Beebe Healthcare offering pet therapy

LEWES – Beebe Healthcare is now offering pet therapy to patients at Tunnell Cancer Center and Beebe Outpatient Surgery Center on SR 24 near Rehoboth Beach.

Beebe team member/PAWS certified handler Christy Duda, standing, with her dog Bruce Wayne AKA Batman and Beebe Dietitian Kim Westcott at Tunnell Cancer Center.

Beebe Healthcare offers pet therapy for patients, visitors, and team members.

This alternative therapy has been shown to decrease blood pressure and improve even short hospital visits for patients and visitors. In addition, having a dog visit has been shown to greatly reduce stress among team members.

Beebe is working with PAWS for People, a Wilmington-based nonprofit 501(c)3 pet therapy organization that recruits, trains, certifies, and places therapy teams in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The PAWS organization helps coordinate teams at more than 130 locations, which now includes Beebe Healthcare in Lewes and Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center near Rehoboth Beach.

All of the dogs and handlers have gone through specific training courses for healthcare visitations.

For more information on pet therapy at Beebe, contact Lee Halloran at (302) 645-3531. For more information on Paws for People, go to www.pawsforpeople.org.

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