Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy Program

Pet Therapy Program

The Pet Therapy Program at Orange Regional was created to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of our patients on a daily basis.

Golden retriever dog wearing an Orange Regional Medical Center Pet Therapy Program bandana around his neck.In addition to their wagging tails, happy faces and warm noses, our therapy dogs contribute to the many benefits that pet therapy provides including:

  • Diminished pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased relaxation
  • Stress reduction
  • Increased socialization
  • Reminiscence
  • Encouragement for patients to communicate despite speech or hearing disabilities
  • Companionship
  • Mental stimulation
  • Mood improvement

The pet therapy program overall offers to patients a welcome distraction from illness and hospitalization and a reduction in boredom.

A visit by a therapy dog and their handler not only helps brighten the day for our patients but also brings joy to our staff and visitors. With the understanding that some patients have health restrictions that prevent them from being visited, the Pet Therapy Program works in collaboration with the hospital’s departments, excluding the Intensive Care Unit.

If you or your family would like more information on the Pet Therapy Program, please contact our Director of Volunteer Resources, Debbie Linken, at 845-333-0213 or

Patient Support

Patient Support and resources at Orange Regional Medical Center
In addition to our complementary holistic services, we offer many other programs and services that help to heal and support patients and their families. From spiritual and religious support to our specialized staff members available to give special attention to our patients and visitors.

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Should you have any questions about your stay at Orange Regional Medical Center or about planning to visit a family or friend who is a patient, do not hesitate to contact us at 845-333-1000.

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