By: Sharon Aron Baron
Patients will get an extra dose of emotional support at Broward Health Coral Springs after teaming up with the Humane Society of Broward County to bring its patients a new animal-assisted therapy program.
All the dogs involved in the “Canines for Community Resilience” program are certified and trained to work in unpredictable, fast-paced, and frequently changing environments like BHCS’s emergency room where they provide comfort and emotional support to trauma patients.
“We are very grateful for our partnership with the Humane Society of Broward County and its Pet Therapy Program,” said Jared Smith, CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs.
Smith said that research has shown that therapy animals can greatly reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, and even enhance the healing process for patients.
“They also bring lots of smiles to the faces of our patients, their families, and our dedicated staff and that’s priceless.”
Broward Health President/CEO Beverly Capasso said that teaming up with the Humane Society of Broward County is another great example of how they are committed to providing the highest quality care to their patients and their families.
“We are always exploring new ways to enhance, expand and further develop Broward Health’s offerings while continuing to provide quality care,” said Capasso.