Sally and Bob Goldman Therapy Dog Program

Benson, a Golden Retriever and Hope, a Black Labrador, are our certified therapy dogs at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. In addition to the two facility-owned dogs, we have 24 pet therapy teams that visit patients and staff.

Your child can have a photo taken with a therapy dog, and take home Benson and Hope's trading cards and coloring pages.

Therapy Dogs

The therapy dog program at Henry Ford West Bloomfield is one of a kind in that these trained precious pooches offer a different type of healing and help to patients and family members.

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Therapy dogs:

  • Reduce anxiety of patients and family members. (Research indicates therapy dogs can lower blood pressure, reduce feelings of loneliness, and minimize stress among hospitalized patients.)
  • Reduce staff stress. (Studies have found that interacting with a therapy dog can help re-energize and motivate hospital staff.)
  • Interact with patients to aid in speech therapy.
  • Make longer-term patients feel more at home.
  • Educate children about dog safety.

Learn more about our Extraordinary Program Award and the benefits of therapy dogs.

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