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A visitor from Pet Partners of Syracuse checks in with a family member of a patient at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in the waiting room. The hospital recently launched a pet therapy program to help patients and their family members, as well as staff, cope with the stresses of the hospital environment.

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Pet therapy program at St. Joe’s gets to ‘the heart of healing’

Research has proven that companion animals can relieve stress, anxiety and loneliness, particularly among people in need of additional emotional support, like those in a hospital setting. That’s why St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has introduced a pet therapy program, bringing in Pet Partners of Syracuse to visit patients, family members and staff to help alleviate some of the stresses of hospital life.


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