Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center’s Volunteer Services Department is offering a Delta Society Pet Patrol Workshop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 6 and Saturday, March 13 for individuals interested in offering therapeutic pet visitations for hospital patients and visitors. Pet behavioral testing will be held on Saturday, March 27 for current pet patrol teams and new teams who complete the workshop. Pet Patrol teams provide a sense of comfort and normalcy during hospitalization; promote self-esteem through unconditional love; and provide an outlet for anxiety, stress and depression.
All potential volunteers must complete an application process. To attend the Delta Society Workshop, or for more information about Mercy Pet Patrol, call 330-489-1182.
A collaborative effort between nursing units, Mercy Volunteer Services and Pet Patrol teams, Mercy began this pet therapy program in 1995 and currently has 25 active teams. “Seeing an animal in a hospital setting is not typical, so when a patient sees one of our Pet Patrol teams, it boosts their spirits,” says Beth Ransom, volunteer relations specialist at Mercy Medical Center.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com.
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