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Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities by providing high quality physical and cognitive rehabilitation services, and sometimes, that means thinking beyond traditional therapies. Through the support of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, Magee has established its Facility Dog program, adding a new official member to the Magee team: Joey, a 2-year-old Golden Retriever and Black Lab mix.. Through Magee's Facility Dog program, Joey works alongside trained health and human service professionals to support patients in their therapy and facilitate the rehabilitation process.

Facility Dogs work side by side with health and human service professionals to engage patients in sessions designed to improve functional outcomes, stimulate healing and recovery, and provide comfort and unconditional love. While many health care facilities may have animals visit with patients, these animals are generally handled by volunteers and are not used to help patients meet specific, planned treatment goals. Through Magee's Facility Dog program, the treatment providers are health and human service professionals, not volunteers. Patients' sessions with Joey, who is highly trained and educated, are goal-directed, and functional outcomes are measured, recorded and documented.

If you are interested in donating to the Facility Dog Program at Magee, please send an email to giving@mageerehab.org.