Pets, with their energy and unconditional love, can light up a room. Hospital rooms, however, have been largely off-limits for these furry friends.
But this past year, Rush became one of a handful of medical centers in the nation to adopt a policy allowing pets to visit patient rooms.
"When you say 'hospital and dog,' it doesn't sound like it fits," says Diane Gallagher, RN, associate vice president of nursing operations at Rush. "But this is one more tool we have to help patients get through what may be some of their worst days."
Pet visits must adhere to guidelines and be approved in advance by staff and others affected. Patients can check with their hospital care team for eligibility.
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