Medina Journal-Register — Companionship in the form of man’s best friend has been a mainstay at Medina Memorial Hospital for quite some time.
Every Wednesday, one or two Golden Retrievers from Therapy Dogs International visit patients.
“The dogs are trained and they bring a comfort to our long-term care patients,” said Dolores Horvath, hospital CEO.
“They visit with the patients and when they’re done here they go to the VFW in Medina to visit with some local veterans,” she said.
Horvath said the dogs have been specially bred and trained to bring comfort to various segments of the population.
As they relate to the hospital, though, Horvath said they are a welcome sight every week.
“It’s a wonderful service for our long-term care patients,” she said. “The patients love it.”
Horvath, who is a nurse by trade, said in her experience animals generally help patients.
“Over the years, whenever you bring in animals like a dog or a cat, they create a special bond with the patients, especially those that are here for a long time,” Horvath said.