The public is invited to attend a special meet and greet with staff and volunteers of OSF’s Animal Assisted Therapy program Wednesday afternoon.
Animal-assisted therapy uses highly trained animals and handlers to help patients achieve specific physical, social, cognitive and emotional goals. Their visits can help reduce patient’s stress, anxiety, pain and blood pressure.
“There’s a real connection between the animals and patients,” said Laura Fiet, manager of Volunteer Services and Guest Relations. “The therapy dogs tend to brighten the day, whether you’re a patient or a member of the staff.”
Wednesday’s open house will be held in the main lobby at Saint Anthony Medical Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the main lobby. Many therapy dogs and their handlers will be on hand, and cake and punch will be served.
To learn more about the Animal Assisted Therapy program, call (815) 395-5064.