‘Pet the Pooch’ program brings stress relief for hospital staff

January 2, 2015 10:00 AM

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From the emergency room to patient care, stress runs rampant in those on a mission to save people’s lives. To help healthcare workers, man’s best friend has a mission of his own: Bringing a smile to the employees at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP).

In June 2013, ER nurse Heather Matthew founded the Pet the Pooch program at HUP after realizing how much her bulldog Annabelle helped her unwind after a long day at work.

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