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Caring Canines Program
"Compasssion on Four Paws"

Research has shown that a visit by a specially trained therapy dog and handler can reduce stress and pain levels, lower blood pressure and result in shorter hospital stays for many patients.

Since many individuals miss their canine companions, a visit by a tail-wagging therapy dog can bring a more home-like atmosphere to their hospital room.

SwedishAmerican Hospital is proud to offer Caring Canines Program along with the other services we provide to patients. Services are provided by specially trained dogs and their handlers in both individual and group settings.

Are you interested in getting involved? Click here to learn more.

If you have questions about our program, or would like additional information, please call Deb Schwarze, MS, MA, LCPC, Caring Canines Program coordinator, at (779) 696-2166.

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1401 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61104
(779) 696-4400


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