Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center has hired a pooch as a 'Justice Volunteer' to greet patients at the facility. The adorable canine named Shiloh's image was shared on Twitter by the hospital’s MD Shari Dunaway, as the dedicated pooch’s employee ID card showed that it was enrolled under the STAR program at the hospital.
Shiloh’s photos caused an outpouring of positive comments from users who went on to share more stories about dogs serving as frontline workers amid the pandemic. A user named Thessa shared the employee card of her pooch, saying, the comfort dog was employed at a medical facility in the Philippines. Another shared a photo of a poodle wearing the protective face covering as it accompanied the hospital staff. One other poodle was seen wearing a badge of a ‘therapy’ dog. Pictures of several such adorable essential workers were shared in the comments thread on the post that amassed 60.8k likes and a slew of reactions.
My hospital hired an employee whose only job is to go around saying hi to other employees while they work pic.twitter.com/WWXNeEiWne— Shari Dunaway, MD (@ShariDunawayMD) November 20, 2020
We had a Fox 🦊 he’d fallen out of the ceiling though , does this count 🙂 pic.twitter.com/Sb9d8m8sEr— julie smith (@juliesmith75) November 20, 2020
We also have our hospital dog in the Philippines. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/OhgPZj3bq6— Thessa Jil Cloma Monera (@ieatjillybeans) November 20, 2020
Wearing PPE we check IT skills and test out the pill pots! All up to CQC standards ... honest pic.twitter.com/NHSMm2BBsE— Pooches (@Pooches20781922) November 20, 2020
Their badges get me every time! 🐾 pic.twitter.com/FruFlIwi4Z— Shannon Garvey, MS (@garveysha) November 20, 2020
We have one who works for the police department, but she visits the ED regularly for snuggles and kisses. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/JgfbbEFyFm— Alana Kinrich, MD (@AlanaKinrich) November 20, 2020
Some of Stanford Hospital’s finest: pic.twitter.com/3CyuNQZSCb— Danielle Burchett, PhD (@prof_burchett) November 20, 2020
I am a nurse my dog and I volunteer on my weekends off but currently Covid prevents us. Dogs can’t be petted. My boy doesn’t understand that restriction. pic.twitter.com/FkDDE9K6qs— WEAR a MASK for a grandma (@mummemj) November 21, 2020
My babies are my therapy. I would be lost without them. pic.twitter.com/nJHgrEFoLC— TloWife (Jul's Wife) (@JulsWifey) November 21, 2020
We are available on a consultancy basis lol Price negotiable lol pic.twitter.com/ZNoh9mVGCU— Pooches (@Pooches20781922) November 20, 2020
The badge photo kills me 😫😫♥️♥️— Steph, RN (@Steph_ICURN) November 20, 2020
A visit from Shiloh would absolutely make my day! Lucky people. ❤️— Renee Yvette (@rebisCA) November 20, 2020
Earlier, in a similar hiring drive, Australian hospitals employed pooches to help doctors and nurses cope with stress due to the onslaught of COVID-19 patients that pushed the facilities to their maximum limits. Commissioned by the St. John of God hospital, a popular amongst the staff pooch named Rosie was seen playing and comforting the staff amid intervals between their busy work schedule. “There’s a lot of mental health struggles that people may not feel like that they can express. So seeing a dog and talking to someone, just having a friendly chat, is actually really great,” nurse Renee Sheridan told Associated Press. Another therapy dog named Jack accompanied Rosie to the ward to make jobs for healthcare workers less tire prone.
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