Canine Companions – More Than a Four Legged Friend

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Recognizing there is a deeper bond between canines and humans than meets the eye, CarePoint Health has introduced a new pet therapy program.

therapy dogs at CarePoint Health

Therapy Dog with (left to right) Director of Patient Relations Christ Hospital, Eric Bermudez; Customer Service Excellence Manager Christ Hospital, Yanill Oritz; and Ella's owner Pat Redden.

Janie and Ella’s gentle mannerisms and energetic personalities will provide patients with a unique form of comfort and therapy.

CarePoint Health is pleased to announce the establishment of a new dog therapy program at each of its three hospitals, Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital, and Hoboken University Medical Center. According to Therapy Dogs International (http://www.tdi-dog.org/), pet therapy has positively influenced patients’ moods and increased socialization skills, verbalization skills, mobility, and overall alertness. CarePoint Health is privileged to work with two certified service dogs, Janie and Ella, to provide therapeutic aid to our patients in all three hospitals. Patients can now request pet therapy and meet with the latest additions to our staff in the comfort of their rooms.

Janie, a 5 ½ year old Golden Retriever initially became a certified seeing eye dog three years ago through The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. With an overabundance of seeing eye dogs, Janie went on to become a certified therapy dog with The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Association. Similarly, Ella the 5-year-old Golden Retriever from Jersey City became a certified therapy dog through Canine Companions for Independence. Janie and Ella spend a great deal of time visiting libraries in the community reading and bonding with young children. However, very little reading is achieved as the children cannot get enough of these furry friends. Here at CarePoint Health, Janie and Ella’s gentle mannerisms and energetic personalities will provide patients with a unique form of comfort and therapy. When spotted in the halls of our hospitals, please do not hesitate to greet CarePoint’s latest loveable companions! For scheduling and availability, please contact 201-418-2335 for more information.

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Erica Milstein
Bayonne Medical Center/Christ Hospital
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