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Legacy in the News: Meet the dogs and cats that heal

Portland Business Journal

February 25, 2014

Any pet owner knows the therapeutic effect dogs and cats have on humans.

Doctors and other caregivers have long known this as well, which is why the major hospital systems in Portland prescribe pet therapy to bring a few minutes of comfort and joy to patients.
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is even participating in a nationwide study that should provide some scientific support for the benefits of animal therapy. The hospital has been welcoming dogs to its hallowed halls for a decade and Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center has for twice that long.

The Portland Business Journal visited patients at both Randall Children’s Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO) at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center and other hospitals in the Portland metropolitan area.

Faces lit up as dogs were brought into patients’ rooms and walked past nurses' stations. Each of these animals seemed to understand their purpose and brought with them an aura of calm and, of course, unconditional love.

View the slide show and read the story.

Contact: Maegan Vidal and Megan Turnell.