via Morristown Patch
On Nov. 4 the Hyatt Morristown on Speedwell Avenue will be overrun with pet lovers and medical practitioners as the Morristown Medical Center will present its first Pet Therapy Conference, bringing together experts to discuss the benefits of therapy animals to the field of medicine.
The event, titled, “Who Let the Dogs In?,” will encourage discussion among those involved in animal-assisted therapy, while educating those who want to learn more about the field.
As part of Atlantic Health System, Morristown Medical Center has integrated animal therapy teams into its offerings, through the organization’s pet therapy program, “Healing Paws.” The program has approximately 60 pet therapy teams, each made up of a hospital volunteer and his or her trained dog, that visit common areas such as waiting rooms. Patients and visitors can pet and interact with the dog in the common area. Each therapy team goes through extensive training by licensed organizations.
Visits by Atlantic Health System’s animal teams are available for most patients, as well as their families and other visitors, by request at all Atlantic Health System hospitals, which also include Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation.