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