Plano hospital among first in Texas to have full-time companion dogs on staff

Female patient hugging a therapy dog in a hospital
Female patient hugging a therapy dog in a hospital Photo credit Getty Images/monkeybusinessimages

Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano knows that a little love sometimes is the best medicine, which is why the hospital has become one of the first in Texas to have full-time companion dogs on staff!

The two golden-lab mixes Kahlua and Frenchie not only are involved in patient care, but also help ease stress for health care workers to help prevent burnout.

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Jamile Ashmore, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital-Plano Director of Medical Psychology, told NBC DFW, “Unbiased, unconditional care and affection 100% of the time.  They bring a sense of non-judgmental ease to the patients, as well as our physicians and our staff.”

There’s just one problem with the pooches Baylor Scott & White staff need to address.

"Do they have badges," Ashmore pondered with a smile. "Ah, actually they don't have badges. We need to get them badges!"

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