September 20, 2016
Tallahassee, FL ― This month, Capital Regional Medical Center began a pet therapy program with Therapy Dog International. Beginning Sept. 15, handler Leigh Ann Falconer and her certified therapy dog, Ginger, started visiting Capital Regional’s Behavioral Health Center for optional group therapy sessions.
The Behavioral Health Center treats adults 18 and older for a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Pet therapy rounds out the center’s robust list of psychiatric services.
“We are thrilled to be working with TDI and to be offering this service to our patients,” said Meg Young, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Capital Regional Medical Center. “Studies show that contact with pets is beneficial for patient care. The benefits include improved mood, reduced stress levels, decreases feelings of isolation, encourages communication and improves many physical ailments as well.”
In the near future, Capital Regional plans to expand the pet therapy program throughout the hospital.