Pooches help speed up recovery

Gary_Westmont Patients in the Cancer Care Center look forward to their special visitors each time they visit for their appointments.Patients in the Cancer Care Center look forward to their special visitors each time they visit for their appointments. Hannah, a golden retriever, visits a patient on the unit after surgery.Hannah, a golden retriever, visits a patient on the unit after surgery. Grace, a newfoundland, looks forward to her visit to the Cancer Care Center every Wednesday.Grace, a newfoundland, looks forward to her visit to the Cancer Care Center every Wednesday. Haley Thomas, nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, enjoys the visits from the pet therapy dogs each week.Haley Thomas, nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, enjoys the visits from the pet therapy dogs each week. Volunteers escort the pups and their owners around the hospital to visit patients. They, too, grow fond of these pooches.Volunteers escort the pups and their owners around the hospital to visit patients. They, too, grow fond of these pooches.

Pediatric and oncology patients at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill. say some of their best care comes from four-legged furry friends. Click here to watch these pups in healing action.

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Sarah Scroggins
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