Family Pet Center

Our Barbara Gray steps away from her regular book beat to introduce listeners to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Family Pet Center, located at the Mt. Auburn facility, and one of only two such programs in the US. Kate Shamszad, Critical Manager for the Division of Child Life and Integrative Care at Children’s explains the benefits of this space where kids and their pets can spend time during a hospitalization.

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For young children fighting serious illnesses and practically living in a hospital, life can be very ruff, er, rough. Studies show interacting with animals boosts spirits and helps patients heal. Now Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is building a Family Pet Center to reunite long-term patients with the own pets.

The hospital says it is the first pediatric hospital in the country to build such a facility.