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Sometimes the best medicine doesn’t come in a bottle, but with four paws and a wagging tail.
Medical students with The University of Tennessee Health Science Center chapter of The Gold Humanism Honor Society celebrated the pet therapy teams at Methodist University Hospital with a special thank you gift for the work they do to provide compassionate, patient-centered care.
“The difference Lilah and Lil’ Man, our tiniest caregivers, can make in our patients’ lives is truly remarkable,” said Heather Swanson, MD, a hospitalist with Methodist University Hospital. “I’ve seen stroke patients who have given up find with the help of our therapy dogs the motivation to lift their arm and participate in their physical therapy.”
Lilah and Lil’ Man exude happiness as they make their way from patient to patient. They help reduce patients’ stress and anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and bring a smile to everyone’s face.
Dr. Swanson says patients aren’t the only ones who benefit from the canines who come to visit. The furry therapists also boost the spirits of visitors, nurses, doctors and other medical staff.