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Methodist Mansfield Celebrates National Therapy Dog Day

Methodist Mansfield will be honoring eight dog therapy teams

Therapy dogs enhance the health and well-being of everyone at the hospital. Methodist Mansfield will be honoring eight dog therapy teams who bring a dog day afternoon and delight to patients, physicians, staff, and family members each week at Methodist Mansfield. All the Methodist Mansfield pet therapy dogs have been rescued from shelters. Duke, the golden retriever seen below, was abandoned at a dog park in Arlington before being adopted and trained by Abby Wilson. And today we are not only celebrating national therapy dog day with doggy cake and doggy ice cream, we are celebrating our dog therapy program by having our therapy dogs on duty every single weekday. Today, we will offer interviews with patients so they can tell you how much the pet therapy teams mean to them, and how the dogs enhance health and wellness.

Highlights: · Eight therapy dog’s team celebrating with cake and ice cream at 10 a.m.

Interviews with pet therapy teams and handlers · Interviews with clinical staff discussing evidence based practices on the benefits of pet therapy · Interviews with physicians and family members About Methodist Health System Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated health care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Ten hospitals and more than two dozen Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups are among the facilities served by the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the fastest-growing health systems in America, Methodist continues to add facilities and services to enhance patient care along the entire continuum. 

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