The Doggie Brigade comes to Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley

It’s official. The Beeghly campus has gone to the dogs.

Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade program has expanded to the Mahoning Valley.

“Several studies have found that the presence of pets can have a positive influence on our health,” said Dr. LeRoy Eberly, lead hospitalist at Akron Children’s Beeghly Campus in Boardman. “Specifically this could mean reducing anxiety and lowering blood pressure. For children, helping them relax, improving their mood, and lifting their spirits while in the hospital setting is very important to their overall well-being.”

Current members of the Mahoning Valley Brigade include Jack, a Lab mix; Kaya, a Belgian Shepherd mix; and Yogi, a Lab/Golden cross.

Each dog has passed strict physical and behavioral requirements. Weekly or biweekly visits are scheduled with patients who have been cleared by their doctors to receive visits from these four-legged friends.

Whether they are by a sick child’s bed, roaming the hallway, or in the activity rooms, the Doggie Brigade is good medicine for kids – bringing big smiles and a great deal of comfort.

Akron Children’s Doggie Brigade at the Akron campus is the oldest chapter in the country and has 95 canines and owners.

If you would like to learn more about the Doggie Brigade at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, please call Volunteer Services at 330-746-8350.

Doggie Brigade comes to Mahoning Valley
Publication: Children's Progress
Issue: Spring

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