RMC Welcomes New Therapy Dog

RMC Welcomes New Therapy Dog

December 28, 2022 in Auxiliary, News

Regional Medical Center (RMC) is thrilled to welcome a new therapy dog to our facility. Jo Schreck, volunteer therapy dog handler, has a new friendly face to bring to see patients. Hannah, a golden retriever, is a Certified Therapy Dog that comes to RMC. She helps to provide comfort and enjoyment to anyone who meets her. 

During their visits, Hannah is restrained on a leash and supervised by the handler at all times. Pet therapy can have a positive effect on patients as they are coping with health issues. Potential benefits include reduction in areas of pain, stress, fatigue and depression. Pet therapy is a free and optional service for inpatients at the hospital.

“I love to see people’s faces light up when they see and pet Hannah. Very often, a patient says ‘You made my day!’ when we visit. But really, they make mine,” shares Jo Schreck, volunteer therapy dog handler. 

Any questions about Pet Therapy Services at Regional Medical Center may be directed to Jody Hatfield at 563-927-7581.