Canine Therapy Corps has worked with Northwestern Memorial Hospital to provide room-to-room dog visitations since 2010. Eighteen teams of dogs and their human companions visit inpatients and outpatients in medical, oncology and neuro/ortho/spine departments offering Animal-Assisted Activity (AAA) services, which aim to bring comfort and companionship to patients and their loved ones.
Canine therapy programs are also offered at Central DuPage Hospital, which has three dogs that visit patients in neurology and pediatrics; at Kishwaukee Hospital, which has a service corps of 11 canines; Delnor has two dogs that visit patients on all floors as well as vaccine clinics; and at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, which includes one-on-one dog therapy on request.
Watch the video below to meet one therapy dog named Sedona and her owner, Lori Schneider, program leader for Canine Therapy Corps at Northwestern Memorial. To learn more about Sedona, visit Northwestern Medicine Breakthroughs in Care.